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On October 21st 2015, the day that Doc brought Jennifer and Marty to the future, IDW Publishing launched a comic books series based on Back to the Future.

Initially, the series was meant as nothing more than an anthology, with the first volume, "Untold Tales and Alternate Timelines," plugging in a few continuity holes and offering some World Building. Overwhelming positive response however saw the rise of an ongoing series that lasted for a solid three years.
Tropes used in Back to The Future include:


Main Series

  • Ascended Extra:
    • Jennifer finally gets to do something.
    • Uncle Joey in the final arc.
  • Ascended Fanon: The comics confirm Cracked.com's theory that Doc Brown burnt down his house for insurance money. Though he had other reasons, well intentioned reasons, money was a primary concern.
  • The Atoner: It's implied several times that Doc's shift to more peaceful sciences is derived from how much harm the Manhattan Project did.
  • Born in the Wrong Century: Clara notes this much about herself and Doc.
  • Clear My Name: Uncle Joey in the final arc.
  • Grandfather Paradox: 1985-A is revealed to be one. As Doc Brown never invented the time machine, how can old Biff give his younger self the Almanac? Doc suspects that he and Marty are protected by some "bubble" of the prime reality but that it'll soon burst.
  • Happy Ending Override: The first arc is not only Marty wanting a new adventure, but also acts as Interquel to Part III, meaning Marty has to juggle his desire for more adventure against ruining the peace and the space-time continuum. The second has Marty's new life falling apart because Ripple-Effect-Proof Memory means that there's bits of it that he doesn't remember.
  • Interquel: The first arc and several early adventures of the "present" Doc take place between Marty returning to 1985 from 1885 and Doc showing up in 1885 with the time train.
  • Reality Ensues: As the technology to swap faces exists, new technology had to be invented to prevent identity theft. In this case, gene scanning.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Professor Irving. Oh gods Professor Irving. Why settle for a $10 word when a $10,000 word exists?
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: As Marty asks, what happened to the Marty who travelled back to 1955 from Lone Pines Mall? It's never really answered. Doc suspects that the changes to Marty's personal timeline are so minor, in a cosmic sense of the word, that nothing really changed.
  • Zeerust:
    • 2015 is still shown how it is in the films but incorporates the internet.
    • 2035 is a massive self-parody of The New Tens.

Biff to the Future

  • Alternate Timeline: A look at what led to the nightmarish dystopia of Part II. This time however, the prime Marty and Doc don't show up to fix things.
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: Marty suspects this is why Biff's funeral had such a large turnout. Everyone wanted to make sure he was really dead.
  • Asshole Victim: Everyone who dies really had it coming.
    • Biff's grandmother all but embodied Evil Old Folks and was an Abusive Parents whose parenting led to her son joining the mafia. The end of issue 1 has her being killed by a conman.
    • Said conman has his head bashed in with a tire iron by Biff. Biff justifies it as being an act of self-defence.
    • Bernie Kessoff, the film producer Biff worked with. While Biff hoped to make it big in Hollywood, Kessoff just drained Biff of his money for his own benefit. After their film turned out to be a Box Office Bomb, Biff wised up and tricked Kessoff into placing a bet at a mob run racetrack Biff had been warned to stay away from.
    • Biff himself in the finale.
  • Breast Expansion: Lorraine. The party girls approved of their quality.
  • The Cameo:
    • The Delorean (unmodified) appears under a sheet in Doc's garage.
    • Old Man Peabody (the owner of the farm that Marty crashed into) appears as a mental patient, ranting about the alien who crashed in his farm.
  • Chekov's Gun: Doc seeing the exhibit on Mad Dog Tannen.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Biff.
  • Cut Himself Shaving: Bernie Kessoff died in an "obvious suicide", shooting himself five times in the head.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: While Biff specializes in this, his crowning moment has to be firing Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein (the two reporters who kicked off the Watergate scandal) all because he thought "Watergate" was Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness for "dam."
  • Everyone Has Standards: Lorraine has watched Biff ruin her family, her town, and herself. When she hears that he's running for President, it's the Godzilla Threshold and she outright tries to kill him.
  • Flanderization: 90% of Biff's dialogue is him making malapropisms.
  • Greed: The more powerful Biff becomes, the more power he wants.
  • Heroic Willpower: Rather than talk, Doc Brown voluntarily shut down his higher functions.
  • Historical Hero Upgrade: Biff gives Mad Dog Tannen one.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident:
    • The shady government figure suggests Biff does this with the McFlys. First present the image of an all American family then have them killed by "terrorists" to win the sympathy vote.
    • Doc tricks Biff to 1884 where Mad Dog Tannen kills him. Upon Biff's corpse returning to the present, Doc electrocutes his cronies with an electric mat. Since Biff had so many enemies, no one bothers to look into this too much.
  • The Men in Black: Biff's unnamed Dragon gives off this vibe.
  • Mythology Gag: The time machine here is built out of an old fridge, its form in the original drafts of the first film.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: To everyone's collective ire, Biff is not just a bully and has some surprisingly intelligent moments.
  • The One That Got Away: Biff says this word-for-word with regards to Lorraine. His second wife is understandably not pleased and storms out.
  • Out-Gambitted: What does Biff in in the finale. He actually thought he could outsmart Doc Brown.
  • Pocket Protector: Lorraine tries to shoot Biff in the heart but the little black book that holds all his illegal deeds blocks the bullet.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Biff is still the teenager he was when he got the Almanac.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • A recurring theme is, just because you have money, that doesn't make you a smart businessman. As the Almanac is Biff's cheat sheet, he has no real concept of how to wisely spend and invest money.
    • Biff makes win after win with the Almanac. Eventually, the casinos and race tracks stop taking his bets.
    • With Hill Valley's dilapidated state, Doc couldn't get all the resources to make the Delorean time machine and substituted it with a fridge.
    • This Marty has never met Doc Brown so he has no idea what Doc is saying when he describes the events of the first film.
  • Ret-Gone: Doc tries to invoke this with regards to Biff only to learn Biff is a bastard and his parents had a Shotgun Wedding.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money: Biff in a nutshell.
  • Shrouded in Myth: Doc Brown made this an Invoked Trope so that he could work in solitude.
  • Stalker Shrine: Biff has one to Lorraine.
  • Unperson: After he marries Lorraine, Biff makes one out of George.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Ronald Reagan gives Biff the advice to get out of Hollywood, go back home, and put his money to good use.
  • Villain Protagonist: Biff.
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • The Anti-Biff society proposes using the time machine to kill Biff as a baby. Doc overrules this.
    • Biff gets Doc to cooperate by threatening to kill Marty. Doc has no doubt that Biff would follow through on it without any hesitation.

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Tales From the Time Train

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