History Characters / TheOrderOfTheStickAzureCity

21st Dec '17 3:10:54 AM StFan
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* ThePaladin: Holy warrior that is solidly more ''good'' than ''lawful''. His origin story shows that he holds ''both'' to equal measure. Despite being the only thing standing between two warring factions, he refuses to fight ''either'' side, [[spoiler:his overzealous countrymen, and the innocent hobgoblins who are supposed to be his enemies]]. He also refuses to just abandon his duty, which would have saved his own lifeat the cost of allowing weaker innocents to be hurt instead.

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* ThePaladin: Holy warrior that is solidly more ''good'' than ''lawful''. His origin story shows that he holds ''both'' to equal measure. Despite being the only thing standing between two warring factions, he refuses to fight ''either'' side, [[spoiler:his overzealous countrymen, and the innocent hobgoblins who are supposed to be his enemies]]. He also refuses to just abandon his duty, which would have saved his own lifeat life at the cost of allowing weaker innocents to be hurt instead.
20th Dec '17 11:59:10 PM Dravencour
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* TragicFlaw: Miko's pride is by far her biggest flaw, as it keeps her from questioning her actions or acknowledging the idea that she ''might'' be wrong about some rather important things.
19th Dec '17 5:23:06 PM RoninMacbeth
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* ThePaladin: Holy warrior that is solidly more ''good'' than ''lawful''. His origin story shows that he holds ''both'' to equal measure. Despite being the only thing standing between two warring factions, he refuses to fight ''either'' side, [[spoiler:his overzealous countrymen, and the innocent hobgoblins who are supposed to be his enemies]]. He also refuses to just abandon his duty, which would have saved his own life, but allowed weaker innocents to be hurt instead.

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* ThePaladin: Holy warrior that is solidly more ''good'' than ''lawful''. His origin story shows that he holds ''both'' to equal measure. Despite being the only thing standing between two warring factions, he refuses to fight ''either'' side, [[spoiler:his overzealous countrymen, and the innocent hobgoblins who are supposed to be his enemies]]. He also refuses to just abandon his duty, which would have saved his own life, but allowed lifeat the cost of allowing weaker innocents to be hurt instead.
14th Dec '17 8:17:12 PM papyru30
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** Redcloak points out that her lack of fear due to being a Paladin makes her just as unnatural as Xykon. Though how much of this was his actual opinion and how much was part of Xykon's plan isn't clear.
25th Nov '17 7:15:33 PM MBG
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* RedShirt: Initially; her class (Warrior) is meant to imply this.
9th Nov '17 2:52:59 AM GliderPro
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* SoleSurvivor: Besides O-Chul himself, he's the only member of their detachment to survive the battle at the beginning of ''How the Paladin Got His Scar''.

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* SoleSurvivor: Besides O-Chul himself, himself (and Zhou Bo, who deserted), he's the only member of their detachment to survive the battle at the beginning first few pages of ''How the Paladin Got His Scar''.
29th Oct '17 8:34:44 PM NanoMoose
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* TragicHero: She tries to do what's right, but her self-awareness evaporates in the face of her paranoia and zealotry. [[spoiler:They lead directly to her death, and her inability to even ''acknowledge'' to her flaws means she finds no redemption there.]]

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* TragicHero: She tries to do what's right, but her self-awareness evaporates in the face of her paranoia and zealotry. [[spoiler:They lead directly to her death, and her inability to even ''acknowledge'' to her flaws means she finds no cannot find redemption there.]]
29th Oct '17 8:32:04 PM NanoMoose
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* TragicHero: She tries to do what she believes is right but looses sense of herself due to paranoia and zealousness. [[spoiler:Then she dies without being able to redeem herself.]]
* TraumaCongaLine: In the span of a couple days she [[spoiler:learned of an impending attack on her homeland, learned that her mentor had been lying to her her entire life, executed him for treason, learned he was innocent of said treason, lost her powers, lost her homeland, was thrown in prison, and finally died.]]

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* TragicHero: She tries to do what she believes is right what's right, but looses sense her self-awareness evaporates in the face of herself due to her paranoia and zealousness. [[spoiler:Then zealotry. [[spoiler:They lead directly to her death, and her inability to even ''acknowledge'' to her flaws means she dies without being able to redeem herself.finds no redemption there.]]
* TraumaCongaLine: In the span of a couple days she [[spoiler:learned of an impending attack on her homeland, learned that her mentor had been lying to her her entire life, executed him for treason, learned he was innocent of said treason, lost her powers, lost her homeland, was thrown in prison, and finally died.died in disgrace.]]



* WarriorMonk: Because she was raised in a monastery, she has a few levels of monk.

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* WarriorMonk: Because she was raised in a monastery, she has a few levels of monk.Monk.



* WhatTheHellHero: She gets hit by several of these speeches. By Roy, and also Redcloak, in a case of a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech. Apparently she gets this a lot.
* WindmillCrusader: Her quest to smite evil takes strange turns indeed.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: A minor example, but being the most powerful paladin in the Sapphire Guard clearly went to her head, disconnecting her from reality. Always being far away from Azure City also helped.

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* WhatTheHellHero: She gets hit by several of these speeches. By Roy, and also Redcloak, in a case of a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech. Apparently she gets this it a lot.
lot. (You'd think she'd take a hint.)
* WindmillCrusader: Her quest to smite evil takes strange turns indeed.
turns.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: A minor example, but being the most powerful paladin in the Sapphire Guard clearly went to her head, disconnecting her from reality. Always being far away from Azure City also helped.didn't help.
29th Oct '17 6:52:40 PM NanoMoose
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* TheMillstone: Vaarsuvius' opinion of Miko. Then again, that's [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0599.html sometimes]]
[[InsufferableGenius Vaarsuvius]]' opinion of anyone other than Vaarsuvius.

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* TheMillstone: Vaarsuvius' opinion of Miko. Then again, that's sometimes [[InsufferableGenius Vaarsuvius]]' opinion of anyone other than [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0599.html sometimes]]
[[InsufferableGenius Vaarsuvius]]' opinion of anyone other than Vaarsuvius.
Vaarsuvius]].



** Tells the new High Priest of Thor when offered a seat that standing builds character. (of course, she also mentions that she had been riding a horse for four days.)

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** Tells the new High Priest of Thor when offered a seat that standing builds character. (of (Of course, she also mentions that she had been riding a horse for four days.)
29th Oct '17 6:47:54 PM NanoMoose
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* AristocratsAreEvil: Averted. Despite him being an aristocrat, Belkar states in one strip [[spoiler:after Shojo died]] that he is most probably Chaotic Good. This fits with Shojo's actions in general, and Belkar has no particular reason to lie about it; he's not going to lie if the truth is more insulting, as is the case when he berates the random cleric for being too dense to realize why Shojo [[spoiler:doesn't want to be raised]].

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* AristocratsAreEvil: Averted. Despite him being an aristocrat, Belkar states in one strip [[spoiler:after Shojo died]] that he is most probably Chaotic Good. This fits with Shojo's actions in general, and Belkar has no particular reason to lie about it; he's not going to lie if the truth is more insulting, as is the case when he berates the random cleric for being too dense to realize why Shojo [[spoiler:doesn't want to be raised]].insulting.



* MoralityPet: His nephew Hinjo is this to him. He does show a good care for him and worries on how Hinjo will handle the pragmatic choices that may come with ruling a city with a DeadlyDecadantCourt. Furthermore, when Hinjo calls him out on lying to him about the senility, it's the only time we see Shojo regret his deception.

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* MoralityPet: His nephew Hinjo. Shojo cares deeply for Hinjo is this to him. He does show a good care for him and worries on about how Hinjo will handle the pragmatic choices that may come with ruling a city with a DeadlyDecadantCourt.DeadlyDecadentCourt. Furthermore, when Hinjo calls him out on lying to him about the senility, it's the only time we see Shojo regret his deception.



** From Miko, [[spoiler:the woman who kills him.]] Both of them are commented by the Giant that they believe themselves above the law.

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** From Miko, [[spoiler:the woman who kills him.]] him]]. Both of them are commented by the Giant that they believe themselves above the law.



* ProperlyParanoid: He took the Improved Paranoia feat 5 levels ago in order to survive assassination attempts. If nothing else, one cannot blame his choices.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: He believes that Soon Kim's oath is more detrimental to the Sapphire Guards' intended role than helpful. This is given further weight when it turns out that, for decades, the Sapphire Guard have been wrong as to the true position of Girard's Gate.

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* ProperlyParanoid: He took the Improved Paranoia feat 5 levels ago in order to survive assassination attempts. If nothing else, one cannot blame his choices.
it's easy to see why he makes the decisions he does.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: He believes that Soon Kim's oath is more detrimental to the Sapphire Guards' intended role than helpful. This is given further weight when it turns out that, for decades, the Sapphire Guard have been wrong as to about the true position of Girard's Gate.



* ToBeLawfulOrGood: An interesting take on the topic. In essence, Shojo's character arc in the story is based on the idea that he decided Good was more important than Law and that Soon Kim's oath was pushing the Sapphire Guard into LawfulStupid territory. So he secretly hires the Order of the Stick to do what the oathbound paladins under him can not. This is helped by the fact that he has always been, as far as we know, on the opposite side of the Ethical axis to Law. In an unusual play with the trope, the downside of this is shown when his deceptions fun him afoul of Hinjo and Miko, [[spoiler: the latter of which kills Shojo for it.]]

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* ToBeLawfulOrGood: An interesting take on the topic. In essence, Shojo's character arc in the story is based on the idea that he decided Good was more important than Law and that Soon Kim's oath was pushing the Sapphire Guard into LawfulStupid territory. So he secretly hires the Order of the Stick to do what the oathbound paladins under him can not.cannot. This is helped by the fact that he has always been, as far as we know, on the opposite side of the Ethical axis to Law. In an unusual play with the trope, the downside of this is shown when his deceptions fun him afoul of Hinjo and Miko, [[spoiler: the latter of which kills Shojo for it.]]his deceptions]].



** In the O-Chul backstory, [[spoiler: She beats O-Chul in a hand-to-hand fight and casually snaps the neck of her recently impeached commander when he breaks the rules of an honorable duel by attacking a third party.]]

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** In the O-Chul backstory, [[spoiler: She [[spoiler:she beats O-Chul in a hand-to-hand fight and casually snaps the neck of her recently impeached commander when he breaks the rules of an honorable duel by attacking a third party.]]



* AntiHero: She's willing to kill evil beings in cold blood, but only evil beings. Her ability to ''define'' Evil beings, on the other hand, is somewhat... warped.

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* AntiHero: She's willing to kill evil beings in cold blood, but only evil beings. Her ability to ''define'' Evil evil beings, on the other hand, is somewhat... warped.iffy.



* BelievingTheirOwnLies: One of Miko's critical flaws is she makes up stuff to justify her actions and can't see the errors in her own logic. [[spoiler:This is, predictably, what causes her Fall; she would rather kill the defenseless Shojo rather than accept even for a moment that she's fallible.]]

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* BelievingTheirOwnLies: One of Miko's critical flaws is she makes up stuff to justify invents justifications for her actions actions, and can't see the errors in her own logic. refuses to contemplate for a single second that they might simply be invention. [[spoiler:This is, predictably, what causes her Fall; she would rather kill the defenseless defenceless Shojo rather than accept even for a moment that she's fallible.]]



* BrokenBird: [[spoiler:Discovering her liege lord was faking senility and working behind the paladins;' backs and then losing her paladinhood hit her really hard.]]
* BrokenPedestal: Miko's pedestal for [[spoiler:Shojo]] breaks when she discovers [[spoiler:he's faking his senility.]] She reacts... violently.
* BroughtDownToBadass: [[spoiler:Losing her paladinhood doesn't seem to affect her combat ability too much. The biggest hit to it is no longer being able to summon windstriker.]]

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* BrokenBird: [[spoiler:Discovering her liege lord was faking senility and working behind the paladins;' paladins' backs and then losing her paladinhood hit her really hard.]]
* BrokenPedestal: Miko's pedestal for [[spoiler:Shojo]] breaks when she discovers [[spoiler:he's faking his senility.]] senility]]. She reacts... violently.
* BroughtDownToBadass: [[spoiler:Losing her paladinhood doesn't seem to affect her combat ability too much. The biggest hit to it she takes is no longer being able to summon windstriker.Windstriker.]]



* DePower: [[spoiler:Her immediate punishment for killing Lord Shojo is to lose her status as a paladin and its associated bonuses.]]

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* DePower: [[spoiler:Her immediate punishment for killing Lord Shojo is to lose losing her status as a paladin and its associated bonuses.]]



* GoodIsNotNice: She is wholly committed to the goal of smiting evil and protecting her home....[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin and she is not nice.]]
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: [[spoiler:She gets torn in half by the explosion of the Sapphire. Ouuuch. Unsurprisingly, she dies. However, it's not all bad. See DeathEqualsRedemption above.]]

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* GoodIsNotNice: She is wholly committed to the goal of smiting evil and protecting her home....[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin and she is not nice.]]
nice]].
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: [[spoiler:She gets torn in half by the explosion of the Sapphire. Ouuuch. Unsurprisingly, she dies. However, it's dies not all bad. See DeathEqualsRedemption above.long afterward.]]



* IRejectYourReality: Her conviction that she's always right escalates into outright delusion, to the point where [[spoiler:she STILL thinks she's right after the Twelve Gods revoke her paladinhood]].

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* IRejectYourReality: Her conviction that she's always right escalates into outright delusion, to the point where [[spoiler:she STILL ''still'' thinks she's right after the Twelve Gods revoke her paladinhood]].



* TheMillstone: Vaarsuvius considers Miko to be this. Then again, Vaarsuvius [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0599.html sometimes]] thinks that anyone who is not [[InsufferableGenius Vaarsuvius]] is this.

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* TheMillstone: Vaarsuvius considers Miko to be this. Vaarsuvius' opinion of Miko. Then again, Vaarsuvius that's [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0599.html sometimes]] thinks that anyone who is not sometimes]]
[[InsufferableGenius Vaarsuvius]] is this.Vaarsuvius]]' opinion of anyone other than Vaarsuvius.



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** Tells the new High Priest of Thor when offered a seat that standing builds character. Played with, since she also mentions that she had been riding a horse for four days.

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** Tells the new High Priest of Thor when offered a seat that standing builds character. Played with, since (of course, she also mentions that she had been riding a horse for four days.)



* NeverMyFault: Miko is so delusional about her (perceived) status as the ChosenOne that she refuses to believe that she can make any mistake. [[spoiler:When the gods [[BroughtDownToNormal strip her of her powers]] for killing Lord Shojo, she immediately decides it wasn't her own fault, but a product of a conspiracy by the Order. When she dies, the spirit of the paladin Soon tells her that her inability to admit responsibility for her deeds is one of the reasons she will die unredeemed.]]

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* NeverMyFault: Miko is so delusional about attached to her (perceived) perceived status as the ChosenOne that she refuses to believe that she can make any mistake. [[spoiler:When the gods [[BroughtDownToNormal strip her of her powers]] for killing Lord Shojo, she immediately decides it wasn't her own fault, but a product of a conspiracy by the Order. When she dies, the spirit of the paladin Soon tells her that her inability to admit responsibility for her deeds is one of the reasons she will die unredeemed.]]



* ObstructiveZealot: She believes the twelve Gods have a "special mission" for her and utterly and vehemently refuses to listen anyone or anything that doesn't fit her delusion. ''Even when the twelve gods explicitly disapprove Miko by depriving her of her paladinhood''.
* OffhandBackhand: Kills a hobgoblin mook with her bare hand without bothering to look a him.
* PaintItBlack: In her case, Paint It Tan after [[spoiler:her Fall, since [[WordOfGod her Sapphire Guard uniform is magical and only works for a paladin]]]]. Sabine once suggests that she would look sexy in black leather, and gets [[NeckSnap her neck snapped]] (non-fatally) for her trouble.

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* ObstructiveZealot: She believes the twelve Gods have a "special mission" for her and utterly and vehemently refuses to listen anyone or anything that doesn't fit her delusion. ''Even when the twelve gods explicitly disapprove disavow Miko by depriving stripping her of her paladinhood''.
paladinhood and their divine favour''.
* OffhandBackhand: Kills a hobgoblin mook with her bare hand hands without bothering to look a at him.
* PaintItBlack: In her case, Paint It Tan after [[spoiler:her Fall, since [[WordOfGod her Sapphire Guard uniform is magical and only works for a paladin]]]]. Sabine once suggests that she would look sexy in black leather, and gets non-fatally [[NeckSnap her neck snapped]] (non-fatally) for her trouble.



* PerpetualFrowner: She's never happy.
* PetTheDog: She gets a character scene in a bonus strip where she tries to invite a couple of acquaintances to celebrate the New Year with her, but when they ask her to come with them to a bar, her BlackAndWhiteInsanity leads her to decry it as a den of sin, which annoys the others enough to withdraw the invitation. She goes back to her quarters, where we see that she has personally prepared a nice dinner for all of them. Which she ends up eating alone with her horse. It shows that even as Miko's distance from the other paladins is self-inflicted because of how judgmental and self-righteous she is, she is also deeply lonely because of it, and her holy mount is also her only friend.
* {{Pride}}: Miko is so full of herself that she will ''never'' question her actions, her judgment, or her belief that she is "special" and has a great and prestigious destiny.

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* PerpetualFrowner: She's never happy.
pleased about anything.
* PetTheDog: She gets a character scene in a bonus strip where she tries to invite a couple of acquaintances to celebrate the New Year with her, but when they ask her to come with them to a bar, her BlackAndWhiteInsanity leads her to decry it as a den of sin, which annoys the others enough to withdraw the invitation. She goes back to her quarters, where we see that she has personally prepared a nice dinner for all of them. Which them, which she ends up eating alone with her horse. It shows that even as Miko's distance from the other paladins is self-inflicted because of how judgmental judgemental and self-righteous she is, she is also deeply lonely because of it, and her holy mount is also her only friend.
* {{Pride}}: Miko is so full of herself that she will ''never'' question her actions, her judgment, judgement, or her belief that she is "special" and has a great and prestigious destiny.



* {{Samurai}}: This is her ''job'', not her class. She makes that very clear.

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* {{Samurai}}: This is her ''job'', not her class. She makes that very clear. (The Samurai class in D&D was infamously useless.)
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