History Characters / TheOrderOfTheStickTheEmpireOfBlood

8th Feb '16 2:53:38 AM StFan
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* HumanHammerThrow: Tarquin [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0851.html demonstrates his skill at dwarf-throwing]] while disguised as Thog, grabbing Durkon by the beard and spinning in a blur of movement (shown in a rare-for-the-comic top view) before tossing him away inside the ziggurat.
4th Feb '16 2:50:50 PM Eagal
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Those T Wo Bad Guys is not Those Two Guys Who Are Bad. That trope really needs to be renamed.
First introduced as an accounts clerk for the Empire of the Blood when dealing with ThoseTwoBadGuys below. It quickly comes to light that he's more of a "do anything in admin" kind of guy. In short, he's Tarquin's glorified personal assistant.
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First introduced as an accounts clerk for the Empire of the Blood when dealing with ThoseTwoBadGuys ThoseTwoGuys below. It quickly comes to light that he's more of a "do anything in admin" kind of guy. In short, he's Tarquin's glorified personal assistant.

%%* ThoseTwoBadGuys: With his best friend, Enor.

%%* ThoseTwoBadGuys: With Gannji.
2nd Feb '16 10:16:06 PM zequeins
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* TheVirus: [[spoiler: Malack did not create many 'children', and he's long gone by now. But the legion of Vampires in the Godsmoot created by The High Priest of Hel could trace their lineage back to him.]]
24th Jan '16 2:17:18 PM DocJamore
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* AbusiveParents: He considers even his own children to be pawns in his schemes. Attempts at outside-the-box thinking are met with increasingly brutal reactions. He also corrupted Nale into becoming LawfulEvil like himself, for which Tarquin suffered the consequences [[spoiler:[[TheMoralityMortalityEquation when Nale murdered Tarquin's best friend]]]].
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* AbusiveParents: He considers even his own children to be pawns in his schemes. Attempts at outside-the-box thinking are met with increasingly brutal reactions. He also corrupted Nale into becoming LawfulEvil like himself, for which Tarquin suffered the consequences [[spoiler:[[TheMoralityMortalityEquation when Nale murdered Tarquin's best friend]]]].Malack]]]].

* ApologeticAttacker: Tarquin repeatedly tells Elan he's sorry while trying to kill his friends, although his constant [[WhyDidYouMakeMeHitYou blaming it on the latter]] makes it less sincere.

* ArrowCatch: First time he caught Haley's arrow, [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0851.html he used it to stab Belkar.]] [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0858.html It backfired the second time]] [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0936.html and the fourth time.]]
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* ArrowCatch: Repeatedly. First time he caught Haley's arrow, [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0851.html he used it to stab Belkar.]] [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0858.html It backfired the second time]] [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0936.html and the fourth time.]]

* BadassGrandpa: Is old enough to be a grandpa. * BadassNormal: Has been able to take on the entire Order of the Stick, minus V, with absolutely zero magical abilities save his gear.
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* BadassGrandpa: Is old enough to be a grandpa. * BadassNormal: Has been grandpa. Sill is able to take on the entire Order of the Stick, minus V, with absolutely zero magical abilities save his gear.

** He even offers to do the popular "[[HannibalLecture villain allows himself to be incarcerated and manipulates from behind bars]]" trope to Elan. Elan refuses.

* TheHedonist: His speech to Elan about "living like a god for decades" makes him sound like this. The truth is more complicated.

* NotSoHarmlessVillain: There were indications of him being evil from the very beginning, but [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0735.html "Of Clerks and Clerics"]] is the first to show him "in action", demonstrating that despite his seemingly friendly and goofy demeanor, he's not someone you want to mess with. Note that at the time he was "humiliated", he gave no sign of anger and didn't drop his pleasant façade.
13th Jan '16 2:16:17 AM StFan
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That part was disproved.
* DragonInChief: Technically, Tarquin is TheDragon to the Empress of Blood (who is herself a ''literal'' dragon), but in practice he's the one who runs things and both the populace Tarquin's adventuring party seem to think of him as their actual leader. Despite his protestations to the contrary, he also proves to be this to Nale in the Linear Guild.
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* DragonInChief: Technically, Tarquin is TheDragon to the Empress of Blood (who is herself a ''literal'' dragon), but in practice he's the one who runs things and both the populace Tarquin's adventuring party seem seems to think of him as their actual leader. Despite his protestations to the contrary, he also proves to be this to Nale in the Linear Guild.
8th Jan '16 2:52:26 AM StFan
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* BigBadWannabe: He feels it only fits narrative convention for him to be this to Elan and thus tries very hard to force the set up.\\\ Even among his own party, Tarquin is not the leader. Neither Malack, Laurin, or Miron have any interest in doing what he says, they mostly just put up with it because Tarquin's narrative logic assists in their own personal motives, and is quite profitable to boot. He has to cajole and run on a system of favors in order to get them to do anything for him. His military prowess is stated to come from elsewhere in the party. Even Julio Scoundrél only considers him one of his "B-list villains". ** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0865.html Lampshaded]] by Durkon when he came up with a plan to push him back. The plan sounds good to stop Tarquin but he knows it would just be a speed bump for Xykon, who is the real threat.
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* BigBadWannabe: He feels it only fits narrative convention for him to be this to Elan and thus tries very hard to force the set up.\\\ Even among his own party, Tarquin is not the leader. Neither Malack, Laurin, or Miron have any interest in doing what he says, they mostly just put up with it because Tarquin's narrative logic assists in their own personal motives, and is quite profitable to boot. He has to cajole and run on a system of favors in order to get them to do anything for him. His military prowess is stated to come from elsewhere in the party. Even Julio Scoundrél only considers him one of his "B-list villains". ** villains". [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0865.html Lampshaded]] by Durkon when he came up with a plan to push him back. The plan sounds good to stop Tarquin but he knows it would just be a speed bump for Xykon, who is the real threat.
8th Jan '16 2:49:57 AM StFan
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This is completely against indentation rules.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: ** In his handbook to the guards, he includes items straight from the EvilOverlordList. Not only has he read the List, it is later revealed that his big EvilPlan is based around not just genre Tropes, but ''AudienceReactions'', specifically LoveToHate, EvilIsCool, and a hefty dosage of YouBastard. He's even willing to allow the Order to take on Xykon because he knows that [[EvilVersusEvil villain-versus-villain]] confrontations are always a toss-up between the bad guys, while the heroes are more narratively-equipped to defeat the villain. ** It's his main contribution to his little team. Being their leader, and a brilliant strategist, and so on, are largely untrue manifestations of his overinflated opinion of himself. All in all, he comes off as a sociopath whose only attachment to people is trying to make them fulfill tropes and archetypes, and a huge TakeThat to a GenreSavvy villain. ** He even offers to do the popular "[[HannibalLecture villain allows himself to be incarcerated and manipulates from behind bars]]" trope to Elan. Elan refuses.

* GenreBlind: For all his [[GenreSavvy savviness]], for all of his [[TheChessmaster scheming]] and [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy using tropes]] to become the [[EvilOverlord evil general]] destined for a [[FinalBoss one-on-one duel]] with TheHero for the fate of the world, he has one enormous blind spot, which [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0936.html Elan points out]]. -->'''Elan:''' And [[BigBadWannabe you're not the]] ''[[BigBadWannabe real villain]]''.

** DangerouslyGenreSavvy: *** In his handbook to the guards, he includes items straight from the EvilOverlordList. Not only has he read the List, it is later revealed that his big EvilPlan is based around not just genre Tropes, but ''AudienceReactions'', specifically LoveToHate, EvilIsCool, and a hefty dosage of YouBastard. He's even willing to allow the Order to take on Xykon because he knows that [[EvilVersusEvil villain-versus-villain]] confrontations are always a toss-up between the bad guys, while the heroes are more narratively-equipped to defeat the villain. *** It's his main contribution to his little team. Being their leader, and a brilliant strategist, and so on, are largely untrue manifestations of his overinflated opinion of himself. All in all, he comes off as a sociopath whose only attachment to people is trying to make them fulfill tropes and archetypes, and a huge TakeThat to a GenreSavvy villain. *** He even offers to do the popular "[[HannibalLecture villain allows himself to be incarcerated and manipulates from behind bars]]" trope to Elan. Elan refuses. ** GenreBlind: For all his [[GenreSavvy savviness]], for all of his [[TheChessmaster scheming]] and [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy using tropes]] to become the [[EvilOverlord evil general]] destined for a [[FinalBoss one-on-one duel]] with TheHero for the fate of the world, he has one enormous blind spot, which [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0936.html Elan points out]]. -->'''Elan:''' And [[BigBadWannabe you're not the]] ''[[BigBadWannabe real villain]]''. ** WrongGenreSavvy: While he's usually the opposite, Tarquin's massive ego has him convinced that he is the BigBad of the story, rather then an ArcVillain. Though he acknowledges Xykon as a threat, he believes that the Order of the Stick's quest for the rifts is merely a side-story compared to his grand conflict with Elan, despite everything pointing to the other way around. He also doesn't see how Elan could be effective unless he's TheHero. He believes the RuleOfDrama to be more effective than a well-prepared team, so that killing Roy, Belkar and Durkon will ''increase'' the chances of the Order stopping Xykon. He also believes that nobody would care about him killing Nale. [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes Sabine]], who does care, promptly informs Vaarsuvius of the Vector Legion's weaknesses, allowing V to act accordingly when their soul returns to their body. Elan finally [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0936.html tells]] Tarquin he's not the villain of the story, gives a brief AndThisIsFor by stating he's not going to rescue him partly because he's not a twin anymore, and abandons him in the middle of the desert without a resolution satisfactory to Tarquin -- which he ''hates''. -->'''Tarquin: THIS IS A TERRIBLE ENDING!!!'''

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** DangerouslyGenreSavvy: *** In his handbook to the guards, he includes items straight from the EvilOverlordList. Not only has he read the List, it is later revealed that his big EvilPlan is based around not just genre Tropes, but ''AudienceReactions'', specifically LoveToHate, EvilIsCool, and a hefty dosage of YouBastard. He's even willing to allow the Order to take on Xykon because he knows that [[EvilVersusEvil villain-versus-villain]] confrontations are always a toss-up between the bad guys, while the heroes are more narratively-equipped to defeat the villain. *** It's his main contribution to his little team. Being their leader, and a brilliant strategist, and so on, are largely untrue manifestations of his overinflated opinion of himself. All in all, he comes off as a sociopath whose only attachment to people is trying to make them fulfill tropes and archetypes, and a huge TakeThat to a GenreSavvy villain. *** He even offers to do the popular "[[HannibalLecture villain allows himself to be incarcerated and manipulates from behind bars]]" trope to Elan. Elan refuses. ** GenreBlind: For all his [[GenreSavvy savviness]], for all of his [[TheChessmaster scheming]] and [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy using tropes]] to become the [[EvilOverlord evil general]] destined for a [[FinalBoss one-on-one duel]] with TheHero for the fate of the world, he has one enormous blind spot, which [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0936.html Elan points out]]. -->'''Elan:''' And [[BigBadWannabe you're not the]] ''[[BigBadWannabe real villain]]''. ** * WrongGenreSavvy: While he's usually the opposite, Tarquin's massive ego has him convinced that he is the BigBad of the story, rather then an ArcVillain. Though he acknowledges Xykon as a threat, he believes that the Order of the Stick's quest for the rifts is merely a side-story compared to his grand conflict with Elan, despite everything pointing to the other way around. He also doesn't see how Elan could be effective unless he's TheHero. He believes the RuleOfDrama to be more effective than a well-prepared team, so that killing Roy, Belkar and Durkon will ''increase'' the chances of the Order stopping Xykon. He also believes that nobody would care about him killing Nale. [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes Sabine]], who does care, promptly informs Vaarsuvius of the Vector Legion's weaknesses, allowing V to act accordingly when their soul returns to their body. Elan finally [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0936.html tells]] Tarquin he's not the villain of the story, gives a brief AndThisIsFor by stating he's not going to rescue him partly because he's not a twin anymore, and abandons him in the middle of the desert without a resolution satisfactory to Tarquin -- which he ''hates''. -->'''Tarquin: THIS IS A TERRIBLE ENDING!!!'''
7th Jan '16 5:22:40 PM cybertoy0
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* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: ** In his handbook to the guards, he includes items straight from the EvilOverlordList. Not only has he read the List, it is later revealed that his big EvilPlan is based around not just genre Tropes, but ''AudienceReactions'', specifically LoveToHate, EvilIsCool, and a hefty dosage of YouBastard. He's even willing to allow the Order to take on Xykon because he knows that [[EvilVersusEvil villain-versus-villain]] confrontations are always a toss-up between the bad guys, while the heroes are more narratively-equipped to defeat the villain. ** It's his main contribution to his little team. Being their leader, and a brilliant strategist, and so on, are largely untrue manifestations of his overinflated opinion of himself. All in all, he comes off as a sociopath whose only attachment to people is trying to make them fulfill tropes and archetypes, and a huge TakeThat to a GenreSavvy villain. ** He even offers to do the popular "[[HannibalLecture villain allows himself to be incarcerated and manipulates from behind bars]]" trope to Elan. Elan refuses.

* GenreBlind: For all his [[GenreSavvy savviness]], for all of his [[TheChessmaster scheming]] and [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy using tropes]] to become the [[EvilOverlord evil general]] destined for a [[FinalBoss one-on-one duel]] with TheHero for the fate of the world, he has one enormous blind spot, which [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0936.html Elan points out]]. -->'''Elan:''' And [[BigBadWannabe you're not the]] ''[[BigBadWannabe real villain]]''.

* ** DangerouslyGenreSavvy: *** In his handbook to the guards, he includes items straight from the EvilOverlordList. Not only has he read the List, it is later revealed that his big EvilPlan is based around not just genre Tropes, but ''AudienceReactions'', specifically LoveToHate, EvilIsCool, and a hefty dosage of YouBastard. He's even willing to allow the Order to take on Xykon because he knows that [[EvilVersusEvil villain-versus-villain]] confrontations are always a toss-up between the bad guys, while the heroes are more narratively-equipped to defeat the villain. *** It's his main contribution to his little team. Being their leader, and a brilliant strategist, and so on, are largely untrue manifestations of his overinflated opinion of himself. All in all, he comes off as a sociopath whose only attachment to people is trying to make them fulfill tropes and archetypes, and a huge TakeThat to a GenreSavvy villain. *** He even offers to do the popular "[[HannibalLecture villain allows himself to be incarcerated and manipulates from behind bars]]" trope to Elan. Elan refuses. ** GenreBlind: For all his [[GenreSavvy savviness]], for all of his [[TheChessmaster scheming]] and [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy using tropes]] to become the [[EvilOverlord evil general]] destined for a [[FinalBoss one-on-one duel]] with TheHero for the fate of the world, he has one enormous blind spot, which [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0936.html Elan points out]]. -->'''Elan:''' And [[BigBadWannabe you're not the]] ''[[BigBadWannabe real villain]]''.villain]]''. ** WrongGenreSavvy: While he's usually the opposite, Tarquin's massive ego has him convinced that he is the BigBad of the story, rather then an ArcVillain. Though he acknowledges Xykon as a threat, he believes that the Order of the Stick's quest for the rifts is merely a side-story compared to his grand conflict with Elan, despite everything pointing to the other way around. He also doesn't see how Elan could be effective unless he's TheHero. He believes the RuleOfDrama to be more effective than a well-prepared team, so that killing Roy, Belkar and Durkon will ''increase'' the chances of the Order stopping Xykon. He also believes that nobody would care about him killing Nale. [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes Sabine]], who does care, promptly informs Vaarsuvius of the Vector Legion's weaknesses, allowing V to act accordingly when their soul returns to their body. Elan finally [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0936.html tells]] Tarquin he's not the villain of the story, gives a brief AndThisIsFor by stating he's not going to rescue him partly because he's not a twin anymore, and abandons him in the middle of the desert without a resolution satisfactory to Tarquin -- which he ''hates''. -->'''Tarquin: THIS IS A TERRIBLE ENDING!!!'''

* WrongGenreSavvy: While he's usually the opposite, Tarquin's massive ego has him convinced that he is the BigBad of the story, rather then an ArcVillain. Though he acknowledges Xykon as a threat, he believes that the Order of the Stick's quest for the rifts is merely a side-story compared to his grand conflict with Elan, despite everything pointing to the other way around. He also doesn't see how Elan could be effective unless he's TheHero. He believes the RuleOfDrama to be more effective than a well-prepared team, so that killing Roy, Belkar and Durkon will ''increase'' the chances of the Order stopping Xykon. He also believes that nobody would care about him killing Nale. [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes Sabine]], who does care, promptly informs Vaarsuvius of the Vector Legion's weaknesses, allowing V to act accordingly when their soul returns to their body. Elan finally [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0936.html tells]] Tarquin he's not the villain of the story, gives a brief AndThisIsFor by stating he's not going to rescue him partly because he's not a twin anymore, and abandons him in the middle of the desert without a resolution satisfactory to Tarquin -- which he ''hates''. -->'''Tarquin: THIS IS A TERRIBLE ENDING!!!'''
26th Dec '15 11:23:54 AM StFan
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* ReligionOfEvil: Ivoked, and defied, when he admits that he does worship a death god, but insists that such gods should be seen as Neutral rather than Evil. [[spoiler: Played straight when it turns out he was lying; his patron god is Nergal, Mesopotamian god of Death, Plague and Destruction, who is given an InUniverse alignment of ChaoticEvil in TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons.]]
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* ReligionOfEvil: Ivoked, Invoked, and defied, when he admits that he does worship a death god, but insists that such gods should be seen as Neutral rather than Evil. [[spoiler: Played [[spoiler:Played straight when it turns out he was lying; his patron god is Nergal, Mesopotamian god of Death, Plague and Destruction, who is given an InUniverse alignment of ChaoticEvil in TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons.''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''.]]

* SnakePeople: His long cloak and evidently-hissing voice make him seem more snakelike than his fellow {{lizardfolk}}. Haley even calls him "Whitesnake" at one point. [[spoiler:[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0876.html His fight with Durkon]] reveals that he's actually a serpentfolk, putting him firmly into this trope. Hel herself refers to Malack as "Nergal's snake."]]
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* SnakePeople: His long cloak and evidently-hissing voice make him seem more snakelike than his fellow {{lizardfolk}}. Haley even calls him "Whitesnake" at one point. [[spoiler:[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0876.html His fight with Durkon]] reveals that he's actually a serpentfolk, putting him firmly into this trope. Hel herself refers to Malack as "Nergal's snake."]]snake".]]
25th Dec '15 7:28:04 PM WanderingBrowser
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* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler:Nale kills him by exposing him to direct sunlight, reducing him to ash.]]
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* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler:Nale kills him by exposing him to direct removes his protection from sunlight, reducing him whilst he's standing in the desert at high noon, in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0906.html comic #906]]. Malack promptly bursts into flames and crumbles to ash.ash, screaming in vain for his god to save him.]]

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* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler:Nale kills him by exposing him to direct sunlight, reducing him to ash.ReligionOfEvil: Ivoked, and defied, when he admits that he does worship a death god, but insists that such gods should be seen as Neutral rather than Evil. [[spoiler: Played straight when it turns out he was lying; his patron god is Nergal, Mesopotamian god of Death, Plague and Destruction, who is given an InUniverse alignment of ChaoticEvil in TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons.]]
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