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!!!''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' provides examples of the following tropes:

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[[folder:J]]
* JacobMarleyApparel: Parodied with [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0526.html the Ghost of Lame Monsters Past]].
* JerkassHasAPoint: Belkar has sometimes a better idea of what's going on than his goody-two-shoes companions.
** Even Hinjo, a paladin, has to admit it once, about why his uncle would refuse resurrection.
** Belkar's insistence that [[spoiler:Vampire!Durkon be killed at the first calm moment]] was probably the best course of action [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0946.html all things considered.]]
* JockDadNerdSon: Inverted with Roy Greenhilt and his father, Eugene. Roy chose a career as a fighter class as opposed to a wizard like his father, which are seen as a jock and nerd class respectively at least in universe. Played straight with Eugene and his father, Horace, who had inspired Roy's career path. Interestingly, Roy was apparently a nerd compared to ''other'' fighters.
-->'''Roy:''' Well I hate to break it to you dad, but this isn't the end of the line. More like half-time.\\
'''Eugene:''' What? How can you halve time itself?\\
'''Roy:''' *Sigh* I should have known a sports metaphor would be wasted on you.
* JokerImmunity: Lampshaded and justified in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0399.html "Death Actually IS Too Good for Them"]], where the Order decide what to do with a once-again-defeated Linear Guild. They come to the decision that imprisonment (in {{antimagic}} cells) is actually ''more'' secure than summary execution, given that they live in a world where DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist. Of course, they also live in a world of {{Cardboard Prison}}s, so...
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: [[spoiler:V's epic Uber-spell to destroy all kin of the black dragon mother.]]
* JustBetweenYouAndMe: Redcloak to Tsukiko. [[spoiler:In a minor subversion, he says it before he springs his trap. And in a further subversion, he actually does make sure she never reveals it to anyone. Ironically, this is immediately after she attempts to pull the same trope on him.]]
* JustDesserts: [[spoiler:Tsukiko is eaten by her own wights, at Redcloak's command. He wanted to make a point about how the undead aren't allies, they're tools. Finally he orders them to eat each other, and the last one to destroy itself in the fireplace.]]
* JustEatHim:
** This happens to [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0183.html Haley (and lizard-V, shortly)]] thanks to the adolescent black dragon.
** Then [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0322.html once]] or [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0638.html twice]] more to Vaarsuvius.
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0144.html And to "Hors-D'oeuvre"]]. He escapes, [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0174.html but "not through the scenic route, if you know what I mean"]].
* JustHitHim: The raging Thog's main tactic in his gladiatoral fight with Roy. Sure, being thrown into walls is damaging, but it also gives Roy enough breathing time to put together a strategy, and even puts him in the perfect position to enable it when Thog throws him into the spectator rows.
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* KansasCityShuffle:
** Haley pulls one on the rest of her party [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0129.html here]], getting them to give her more treasure by making them assume she's trying to cheat them.
** Xykon's strategy to enter Azure City, but luckily [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0428.html Haley is savvy enough to see it.]]
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Azure City is the Stick-verse's {{Wutai}}, so katanas are favored by many of the soldiers and members of the Sapphire Guard. Belkar and Nale have both averted this trope, fighting with katanas they stole from Azurites, but switching to their [[WeaponOfChoice preferred weapons]] at the first opportunity.
-->'''Hobgoblin:''' (''kills the guard Nale just disarmed'') Hey thanks! I guess I'm lucky you really needed a katana!\\
'''Nale:''' I prefer longswords, actually. (''kills the hobgoblin and takes his sword'')
* KeepingTheEnemyClose: This is Roy's reason for keeping [[TokenEvilTeammate Belkar]] as a member of the order. Roy doesn't trust any prison enough to keep Belkar from breaking out and going on a rampage, whereas so long as Belkar is working for the Order, the other members can keep him in check and direct his [[HeroicComedicSociopath sociopathic tendencies]] towards [[EvilVersusEvil evils that are more dangerous than him]].
* KickTheDog:
** Invoked posthumously in regard to Crystal. Elan says he's not mad at Haley for it, as long as she's sure Crystal was "really, REALLY bad." Haley responds that she once saw Crystal headbutt an elderly gnome woman into a coma, which makes Elan feel better about it.
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0707.html Elves are mean.]]
** Yukyuk in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0792.html "Animal Instincts"]].
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0811.html "A Touch of Death"]]. Wow. Really, Nale?
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0883.html In case you needed confirmation that Qarr is indeed Lawful EVIL...]]
** Discussed in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0916.html "Executive Order"]]. After Tarquin has committed some of his worse on-screen actions so far, he says he has one last one to do before letting Elan leave:
--->'''Elan:''' What, do you have a bunny you need to punch in front of me or something?\\
'''Tarquin:''' No, I'm talking about your dismal combat performance back at the pyramid. (''to Kilkil'') Though make note of the bunny thing for next time, that's good stuff.
* KickTheSonOfABitch:
** V's [[spoiler:murder of Kubota]] certainly showed just how much more of an AntiHero the elf had become, but if there was any [[SmugSnake antagonist]] that deserved to be unceremoniously disintegrated and scattered to the winds, it was this one.
** Similarly, [[spoiler:Haley's murder of Crystal]] is commonly seen as this, though a few still found it a bit unsettling. At least until you [[AllThereInTheManual buy the fourth book,]] then read the scenes where [[spoiler:Crystal tries to kill Haley ''several times'' while they're retrieving Roy's body]].
** Also [[KnightTemplar Miko]] pursuing [[HeroicComedicSociopath Belkar]], especially if you consider what Belkar's conduct looks like from ''inside'' the comic's world.
** [[spoiler:Redcloak killing Tsukiko]] is thoroughly cold, callous and brutal and serves as a defining character moment for the former as a villain... and yet, given the latter is a [[spoiler:villain with a skewed perception of morality, and was [[HaveYouToldAnyoneElse threatening to ruin Redcloak's plans to betray Xykon instead of simply informing the latter of this deception, she]]]] really had it coming.
** Similarly, Redcloak killing the elven resistance in Azure City, who had already established themselves as no better than the goblins by killing civilians and prisoners out of speciesism.
** Nale [[spoiler:burns Malack alive]]. Sure, he did it for selfish reasons, but considering that [[spoiler:Malack converted Durkon into a vampire and was plotting mass murder on a daily basis]], he deserved it.
** [[spoiler:Tarquin later kills Nale, though admittedly one of the reasons he did so was to avenge his comrade's death]].
* KidWithTheLeash: Roy and Belkar, especially when Roy has the command word for Belkar's [[RestrainingBolt mark of justice]]. After [[spoiler:Roy dies]], the leash passes to Haley. She isn't as good at keeping him under control.
* KilledMidSentence:
** When Belkar kills the Chimera at the very beginning.
--->'''[[MeaningfulName Trigak]]:''' You may have won this round, Order of the Stick, but we swear our revenge on you! When you least expect--! GAK! GAK! GAK!
** Xykon does this to a group of [[HiredGuns mercenary ogres]] who are complaining about not being paid ''very'' early in the comic's run, (and then he zombifies their corpses so he can still get some use out of them), perhaps giving the first hint that he's not a [[HarmlessVillain harmless]] [[ContractualGenreBlindness cliché storm]] of a villain, despite appearances.
** This is also how [[spoiler:Roy Greenhilt]] dies, mid-pondering in freefall.
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0360.html And in Cliffport,]] "I'm getting too old for--"
** Haley [[spoiler:gets [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0789.html petrified mid-sentence]] by Zz'dtri]].
* KilledOffForReal: While BackFromTheDead has been a plot point, and an important one, [[WordOfGod Word of the Giant]] says that the spell ''True Resurrection'' (which can bring someone back from ''anything'') won't be used in this story because it [[DeathIsCheap breaks the dramatic impact of death]]. Thus there are a few people we can be confident are gone for good:
** [[spoiler:Lord Shojo denied resurrection because he'd rather be in the Chaotic Good {{heaven}} than Azure City's DeadlyDecadentCourt.]]
** [[spoiler:Miko was given a very final-looking death scene, and the only person who seemed interested in her corpse (to make an intelligent undead, not resurrect her) passed up on the chance because it was an incomplete body (also, [[WordOfGod Word of the Giant]] is that she's staying dead).]][[invoked]]
** [[spoiler:Therkla was betrayed by her boss/father-figure and Elan won't be her boyfriend so she has no reason to be revived.]]
** The following people are staying dead because their bodies were destroyed or rendered inaccessible, and resurrection requires a body:
*** [[spoiler:Kubota's body was disintegrated by Vaarsuvius, and the ashes were then spread to the winds.]]
*** [[spoiler:Thanh's body was buried under a mountain after being slain by Redcloak's Osmium Elemental.]]
*** [[spoiler:After Redcloak seized control over her wights, Tsukiko was level-drained to death and then they ate her body. Then that wight was eaten by a second wight, who was eaten by a third who was eaten by a fourth who committed suicide with fire.]]
*** [[spoiler:Yukyuk's corpse was destroyed during the explosion of the Draketooth Clan's pyramid, along with the Draketooth clan.]]
*** [[spoiler:Malack was burned to ashes by the sun after his Protection From Daylight spell was dispelled.]]
*** [[spoiler:Nale was disintegrated after being stabbed in the heart, with his ashes being blown away by the wind.]]
* KillItWithFire:
** Belkar's mantra.
--->'''Belkar:''' [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0270.html When in doubt, set something on fire.]]
** Vaarsuvius is fond of it too:
--->'''Vaarsuvius:''' ''Burn,'' [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0799.html you insufferably terse dullard!]]
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0440.html The Death Knight]], the [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0450.html Eye of Fear and Flame]] and the [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0453.html Huecuva]].
* KindRestraints:
** Roy has to bound and gag Durkon in the Wooden Forest so that he'd stop freaking out about trees and risk alerting the bandits.
--->'''Durkon:''' (''gagged'') Mmph mrph mmmph mmf mrf mrrrph mrph!\\
'''Roy:''' I'm going to choose to attribute that comment to stress and not hold it against you in the future.
** The team also keeps Belkar tied up and gagged after Nale used a CharmPerson on him... and a few hours afterward in the morning, even though the spell had already worn off, since the halfling is better company like this.
* KissingUnderTheInfluence: Belkar to V. Not that the elf is about to say anything to him.
* KissOfDeath: Succubi (such as Sabine) can energy-drain someone by kissing them. Sabine does that to Elan in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0793.html "Critical Thinking"]].
* KlingonPromotion:
** Parodied: Therkla gets to be the valedictorian of her ninja class by killing the original.
** Also how Redcloak became supreme leader of the hobgoblins, by killing the one he assumes is their leader. The real leader wisely keeps his mouth shut and lets Red take over.
** When Belkar, Haley, and Celia disguise themselves as some corpses and a necromancer to get past two hobgoblins, one of the hobgoblins doubts Belkar actually is a corpse, so Belkar stabs him to death. The other gets the message and lets them pass, then says "Thanks for the promotion" as they leave.
* KnightsAndKnaves: [[http://http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0327.html "The Test of the Mind"]] in the Sunken Valley. Solved in a non-traditional manner.
* KnowsAGuyWhoKnowsAGuy: Belkar suggests selling some captured enemies into slavery, adding that he "know[s] a guy who knows a guy" to contact for this. [[BrickJoke Much later]], we meet the guy in question, Buggy Lou. His best supplier on the Northern Continent was pals with Belkar.
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[[folder:L]]
* ALadyOnEachArm: In ''On the Origins of [=PCs=]'', a newly-jailbroken Belkar is just musing that life couldn't get any better when happens upon a sign saying, "WHORES: 2-for-1 Sale!" The next panel is the three of them walking off like this.
* LampshadedTheObscureReference:
** A comic ends with gladiators being torn apart by a giant Ollie of ''Kukla, Fran and Ollie'' fame. The comic's title is "Ask Your Grandparents".
** Not as old nor as obscure, but the SuddenVideogameMoment featuring ''VideoGame/{{Centipede}}'' is lampshaded too.
--->'''Chief:''' Man, that brought back memories.\\
'''Rookie:''' I don't get it.\\
'''Chief:''' Before your time, kid. Before your time.
* LampshadeHanging: The comic practically ''runs'' on this trope. At one point we even see an actual lampshade during a lampshade hanging.
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* LargeHam:
** Vaarsuvius, when doing his/her loud, melodramatic rants about being able to reshape the building blocks of the universe with arcane magic.
** Elan, though being a bard may be part of the reason.
** Thor.
** Xykon.
** Linear Guild Members Nale, Thog, and Leeky Windstaff.
** Tarquin.
** The Empress of Blood.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia:
** The memory charm around the Oracle that makes you forget everything about your visit except your questions and their answers as soon as you leave.
** The same thing is going for the afterlife. Roy can remember the time spent on the clouds with his father and the scrying they've done, but past the big gate his memories are fuzzy, though he remembers some bits.
* LaserGuidedKarma:
** Elan and Nale's first fight.
--->'''Elan:''' Nale! There's nowhere to go. Surrender!\\
'''Nale:''' Surrender? Never, you moronic little twit. I'd rather die than--\\
(''bridge crumbles underneath his feet, leaving him dangling by one hand'')\\
'''Nale:''' Help me, brother!\\
'''Elan:''' Karma-riffic!
** [[spoiler:Redcloak's right eye, reflecting his late brother, who had lost his left eye. You can tell that he's actually screaming at the irony, as opposed to the pain from the stabbing of his eye.]]
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0683.html "Stupid entirely justified comeuppance."]]
** Vaarsuvius was already feeling guilty about [[spoiler:using fiend-granted powers to wipe out every creature related to a black dragon]], but even so the elf probably wasn't expecting it to bite them in the ass like in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0842.html "All in the Family"]].
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0936.html "THIS IS A TERRIBLE ENDING!!!"]]
** Suffice to say the Sapphire Guard's decision to wipe out a small goblin village comes back to bite them.
** A planned one: Belkar, still under a magical curse that will go off if he kills someone within a town's borders, murders an oracle. Then he looks out of the oracle's tower's rear window...
--->'''Sign:''' Welcome to the village of '''[[PrecisionFStrike LickMyOrangeBallsHalfling]]'''.\\
Founded: Last week. Population: Just enough.
* LastRequest:
** A driving motivation for both Haley and Ian.
** [[spoiler:Durkon's last request to Malack is to not harm any of his friends.]]
* LastSecondWordSwap:
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0184.html "Hawaiian Love"]]:
--->'''Haley:''' Elan... I think I'm in love with y--\\
'''Durkon:''' Cure Critical Wounds!\\
'''Haley:''' --ukuleles.
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0383.html "What's Really Scary Is That He Knows the Words"]]:
--->'''Belkar:''' Nale, you spineless piece of weasel crap, I'm going to cut your--\\
'''Nale:''' Charm Person!\\
'''Belkar:''' --hair for you, if you'd like. It sure could use a trim.
** Also [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0726.html "Mammals Can't Seem to Get Enough of Those Things"]]:
--->'''Tarquin:''' ...she had the most magnificent set of perky round--\\
'''Haley:''' Eyes. Let's both pretend you were about to say, "eyes".
* LatinLover: Enriqué, for Sara Greenhilt.
* LaughablyEvil: Many villains (and one protagonist); Burlew is very good at writing characters who are both likeable (funny, awesome, etc.) and yet definitely villainous and unsympathetic. Examples include:
** Xykon. All over the place.
** Belkar. And he knows it.
--->'''Belkar:''' I'm comedy gold! I'm the only funny thing left in this damn comic strip!
** General Tarquin, in his [[NerdInEvilsHelmet geekier moments]].
** Qarr and the IFCC can get into it too.
* LaughingMad: "Patient seems to also be suffering from [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0303.html uncontrollable hideous laughter]]."
* LaughWithMe: Inverted. When Xykon proclaims that his goals will be achieved soon, Redcoak and the [=MitD=] let out an EvilLaugh. Redcloak then asks why Xykon doesn't join them.
-->'''Xykon:''' Actually, ever since I became a lich, I haven't been able to get the same volume in my evil laughter. Since I technically don't have ''lungs''.
* LawfulStupid: Frequently subverted (especially with GoodIsNotNice) and often lampshaded.
** Paladins are noted to have this reputation, but actually rarely show it... with one unfortunate exception. In general, [[LawfulStupidChaoticStupid Lawful Stupid, Stupid Good, Chaotic Stupid and Stupid Evil]] are all demonstrated by one character or another at different times. (Miko Miyazaki arguably demonstrates all four, sometimes all in the same comic.)
** Roy does a good job of differentiating between himself (LawfulGood) and Miko (LawfulStupid) in a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech. [[invoked]]
--->'''Roy:''' You're not Good, at least not any definition of Good that I would want to follow. You follow the letter of the alignment description while ignoring its intent. Sure, you fight Evil, but when was the last time you showed a "concern for the dignity of sentient beings"? You're just a mean, socially inept bully who hides behind a badge and her holier-than-thou morality as excuses to treat other people like crap.
** Played for laughs in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0428.html "It Takes a Thief"]], where Haley tries to explain the ShellGame to two LawfulGood characters.
--->'''Haley:''' A ruse that relies on the target's innate acceptance on the rules presented to him? Against a league of paladins? Easy money.
* LawOfConservationOfDetail: Invoked by Julio Scoundrél when Elan comments on how unlikely it is that they should meet each other.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Less common than BreakingTheFourthWall moments, but in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0788.html "A Vexation or Irritation"]], Tarquin comments about Thog, "It's weird, no matter how many people he kills, the audience still thinks he's lovable". Meaning the audience in the arena, not the readers, obviously.
* LeaveHimToMe: Invoked, not by one of the fighters, but by Julio Scoundrél, who has a standing policy that [[RedshirtArmy his crew]] are not to "interfere with third-act duels".
* LeaveNoWitnesses: When Redcloak [[spoiler:wipes out the Resistance and gets Xykon's phylactery back]], he only uses summoned monsters (who he then dismisses) and lets the only hobgoblin involved stay dead.
-->'''Redcloak:''' The exact details here need to stay between me and our god. I just thank the Dark One that I didn't need to execute you myself.
** After a JustBetweenYouAndMe speech, he kills [[spoiler:Tsukiko by using her own wights against her]] and then has them destroy each other and the last one burn itself to ashes in the fireplace.
* LeetLingo: Elan [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0696.html writing "!!1!"]] in the sand.
* LeftForDead: Durkon was, accidentally, in an early strip.
* LeftJustifiedFantasyMap: A map of Azure City and its surroundings appears in the back of ''War and [=XPs=]'' with a sea along the left edge. However, the western continent should appear on the other side of the sea.
* LetMeGetThisStraight:
** Xykon to Roy during their first encouter.
--->'''Xykon:''' So, let me get this straight. Your father spent his entire life looking for me over a largely inconsequential killing? [-(Magic Missile.)-]\\
'''Roy:''' Yes! You killed his master, and he swore an oath to destroy you!\\
'''Xykon:''' And he was too much of a loser to get the job done before croaking, so now you, Loser Jr., have taken up the task?
** V and Blackwing, after V's question is answered via AnswerCut.
--->'''Vaarsuvius:''' A planet? '''Within''' the planet?\\
'''Blackwing:''' That's pretty much what I said, yeah.
* LethalJokeItem: The bag of tricks, which summons random animals. Roy eventually finds creative uses for it, like making distracting kitties. It also has a compact rhino on it, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard but it kinda backfired]].
* [[LethalJokeItem Lethal Joke Spell]]:
** "[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0512.html Dancing Lights?]] That's like a 0th-level spell! Geez, what kind of low-level lame-ass spellcaster are you? You've got one chance before I perforate you, and you choose... [[OhCrap Dancing... Lights.]]"
** On the other hand, "[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0706.html Dancing Knights]]" is indeed useless.
* LensFlare: Used in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0430.html "Rematch"]] for dramatic effect.
* LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain:
** During Azure City's New Year, Belkar gets drunk and [[KissingUnderTheInfluence kisses Vaarsuvius full on the lips]]. Afterwards, Belkar forgets it entirely and Vaarsuvius insists that, if the one witness to the kiss (Durkon) ever has to discuss it again, it will be referred to it as "the Event". And they never talk about it again.
** While being interviewed for the Lawful Good afterlife, Roy Greenhilt stops the bureaucratic deva interviewing him before she can mention the GenderBender incident within earshot of his father, who is standing not ten feet away.
** As seen in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0835.html "A Dish Best Served Warm, After All"]], Vaarsuvius has this attitude regarding further recounting of his adventures in the Semi-Elemental Plane of Ranch Dressing.
* LightningCanDoAnything:
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0352.html Weather Control.]] {{Justified|Trope}} in that [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0353.html Thor bent the laws of reality]] because he thought the desired effect [[RuleOfCool would be really cool.]]
** Lightning can also [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0576.html animate golems]].
--->'''Hieronymus Grubwiggler:''' It's alive! ALIVE!!!
* LikeBrotherAndSister: Roy & Haley.
* LipstickLesbian: The "latent bisexuality" aspect of Haley's mind is among the more "girly" of the aspects.
* LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards:
** In true 3.5 fashion, Durkon and Vaarsuvius are the most powerful members of the party.
** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d and [[DiscussedTrope referenced]] in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0764.html "Small Talk"]].
** As revealed in ''On the Origin of [=PCs=]'', Roy took up the quest of destroying Xykon to prove this trope wrong.
* LineOfSightName:
** The Order itself, as revealed in ''On the Origin of [=PCs=]''.
** Also, [[spoiler:Redcloak and his brother Right-Eye, as revealed in ''Start of Darkness'']].
* LiteralGenie: Subverted. Roy, wary of this happening, words his question to the Oracle in such a way that it works against him. His concern made sense, as this trope was played straight the first time he visited the Oracle (offscreen):
-->'''Roy:''' Where is Xykon?\\
'''Oracle:''' In his throne room.
::Roy and Durkon then proceeded to [[HighAltitudeInterrogation dangle the Oracle out the window]] until he allowed them to ask a third question.
* LiteralMetaphor: A fairly common gag.
** The author himself gets one when the [[http://www.giantitp.com/Images/fanart/ootslate2.gif "Comic is running late."]]
** Celia's ex-boyfriend is caught "[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0269.html slipping the wood]]" to some dryad hussy. At least it was a potted wood.
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0320.html When leaving Azure City,]] Roy states that they are on "the road to Adventure". And indeed, it's the name of Gate 6 (next to Gate 7, the Film/RoadToPerdition).
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0328.html "The Test of the Heart"]] is another blatant case. "The truths that are in your heart will be laid bare for all to know." [[spoiler:Through a cardiac exam.]]
** Sabine makes one in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0349.html "Every Couple Has Their Quirks"]]:
--->'''Sabine:''' It's hard, but sometimes, I need to make a sacrifice in order to maintain our love.\\
'''Roy:''' Like dressing up for him?\\
'''Sabine:''' No, I meant a literal sacrifice. I have a desecrated altar waiting for your corpse in the next room.
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0487.html "Their Concierge Service is Heavenly"]]:
--->'''Roy:''' Huh... I always thought the "revolving door afterlife" was just a metaphor...
** And [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0490.html "Final Review"]]:
--->'''Bureaucratic Deva:''' Mr. Greenhilt, we do things "by the book" around here -- and it just so happens that the book in question is 100 feet tall and alight with holy fire --
** In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0757.html "Something Blue"]], Tarquin mention that some of his previous wives got cold feet before the marriage. [[ColdBloodedTorture The ensuing flashback reveals that it is quite literal.]]
** Sabine gets one turned on her in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0794.html "We Recommend Tsukiko"]]:
--->'''Nale:''' Oh really? Why don't you chase after him, then?\\
'''Sabine:''' Nale, you know I love you. I didn't--\\
'''Nale:''' No, I mean literally. Go chase after him. He's escaping.
* LivingCrashpad:
** The two Flumphs. This becomes a RunningGag, but is then {{subverted}} -- and {{lampshaded}} -- when it fails to happen at a truly critical moment.
** Another example doesn't involve the Flumphs, [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0168.html but Elan's head breaking Belkar's fall.]]
** At yet another time, [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0805.html the Lawyers and the Flumphs exchange their roles.]]
* LoadBearingBoss: Subverted. Xykon's destruction did nothing to the Dungeon of Dorukan, but then Elan [[InvokedTrope activated a self-destruct sigil]] so they could have a dramatic escape.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: The [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStick character sheets]] aren't exhaustive, not by a long shot. [[http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showthread.php?t=276152 A constantly-updated list can be found in the forums]].
* {{Loincloth}}: Standard issue for gladiator convicts in the Empire of Blood -- even for lizardfolks, although they don't need them.
-->'''Belkar:''' Also, everyone here could use a little less loin and a lot more cloth.
* TheLoinsSleepTonight:
** In ''Start of Darkness'', one of the factors that makes Xykon's decision to become a lich that much easier is that "it hasn't moved on its own in 16 years."
** Ian Starshine also mentions that he'd been sterile for 10 years since an accident with a poison trap.
* LongSpeechTeaTime: The whole party, during the scribble-art backstory.
* LookBehindYou: In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0626.html "Good to the Last Drip"]], Vaarsuvius is so busy attempting to Disintegrate Qarr that only the small imp notices an ancient black dragon with a personal vendetta approaching from behind.
* LoopholeAbuse: Redcloak orders the Silicon Elemental he summons to "kill [the Order]. Starting with the human with the greatsword [Roy]." Haley manages to make it change targets by taking Roy's sword.
* LotusEaterMachine: In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0885.html "Victory Comes from Within"]], [[spoiler:Belkar is killed, Vaarsuvius returns from their disappearance, and Roy manages to use a new trick to disable and kill Xykon. But then it's revealed that this is all taking place in one of Girard's illusion traps. The illusion proceeds to give the Order a happy ending, with Durkon returning alive, the Order dumping Xykon's phylactery into a volcano, Elan making up with his family, the liberation of Azure City, a grand tomb made in honor of Belkar and Scruffy, the Order enacting justice on Bozzok, Vaarsuvius and Durkon working together to repair the destroyed Gates, et cetera on to infinity. The strip after '''that''' reveals that fighters have become more popular than wizards, as per Roy's dream. And that Tarquin has even decided to remarry Elan and Nale's mother, with Malack officiating and everyone in attendance. The Order successfully disbelieves the illusion when it does ''too'' good a job of giving the Order what they want, and Elan realizes that many of his dreams are too silly or unrealistic to ever be realized.]]
* LoudOfWar: At one point, Thog [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0258.html suggests using a rather well-known Canadian singer as a torture device,]] but Nale thinks that particular choice is uncivilized.
* LoyalPhlebotinum:
** The Crimson Mantle imparts the divine half of the ritual for controlling the Snarl directly into its wearer's mind, but only if they are a priest of the Dark One.
** The Sapphire Guard uniform is magical and only works for a paladin. Thus, [[spoiler:when Miko becomes a fallen paladin, [[PaintItBlack her armor loses its color and powers]]]].
* LuckilyMyPowersWillProtectMe: In ''Start of Darkness'', the rematch between Lirian and just-turned-lich Xykon is basically Lirian using all the wrong spells and abilities so Xykon can explain why none of them work anymore. Admittedly, it isn't out of character for Xykon to taunt his opponent by pointing out why his opponent can't beat him, even if that essentially means giving tips on how he or she could.
* LukeNounverber: The Greenhilt family doesn't count since it's actually named from the ancestral sword, but we have plenty others: Haley & Ian Starshine; Belkar Bitterleaf; Durkon Thundershield; Hilgya Firehelm; Leeky Windstaff; Girard Draketooth; Fyron Pucebuckle; Miron Shewdanker; Hieronymus Grubwiggler; Reegon Mithrilspear; Hiran Sinkeye; Clang Killitchy; Deergar Bluehawk; Firuk Blackore; Darren Leafsword; Laurin Shattersmith...
%% LukeIAmYourFather has not yet been used. That trope is about two long-established characters being revealed to be related to each other. Tarquin was two pages old when the reveal came, and thus it's a case of LukeYouAreMyFather.
* LukeYouAreMyFather: The opportunity is used to spoof [[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack a well-known blood relation reveal]].
-->'''[[spoiler:Tarquin:]]''' [[spoiler:Elan...]] I am your father!\\
'''[[spoiler:Elan:]]''' {{GASP}}\\
(''[[spoiler:Tarquin]] removes his helmet'')\\
'''[[spoiler:Tarquin:]]''' Oh MAN! [[IAlwaysWantedToSayThat I've always wanted to say that line]]!\\
'''[[spoiler:Elan:]]''' That was... that was a PERFECT delivery!\\
'''[[spoiler:Tarquin:]]''' I know, right? Wasn't it awesome? [[OverlyPrepreparedGag I've been waiting, like, FOREVER for that.]]\\
'''[[spoiler:Elan:]]''' Growing up without a father was totally {{worth it}} JUST FOR THAT REVEAL!\\
'''Vaarsuvius:''' [[DeadpanSnarker Heredity is a cruel mistress.]]
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!!!''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' provides examples of the following tropes:

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[[folder:J]]
* JacobMarleyApparel: Parodied with [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0526.html the Ghost of Lame Monsters Past]].
* JerkassHasAPoint: Belkar has sometimes a better idea of what's going on than his goody-two-shoes companions.
** Even Hinjo, a paladin, has to admit it once, about why his uncle would refuse resurrection.
** Belkar's insistence that [[spoiler:Vampire!Durkon be killed at the first calm moment]] was probably the best course of action [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0946.html all things considered.]]
* JockDadNerdSon: Inverted with Roy Greenhilt and his father, Eugene. Roy chose a career as a fighter class as opposed to a wizard like his father, which are seen as a jock and nerd class respectively at least in universe. Played straight with Eugene and his father, Horace, who had inspired Roy's career path. Interestingly, Roy was apparently a nerd compared to ''other'' fighters.
-->'''Roy:''' Well I hate to break it to you dad, but this isn't the end of the line. More like half-time.\\
'''Eugene:''' What? How can you halve time itself?\\
'''Roy:''' *Sigh* I should have known a sports metaphor would be wasted on you.
* JokerImmunity: Lampshaded and justified in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0399.html "Death Actually IS Too Good for Them"]], where the Order decide what to do with a once-again-defeated Linear Guild. They come to the decision that imprisonment (in {{antimagic}} cells) is actually ''more'' secure than summary execution, given that they live in a world where DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist. Of course, they also live in a world of {{Cardboard Prison}}s, so...
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: [[spoiler:V's epic Uber-spell to destroy all kin of the black dragon mother.]]
* JustBetweenYouAndMe: Redcloak to Tsukiko. [[spoiler:In a minor subversion, he says it before he springs his trap. And in a further subversion, he actually does make sure she never reveals it to anyone. Ironically, this is immediately after she attempts to pull the same trope on him.]]
* JustDesserts: [[spoiler:Tsukiko is eaten by her own wights, at Redcloak's command. He wanted to make a point about how the undead aren't allies, they're tools. Finally he orders them to eat each other, and the last one to destroy itself in the fireplace.]]
* JustEatHim:
** This happens to [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0183.html Haley (and lizard-V, shortly)]] thanks to the adolescent black dragon.
** Then [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0322.html once]] or [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0638.html twice]] more to Vaarsuvius.
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0144.html And to "Hors-D'oeuvre"]]. He escapes, [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0174.html but "not through the scenic route, if you know what I mean"]].
* JustHitHim: The raging Thog's main tactic in his gladiatoral fight with Roy. Sure, being thrown into walls is damaging, but it also gives Roy enough breathing time to put together a strategy, and even puts him in the perfect position to enable it when Thog throws him into the spectator rows.
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[[folder:K]]
* KansasCityShuffle:
** Haley pulls one on the rest of her party [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0129.html here]], getting them to give her more treasure by making them assume she's trying to cheat them.
** Xykon's strategy to enter Azure City, but luckily [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0428.html Haley is savvy enough to see it.]]
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Azure City is the Stick-verse's {{Wutai}}, so katanas are favored by many of the soldiers and members of the Sapphire Guard. Belkar and Nale have both averted this trope, fighting with katanas they stole from Azurites, but switching to their [[WeaponOfChoice preferred weapons]] at the first opportunity.
-->'''Hobgoblin:''' (''kills the guard Nale just disarmed'') Hey thanks! I guess I'm lucky you really needed a katana!\\
'''Nale:''' I prefer longswords, actually. (''kills the hobgoblin and takes his sword'')
* KeepingTheEnemyClose: This is Roy's reason for keeping [[TokenEvilTeammate Belkar]] as a member of the order. Roy doesn't trust any prison enough to keep Belkar from breaking out and going on a rampage, whereas so long as Belkar is working for the Order, the other members can keep him in check and direct his [[HeroicComedicSociopath sociopathic tendencies]] towards [[EvilVersusEvil evils that are more dangerous than him]].
* KickTheDog:
** Invoked posthumously in regard to Crystal. Elan says he's not mad at Haley for it, as long as she's sure Crystal was "really, REALLY bad." Haley responds that she once saw Crystal headbutt an elderly gnome woman into a coma, which makes Elan feel better about it.
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0707.html Elves are mean.]]
** Yukyuk in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0792.html "Animal Instincts"]].
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0811.html "A Touch of Death"]]. Wow. Really, Nale?
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0883.html In case you needed confirmation that Qarr is indeed Lawful EVIL...]]
** Discussed in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0916.html "Executive Order"]]. After Tarquin has committed some of his worse on-screen actions so far, he says he has one last one to do before letting Elan leave:
--->'''Elan:''' What, do you have a bunny you need to punch in front of me or something?\\
'''Tarquin:''' No, I'm talking about your dismal combat performance back at the pyramid. (''to Kilkil'') Though make note of the bunny thing for next time, that's good stuff.
* KickTheSonOfABitch:
** V's [[spoiler:murder of Kubota]] certainly showed just how much more of an AntiHero the elf had become, but if there was any [[SmugSnake antagonist]] that deserved to be unceremoniously disintegrated and scattered to the winds, it was this one.
** Similarly, [[spoiler:Haley's murder of Crystal]] is commonly seen as this, though a few still found it a bit unsettling. At least until you [[AllThereInTheManual buy the fourth book,]] then read the scenes where [[spoiler:Crystal tries to kill Haley ''several times'' while they're retrieving Roy's body]].
** Also [[KnightTemplar Miko]] pursuing [[HeroicComedicSociopath Belkar]], especially if you consider what Belkar's conduct looks like from ''inside'' the comic's world.
** [[spoiler:Redcloak killing Tsukiko]] is thoroughly cold, callous and brutal and serves as a defining character moment for the former as a villain... and yet, given the latter is a [[spoiler:villain with a skewed perception of morality, and was [[HaveYouToldAnyoneElse threatening to ruin Redcloak's plans to betray Xykon instead of simply informing the latter of this deception, she]]]] really had it coming.
** Similarly, Redcloak killing the elven resistance in Azure City, who had already established themselves as no better than the goblins by killing civilians and prisoners out of speciesism.
** Nale [[spoiler:burns Malack alive]]. Sure, he did it for selfish reasons, but considering that [[spoiler:Malack converted Durkon into a vampire and was plotting mass murder on a daily basis]], he deserved it.
** [[spoiler:Tarquin later kills Nale, though admittedly one of the reasons he did so was to avenge his comrade's death]].
* KidWithTheLeash: Roy and Belkar, especially when Roy has the command word for Belkar's [[RestrainingBolt mark of justice]]. After [[spoiler:Roy dies]], the leash passes to Haley. She isn't as good at keeping him under control.
* KilledMidSentence:
** When Belkar kills the Chimera at the very beginning.
--->'''[[MeaningfulName Trigak]]:''' You may have won this round, Order of the Stick, but we swear our revenge on you! When you least expect--! GAK! GAK! GAK!
** Xykon does this to a group of [[HiredGuns mercenary ogres]] who are complaining about not being paid ''very'' early in the comic's run, (and then he zombifies their corpses so he can still get some use out of them), perhaps giving the first hint that he's not a [[HarmlessVillain harmless]] [[ContractualGenreBlindness cliché storm]] of a villain, despite appearances.
** This is also how [[spoiler:Roy Greenhilt]] dies, mid-pondering in freefall.
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0360.html And in Cliffport,]] "I'm getting too old for--"
** Haley [[spoiler:gets [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0789.html petrified mid-sentence]] by Zz'dtri]].
* KilledOffForReal: While BackFromTheDead has been a plot point, and an important one, [[WordOfGod Word of the Giant]] says that the spell ''True Resurrection'' (which can bring someone back from ''anything'') won't be used in this story because it [[DeathIsCheap breaks the dramatic impact of death]]. Thus there are a few people we can be confident are gone for good:
** [[spoiler:Lord Shojo denied resurrection because he'd rather be in the Chaotic Good {{heaven}} than Azure City's DeadlyDecadentCourt.]]
** [[spoiler:Miko was given a very final-looking death scene, and the only person who seemed interested in her corpse (to make an intelligent undead, not resurrect her) passed up on the chance because it was an incomplete body (also, [[WordOfGod Word of the Giant]] is that she's staying dead).]][[invoked]]
** [[spoiler:Therkla was betrayed by her boss/father-figure and Elan won't be her boyfriend so she has no reason to be revived.]]
** The following people are staying dead because their bodies were destroyed or rendered inaccessible, and resurrection requires a body:
*** [[spoiler:Kubota's body was disintegrated by Vaarsuvius, and the ashes were then spread to the winds.]]
*** [[spoiler:Thanh's body was buried under a mountain after being slain by Redcloak's Osmium Elemental.]]
*** [[spoiler:After Redcloak seized control over her wights, Tsukiko was level-drained to death and then they ate her body. Then that wight was eaten by a second wight, who was eaten by a third who was eaten by a fourth who committed suicide with fire.]]
*** [[spoiler:Yukyuk's corpse was destroyed during the explosion of the Draketooth Clan's pyramid, along with the Draketooth clan.]]
*** [[spoiler:Malack was burned to ashes by the sun after his Protection From Daylight spell was dispelled.]]
*** [[spoiler:Nale was disintegrated after being stabbed in the heart, with his ashes being blown away by the wind.]]
* KillItWithFire:
** Belkar's mantra.
--->'''Belkar:''' [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0270.html When in doubt, set something on fire.]]
** Vaarsuvius is fond of it too:
--->'''Vaarsuvius:''' ''Burn,'' [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0799.html you insufferably terse dullard!]]
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0440.html The Death Knight]], the [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0450.html Eye of Fear and Flame]] and the [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0453.html Huecuva]].
* KindRestraints:
** Roy has to bound and gag Durkon in the Wooden Forest so that he'd stop freaking out about trees and risk alerting the bandits.
--->'''Durkon:''' (''gagged'') Mmph mrph mmmph mmf mrf mrrrph mrph!\\
'''Roy:''' I'm going to choose to attribute that comment to stress and not hold it against you in the future.
** The team also keeps Belkar tied up and gagged after Nale used a CharmPerson on him... and a few hours afterward in the morning, even though the spell had already worn off, since the halfling is better company like this.
* KissingUnderTheInfluence: Belkar to V. Not that the elf is about to say anything to him.
* KissOfDeath: Succubi (such as Sabine) can energy-drain someone by kissing them. Sabine does that to Elan in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0793.html "Critical Thinking"]].
* KlingonPromotion:
** Parodied: Therkla gets to be the valedictorian of her ninja class by killing the original.
** Also how Redcloak became supreme leader of the hobgoblins, by killing the one he assumes is their leader. The real leader wisely keeps his mouth shut and lets Red take over.
** When Belkar, Haley, and Celia disguise themselves as some corpses and a necromancer to get past two hobgoblins, one of the hobgoblins doubts Belkar actually is a corpse, so Belkar stabs him to death. The other gets the message and lets them pass, then says "Thanks for the promotion" as they leave.
* KnightsAndKnaves: [[http://http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0327.html "The Test of the Mind"]] in the Sunken Valley. Solved in a non-traditional manner.
* KnowsAGuyWhoKnowsAGuy: Belkar suggests selling some captured enemies into slavery, adding that he "know[s] a guy who knows a guy" to contact for this. [[BrickJoke Much later]], we meet the guy in question, Buggy Lou. His best supplier on the Northern Continent was pals with Belkar.
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[[folder:L]]
* ALadyOnEachArm: In ''On the Origins of [=PCs=]'', a newly-jailbroken Belkar is just musing that life couldn't get any better when happens upon a sign saying, "WHORES: 2-for-1 Sale!" The next panel is the three of them walking off like this.
* LampshadedTheObscureReference:
** A comic ends with gladiators being torn apart by a giant Ollie of ''Kukla, Fran and Ollie'' fame. The comic's title is "Ask Your Grandparents".
** Not as old nor as obscure, but the SuddenVideogameMoment featuring ''VideoGame/{{Centipede}}'' is lampshaded too.
--->'''Chief:''' Man, that brought back memories.\\
'''Rookie:''' I don't get it.\\
'''Chief:''' Before your time, kid. Before your time.
* LampshadeHanging: The comic practically ''runs'' on this trope. At one point we even see an actual lampshade during a lampshade hanging.
%% LaResistance go to "R", as per the rule that articles (even in French) are ignored.
* LargeHam:
** Vaarsuvius, when doing his/her loud, melodramatic rants about being able to reshape the building blocks of the universe with arcane magic.
** Elan, though being a bard may be part of the reason.
** Thor.
** Xykon.
** Linear Guild Members Nale, Thog, and Leeky Windstaff.
** Tarquin.
** The Empress of Blood.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia:
** The memory charm around the Oracle that makes you forget everything about your visit except your questions and their answers as soon as you leave.
** The same thing is going for the afterlife. Roy can remember the time spent on the clouds with his father and the scrying they've done, but past the big gate his memories are fuzzy, though he remembers some bits.
* LaserGuidedKarma:
** Elan and Nale's first fight.
--->'''Elan:''' Nale! There's nowhere to go. Surrender!\\
'''Nale:''' Surrender? Never, you moronic little twit. I'd rather die than--\\
(''bridge crumbles underneath his feet, leaving him dangling by one hand'')\\
'''Nale:''' Help me, brother!\\
'''Elan:''' Karma-riffic!
** [[spoiler:Redcloak's right eye, reflecting his late brother, who had lost his left eye. You can tell that he's actually screaming at the irony, as opposed to the pain from the stabbing of his eye.]]
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0683.html "Stupid entirely justified comeuppance."]]
** Vaarsuvius was already feeling guilty about [[spoiler:using fiend-granted powers to wipe out every creature related to a black dragon]], but even so the elf probably wasn't expecting it to bite them in the ass like in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0842.html "All in the Family"]].
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0936.html "THIS IS A TERRIBLE ENDING!!!"]]
** Suffice to say the Sapphire Guard's decision to wipe out a small goblin village comes back to bite them.
** A planned one: Belkar, still under a magical curse that will go off if he kills someone within a town's borders, murders an oracle. Then he looks out of the oracle's tower's rear window...
--->'''Sign:''' Welcome to the village of '''[[PrecisionFStrike LickMyOrangeBallsHalfling]]'''.\\
Founded: Last week. Population: Just enough.
* LastRequest:
** A driving motivation for both Haley and Ian.
** [[spoiler:Durkon's last request to Malack is to not harm any of his friends.]]
* LastSecondWordSwap:
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0184.html "Hawaiian Love"]]:
--->'''Haley:''' Elan... I think I'm in love with y--\\
'''Durkon:''' Cure Critical Wounds!\\
'''Haley:''' --ukuleles.
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0383.html "What's Really Scary Is That He Knows the Words"]]:
--->'''Belkar:''' Nale, you spineless piece of weasel crap, I'm going to cut your--\\
'''Nale:''' Charm Person!\\
'''Belkar:''' --hair for you, if you'd like. It sure could use a trim.
** Also [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0726.html "Mammals Can't Seem to Get Enough of Those Things"]]:
--->'''Tarquin:''' ...she had the most magnificent set of perky round--\\
'''Haley:''' Eyes. Let's both pretend you were about to say, "eyes".
* LatinLover: Enriqué, for Sara Greenhilt.
* LaughablyEvil: Many villains (and one protagonist); Burlew is very good at writing characters who are both likeable (funny, awesome, etc.) and yet definitely villainous and unsympathetic. Examples include:
** Xykon. All over the place.
** Belkar. And he knows it.
--->'''Belkar:''' I'm comedy gold! I'm the only funny thing left in this damn comic strip!
** General Tarquin, in his [[NerdInEvilsHelmet geekier moments]].
** Qarr and the IFCC can get into it too.
* LaughingMad: "Patient seems to also be suffering from [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0303.html uncontrollable hideous laughter]]."
* LaughWithMe: Inverted. When Xykon proclaims that his goals will be achieved soon, Redcoak and the [=MitD=] let out an EvilLaugh. Redcloak then asks why Xykon doesn't join them.
-->'''Xykon:''' Actually, ever since I became a lich, I haven't been able to get the same volume in my evil laughter. Since I technically don't have ''lungs''.
* LawfulStupid: Frequently subverted (especially with GoodIsNotNice) and often lampshaded.
** Paladins are noted to have this reputation, but actually rarely show it... with one unfortunate exception. In general, [[LawfulStupidChaoticStupid Lawful Stupid, Stupid Good, Chaotic Stupid and Stupid Evil]] are all demonstrated by one character or another at different times. (Miko Miyazaki arguably demonstrates all four, sometimes all in the same comic.)
** Roy does a good job of differentiating between himself (LawfulGood) and Miko (LawfulStupid) in a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech. [[invoked]]
--->'''Roy:''' You're not Good, at least not any definition of Good that I would want to follow. You follow the letter of the alignment description while ignoring its intent. Sure, you fight Evil, but when was the last time you showed a "concern for the dignity of sentient beings"? You're just a mean, socially inept bully who hides behind a badge and her holier-than-thou morality as excuses to treat other people like crap.
** Played for laughs in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0428.html "It Takes a Thief"]], where Haley tries to explain the ShellGame to two LawfulGood characters.
--->'''Haley:''' A ruse that relies on the target's innate acceptance on the rules presented to him? Against a league of paladins? Easy money.
* LawOfConservationOfDetail: Invoked by Julio Scoundrél when Elan comments on how unlikely it is that they should meet each other.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Less common than BreakingTheFourthWall moments, but in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0788.html "A Vexation or Irritation"]], Tarquin comments about Thog, "It's weird, no matter how many people he kills, the audience still thinks he's lovable". Meaning the audience in the arena, not the readers, obviously.
* LeaveHimToMe: Invoked, not by one of the fighters, but by Julio Scoundrél, who has a standing policy that [[RedshirtArmy his crew]] are not to "interfere with third-act duels".
* LeaveNoWitnesses: When Redcloak [[spoiler:wipes out the Resistance and gets Xykon's phylactery back]], he only uses summoned monsters (who he then dismisses) and lets the only hobgoblin involved stay dead.
-->'''Redcloak:''' The exact details here need to stay between me and our god. I just thank the Dark One that I didn't need to execute you myself.
** After a JustBetweenYouAndMe speech, he kills [[spoiler:Tsukiko by using her own wights against her]] and then has them destroy each other and the last one burn itself to ashes in the fireplace.
* LeetLingo: Elan [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0696.html writing "!!1!"]] in the sand.
* LeftForDead: Durkon was, accidentally, in an early strip.
* LeftJustifiedFantasyMap: A map of Azure City and its surroundings appears in the back of ''War and [=XPs=]'' with a sea along the left edge. However, the western continent should appear on the other side of the sea.
* LetMeGetThisStraight:
** Xykon to Roy during their first encouter.
--->'''Xykon:''' So, let me get this straight. Your father spent his entire life looking for me over a largely inconsequential killing? [-(Magic Missile.)-]\\
'''Roy:''' Yes! You killed his master, and he swore an oath to destroy you!\\
'''Xykon:''' And he was too much of a loser to get the job done before croaking, so now you, Loser Jr., have taken up the task?
** V and Blackwing, after V's question is answered via AnswerCut.
--->'''Vaarsuvius:''' A planet? '''Within''' the planet?\\
'''Blackwing:''' That's pretty much what I said, yeah.
* LethalJokeItem: The bag of tricks, which summons random animals. Roy eventually finds creative uses for it, like making distracting kitties. It also has a compact rhino on it, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard but it kinda backfired]].
* [[LethalJokeItem Lethal Joke Spell]]:
** "[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0512.html Dancing Lights?]] That's like a 0th-level spell! Geez, what kind of low-level lame-ass spellcaster are you? You've got one chance before I perforate you, and you choose... [[OhCrap Dancing... Lights.]]"
** On the other hand, "[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0706.html Dancing Knights]]" is indeed useless.
* LensFlare: Used in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0430.html "Rematch"]] for dramatic effect.
* LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain:
** During Azure City's New Year, Belkar gets drunk and [[KissingUnderTheInfluence kisses Vaarsuvius full on the lips]]. Afterwards, Belkar forgets it entirely and Vaarsuvius insists that, if the one witness to the kiss (Durkon) ever has to discuss it again, it will be referred to it as "the Event". And they never talk about it again.
** While being interviewed for the Lawful Good afterlife, Roy Greenhilt stops the bureaucratic deva interviewing him before she can mention the GenderBender incident within earshot of his father, who is standing not ten feet away.
** As seen in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0835.html "A Dish Best Served Warm, After All"]], Vaarsuvius has this attitude regarding further recounting of his adventures in the Semi-Elemental Plane of Ranch Dressing.
* LightningCanDoAnything:
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0352.html Weather Control.]] {{Justified|Trope}} in that [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0353.html Thor bent the laws of reality]] because he thought the desired effect [[RuleOfCool would be really cool.]]
** Lightning can also [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0576.html animate golems]].
--->'''Hieronymus Grubwiggler:''' It's alive! ALIVE!!!
* LikeBrotherAndSister: Roy & Haley.
* LipstickLesbian: The "latent bisexuality" aspect of Haley's mind is among the more "girly" of the aspects.
* LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards:
** In true 3.5 fashion, Durkon and Vaarsuvius are the most powerful members of the party.
** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d and [[DiscussedTrope referenced]] in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0764.html "Small Talk"]].
** As revealed in ''On the Origin of [=PCs=]'', Roy took up the quest of destroying Xykon to prove this trope wrong.
* LineOfSightName:
** The Order itself, as revealed in ''On the Origin of [=PCs=]''.
** Also, [[spoiler:Redcloak and his brother Right-Eye, as revealed in ''Start of Darkness'']].
* LiteralGenie: Subverted. Roy, wary of this happening, words his question to the Oracle in such a way that it works against him. His concern made sense, as this trope was played straight the first time he visited the Oracle (offscreen):
-->'''Roy:''' Where is Xykon?\\
'''Oracle:''' In his throne room.
::Roy and Durkon then proceeded to [[HighAltitudeInterrogation dangle the Oracle out the window]] until he allowed them to ask a third question.
* LiteralMetaphor: A fairly common gag.
** The author himself gets one when the [[http://www.giantitp.com/Images/fanart/ootslate2.gif "Comic is running late."]]
** Celia's ex-boyfriend is caught "[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0269.html slipping the wood]]" to some dryad hussy. At least it was a potted wood.
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0320.html When leaving Azure City,]] Roy states that they are on "the road to Adventure". And indeed, it's the name of Gate 6 (next to Gate 7, the Film/RoadToPerdition).
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0328.html "The Test of the Heart"]] is another blatant case. "The truths that are in your heart will be laid bare for all to know." [[spoiler:Through a cardiac exam.]]
** Sabine makes one in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0349.html "Every Couple Has Their Quirks"]]:
--->'''Sabine:''' It's hard, but sometimes, I need to make a sacrifice in order to maintain our love.\\
'''Roy:''' Like dressing up for him?\\
'''Sabine:''' No, I meant a literal sacrifice. I have a desecrated altar waiting for your corpse in the next room.
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0487.html "Their Concierge Service is Heavenly"]]:
--->'''Roy:''' Huh... I always thought the "revolving door afterlife" was just a metaphor...
** And [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0490.html "Final Review"]]:
--->'''Bureaucratic Deva:''' Mr. Greenhilt, we do things "by the book" around here -- and it just so happens that the book in question is 100 feet tall and alight with holy fire --
** In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0757.html "Something Blue"]], Tarquin mention that some of his previous wives got cold feet before the marriage. [[ColdBloodedTorture The ensuing flashback reveals that it is quite literal.]]
** Sabine gets one turned on her in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0794.html "We Recommend Tsukiko"]]:
--->'''Nale:''' Oh really? Why don't you chase after him, then?\\
'''Sabine:''' Nale, you know I love you. I didn't--\\
'''Nale:''' No, I mean literally. Go chase after him. He's escaping.
* LivingCrashpad:
** The two Flumphs. This becomes a RunningGag, but is then {{subverted}} -- and {{lampshaded}} -- when it fails to happen at a truly critical moment.
** Another example doesn't involve the Flumphs, [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0168.html but Elan's head breaking Belkar's fall.]]
** At yet another time, [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0805.html the Lawyers and the Flumphs exchange their roles.]]
* LoadBearingBoss: Subverted. Xykon's destruction did nothing to the Dungeon of Dorukan, but then Elan [[InvokedTrope activated a self-destruct sigil]] so they could have a dramatic escape.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: The [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStick character sheets]] aren't exhaustive, not by a long shot. [[http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showthread.php?t=276152 A constantly-updated list can be found in the forums]].
* {{Loincloth}}: Standard issue for gladiator convicts in the Empire of Blood -- even for lizardfolks, although they don't need them.
-->'''Belkar:''' Also, everyone here could use a little less loin and a lot more cloth.
* TheLoinsSleepTonight:
** In ''Start of Darkness'', one of the factors that makes Xykon's decision to become a lich that much easier is that "it hasn't moved on its own in 16 years."
** Ian Starshine also mentions that he'd been sterile for 10 years since an accident with a poison trap.
* LongSpeechTeaTime: The whole party, during the scribble-art backstory.
* LookBehindYou: In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0626.html "Good to the Last Drip"]], Vaarsuvius is so busy attempting to Disintegrate Qarr that only the small imp notices an ancient black dragon with a personal vendetta approaching from behind.
* LoopholeAbuse: Redcloak orders the Silicon Elemental he summons to "kill [the Order]. Starting with the human with the greatsword [Roy]." Haley manages to make it change targets by taking Roy's sword.
* LotusEaterMachine: In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0885.html "Victory Comes from Within"]], [[spoiler:Belkar is killed, Vaarsuvius returns from their disappearance, and Roy manages to use a new trick to disable and kill Xykon. But then it's revealed that this is all taking place in one of Girard's illusion traps. The illusion proceeds to give the Order a happy ending, with Durkon returning alive, the Order dumping Xykon's phylactery into a volcano, Elan making up with his family, the liberation of Azure City, a grand tomb made in honor of Belkar and Scruffy, the Order enacting justice on Bozzok, Vaarsuvius and Durkon working together to repair the destroyed Gates, et cetera on to infinity. The strip after '''that''' reveals that fighters have become more popular than wizards, as per Roy's dream. And that Tarquin has even decided to remarry Elan and Nale's mother, with Malack officiating and everyone in attendance. The Order successfully disbelieves the illusion when it does ''too'' good a job of giving the Order what they want, and Elan realizes that many of his dreams are too silly or unrealistic to ever be realized.]]
* LoudOfWar: At one point, Thog [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0258.html suggests using a rather well-known Canadian singer as a torture device,]] but Nale thinks that particular choice is uncivilized.
* LoyalPhlebotinum:
** The Crimson Mantle imparts the divine half of the ritual for controlling the Snarl directly into its wearer's mind, but only if they are a priest of the Dark One.
** The Sapphire Guard uniform is magical and only works for a paladin. Thus, [[spoiler:when Miko becomes a fallen paladin, [[PaintItBlack her armor loses its color and powers]]]].
* LuckilyMyPowersWillProtectMe: In ''Start of Darkness'', the rematch between Lirian and just-turned-lich Xykon is basically Lirian using all the wrong spells and abilities so Xykon can explain why none of them work anymore. Admittedly, it isn't out of character for Xykon to taunt his opponent by pointing out why his opponent can't beat him, even if that essentially means giving tips on how he or she could.
* LukeNounverber: The Greenhilt family doesn't count since it's actually named from the ancestral sword, but we have plenty others: Haley & Ian Starshine; Belkar Bitterleaf; Durkon Thundershield; Hilgya Firehelm; Leeky Windstaff; Girard Draketooth; Fyron Pucebuckle; Miron Shewdanker; Hieronymus Grubwiggler; Reegon Mithrilspear; Hiran Sinkeye; Clang Killitchy; Deergar Bluehawk; Firuk Blackore; Darren Leafsword; Laurin Shattersmith...
%% LukeIAmYourFather has not yet been used. That trope is about two long-established characters being revealed to be related to each other. Tarquin was two pages old when the reveal came, and thus it's a case of LukeYouAreMyFather.
* LukeYouAreMyFather: The opportunity is used to spoof [[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack a well-known blood relation reveal]].
-->'''[[spoiler:Tarquin:]]''' [[spoiler:Elan...]] I am your father!\\
'''[[spoiler:Elan:]]''' {{GASP}}\\
(''[[spoiler:Tarquin]] removes his helmet'')\\
'''[[spoiler:Tarquin:]]''' Oh MAN! [[IAlwaysWantedToSayThat I've always wanted to say that line]]!\\
'''[[spoiler:Elan:]]''' That was... that was a PERFECT delivery!\\
'''[[spoiler:Tarquin:]]''' I know, right? Wasn't it awesome? [[OverlyPrepreparedGag I've been waiting, like, FOREVER for that.]]\\
'''[[spoiler:Elan:]]''' Growing up without a father was totally {{worth it}} JUST FOR THAT REVEAL!\\
'''Vaarsuvius:''' [[DeadpanSnarker Heredity is a cruel mistress.]]
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23rd Jul '14 10:03:50 PM Cakeman
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** [[spoiler:Tarquin killing Nale]].

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** [[spoiler:Tarquin killing Nale]].later kills Nale, though admittedly one of the reasons he did so was to avenge his comrade's death]].
21st Jul '14 1:50:47 AM StFan
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* KilledOffForReal: While BackFromTheDead has been a plot point, and an important one, WordOfGod says that the spell ''True resurrection'' (which can bring someone back from ''anything'') won't be used in this story because it [[DeathIsCheap breaks the dramatic impact of death]]. Thus there are a few people we can be confident are gone for good:

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* KilledOffForReal: While BackFromTheDead has been a plot point, and an important one, WordOfGod [[WordOfGod Word of the Giant]] says that the spell ''True resurrection'' Resurrection'' (which can bring someone back from ''anything'') won't be used in this story because it [[DeathIsCheap breaks the dramatic impact of death]]. Thus there are a few people we can be confident are gone for good:



** [[spoiler:Miko was given a very final-looking death scene, and the only person who seemed interested in her corpse (to make an intelligent undead, not resurrect her) passed up on the chance because it was an incomplete body (also, [[WordOfGod Word of the Giant]] is that she's staying dead).]]

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** [[spoiler:Miko was given a very final-looking death scene, and the only person who seemed interested in her corpse (to make an intelligent undead, not resurrect her) passed up on the chance because it was an incomplete body (also, [[WordOfGod Word of the Giant]] is that she's staying dead).]]]][[invoked]]



-->'''Sign:''' Welcome to the village of '''[[PrecisionFStrike Lickmyorangeballshalfling]]'''. Founded: Last week. Population: Just enough.

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-->'''Sign:''' --->'''Sign:''' Welcome to the village of '''[[PrecisionFStrike Lickmyorangeballshalfling]]'''. LickMyOrangeBallsHalfling]]'''.\\
Founded: Last week. Population: Just enough.
20th Jul '14 4:26:48 PM bificommander
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** A planned one: Belkar, still under a magical curse that will go off if he kills someone within a town's borders, murders an oracle. Then he looks out of the oracle's tower's rear window...
-->'''Sign:''' Welcome to the village of '''[[PrecisionFStrike Lickmyorangeballshalfling]]'''. Founded: Last week. Population: Just enough.
13th Jul '14 5:53:45 AM LordGro
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* JustDeserts: [[spoiler:Tsukiko is eaten by her own wights, at Redcloak's command. He wanted to make a point about how the undead aren't allies, they're tools. Finally he orders them to eat each other, and the last one to destroy itself in the fireplace.]]

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* JustDeserts: JustDesserts: [[spoiler:Tsukiko is eaten by her own wights, at Redcloak's command. He wanted to make a point about how the undead aren't allies, they're tools. Finally he orders them to eat each other, and the last one to destroy itself in the fireplace.]]
20th Jun '14 9:29:20 PM AnotherGuy
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'''[[spoiler:Elan:]]''' Gasp!\\

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'''[[spoiler:Elan:]]''' Gasp!\\{{GASP}}\\
16th May '14 9:24:21 PM Aquillion
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* LamarckWasRight:
** [[spoiler:Tarquin and Elan have the GenreSavvy gene in common.]]
--->'''Vaarsuvius:''' Heredity is a cruel mistress.
** [[spoiler:Also, Nale got the convoluted planning ideas and general "smarts" from their mother. He also inherited Tarquin's major flaw: An all encompassing belief that [[ItsAllAboutMe the world revolves around him]], and a tendency to let his obsessions overrule his better judgement.]]
** Ian seems to believe family members have ''everything'' in common, and refuses to admit that the son of Tarquin could be not as evil as his father.
7th May '14 6:34:49 PM StFan
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*** Similarly, Redcloak killing the elven resistance in Azure City, who had already established themselves as no better than the goblins by killing civilians and prisoners out of racism.

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*** ** Similarly, Redcloak killing the elven resistance in Azure City, who had already established themselves as no better than the goblins by killing civilians and prisoners out of racism.speciesism.
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