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'''The Order of the Stick''' | [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickTeamEvil Team Evil]] | [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickTheLinearGuild The Linear Guild]] | [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickTheOrderOfTheScribble The Order of the Scribble]] | [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickAzureCity Azure City]] | [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickGreyskyCity Greysky City]] | [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickTheEmpireOfBlood The Empire of Blood]] | [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickDivineBeings Divine Beings]] | [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickOthers Others]]
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!The Order of the Stick

->'''Roy:''' Let my people handle this, we're trained professionals. Well, we're [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits semi-trained, quasi-professionals, at any rate]].

Led by Roy Greenhilt, the Order is a group of six [[PlayerCharacter PCs]] (plus a familiar and two animal companions), out to destroy the evil lich Xykon and prevent him from [[TakeOverTheWorld taking over]] (or worse, [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt destroying]]) the world.

[[folder:In General]]
* BadassCrew: Definitely.
** Hold the defense of Azure City together almost by themselves.
** After the [[spoiler:destruction of Girard's gate]], the much-depleted Order still poses a credible threat to an entire army of FacelessGoons.
* CasualDangerDialog: The whole order gets up to this regularly, due to abuse of TalkingIsAFreeAction and the fact that they're pretty much all {{Deadpan Snarker}}s. Vaarsuvius and Belkar, however, especially stand out, the former being generally unafraid (of combat), and the latter being a FearlessFool. Elan gets to do this whenever it's narratively appropriate, due to being a bard, and Roy gets quite a bit due to the fact that his sheer exasperation and[=/=]or frustration with the absurdity of the Order's circumstances overshadow his fears.
* DeusExitMachina:
** [[WordOfGod Word of the Giant]] admits that Vaarsuvius is removed from several fights due to being too powerful, such as falling off the wall during the battle of Azure City, absent from most of the fleet fights, temporarily thrown into an alternate realm of ranch dressing beings, falling down a booby trap during a panic attack... It can be often justified in-story in that disabling the spellcaster is a common, reasonable strategy, so it makes sense enemies ''want'' V out of the game. It's just that they sometimes succeed.
** Removing Durkon from the equation is just as tough. He was the only match for the druid Leeky, he's Roy's best friend, and until Elan invested in learning some spells, the only healer. Hence things getting really tense when [[spoiler:he's turned into a vampire by Malack.]]
* {{Destructive Saviour}}s:
** During the first story arc, they destroy Xykon and drive off his minions, saving the world. Then they blow up the Dungeon of Dorukan because Elan can't resist activating the [[SchmuckBait Self-Destruct Rune]].
** During their stay at an inn, they foil an assassination attempt on a visiting king, but Belkar inadvertently sets off the assassins' explosives and destroys the inn. Sensing a pattern?
** Azure City's castle also blows up not too long after their visit, but here they can hardly be blamed for it... at least not directly.
--->'''Vaarsuvius:''' It is troubling that we can now recognize our failures by immediate auditory familiarity.
** And [[spoiler:Girard's Pyramid can be added to the list.]] This time it is fully intentional, though, the Order having no other choice.
* AFriendInNeed: Not all of them, but mutual assistance is common. Most noticeable -- using the trope name -- when Roy offers [[spoiler:to let Vampire!Durkon drink his blood]], and Elan and Haley jump to offer as well.
* {{Good Counterpart}}s: To the Linear Guild.
* GuysSmashGirlsShoot: All the guys are melee fighters (even Belkar, which makes no sense for a halfling ranger), except for Haley the archer, and the ambiguously-gendered elf wizard Vaarsuvius. Downplayed somewhat in that Belkar can use his daggers as throwing knives, but he probably just prefers the hands-on approach, and with [[MagicKnight Durkon mixing it up with divine magic]]. Briefly inverted when Haley takes Roy's sword [[spoiler:(to change the target of an elemental that was ordered to kill "[[ExactWords the human with the greatsword]]" first)]] and Roy takes up Haley's bow.
* LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards: Why Vaarsuvius and Durkon are often given a DeusExitMachina during plot-important fights.
* LineOfSightName / JustifiedTitle: In response to his teammates' lame attempts at coming up with a name for their group based on ridiculous things (like the fact that they were hired in a tavern, a trait that most adventuring groups share, or that it was a cloudy day), Roy sarcastically suggested they call themselves "the Order of the Stick" because there was a stick on the ground. To his dismay, the name struck a chord with everyone else.
* LukeNounverber: Everyone whose last name we know follows this formula.
* MeaningfulName: The above Line-of-Sight Name is in-story justification from the {{Prequel}}. The true reason for the name is, [[CaptainObvious naturally]], that they are {{Stick Figure|Comic}}s.
* MinMaxing: Inverted! Everybody has made some of the worst possible character class/ability/equipment choices (from the min-maxing point of view).
** Roy is a single-class fighter with a lot of points in Intelligence [[note]] (which [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0808.html turns out to have been more unconventional than bad]]) [[/note]]. He also doesn't carry a single [[EmergencyWeapon backup weapon]], which is inexcusably negligent for a party's front-line fighter. Roy also has a high wisdom, which is why his Celestial counselor wonders why Roy didn't decide to be a cleric instead of a fighter. On the bright side, he likely gets quite a few extra Skill Points and a respectable Will Save. One assumes he got really good rolls and chose ''not'' to min-max.
** Belkar is a dual-wielding halfling ranger (halflings have a Strength penalty and a Dexterity bonus, so archery is a much better choice). The fact that Wisdom is his DumpStat means that he can't cast any spells or use his scouting skills (which he hasn't put any points into anyway) worth a damn, and he multiclassed to barbarian (giving him an XP penalty). Finally, hardly anyone would argue with it from a story point of view, but a pampered housecat isn't the most useful animal companion out there. At least he finally got himself a dinosaur to "unleash the fury".
** Haley is a rogue specializing in longbow, and until she ganked Crystal's dagger she never carried a melee weapon. This negates the flanking bonuses that make rogues really shine in combat, and wastes a feat on martial weapon proficiency (longbow), when shortbow is already on the rogue weapon list. She also burnt another feat on Manyshot, which she hardly ever uses and which is generally regarded as useless anyway.
** Vaarsuvius is a wizard specializing in Evocation, with Necromancy and Conjuration as barred schools, meaning no Teleport or Summon Monster spells. For the non-''D&D'' folks out there, this means V has pure combat spells and little else. This is probably deliberate on the author's part, as Teleport would be a story-breaking spell if the elf could use it at will. And as V points out, at the time the choice for barred schools was made, Teleport ''wasn't'' a Conjuration spell, and it's hardly V's fault that the transition from ''D&D'' Version 3.0 to 3.5 changed the laws of physics and didn't let the evoker retrain.
** Durkon is a dwarven cleric. This isn't too egregious, but cleric isn't the best choice for dwarves because they have a Charisma penalty, (which is apparently Durkon's DumpStat anyway) and Charisma modifies Turn Undead checks. What is a poor idea is his choice to focus more on his healing abilities than [[GameBreaker the medley of nasty powers]] his class ''could'' bring to the table. However, unlike the others, he's not locked into that decision and could bring his combat powers to bear if he wanted (he occasionally does).
** The only one who made something even close to a smart class build is ''[[TheDitz Elan]]''. Despite the jokes about bards being useless, he did it right mechanically. Maxed-out Charisma for spellcasting and Perform checks -- check. Bard-friendly prestige class that improves his combat ability -- check. Although his selection of spells could use some thought, and his low intelligence score means fewer skill points. However, since taking Dashing Swordsman lessons from Scoundrel, he uses his ''Charisma'' for combat rolls, to Nale's surprise.
** In general there's the fact that only the Bard took a PrestigeClass. Wizards and Fighters especially tend towards prestige classes at least in 3.5 because there's little reason to stay put (especially in Roy's case where he could surely get some more use out of his great mental stats with the right Prestige Class abilities).
* {{Player Character}}s: Explicitly described as such, even though the distinction [=PCs/NPCs=] becomes a bit unclear when there are no actual players behind the protagonists.
* PlayerParty: See above.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: To quote ''On the Origin of [=PCs=]'':
-->'''Roy:''' The rogue is [[TheLancer ambitious]] and {{greed}}y, the ranger [[TokenEvilTeammate is a complete psychopath]], the wizard is [[StuffBlowingUp trigger-happy]] [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness and never stops talking]], and [[TheFool the bard is as dumb as a box of moldy carrots]]!\\
'''Durkon:''' As I recall, ye called me "[[GrumpyBear surly and unpleasant]]" shortly after ye met me. [...] Maybe all these folks need is [[TheLeader a good strong leader like ye ta whip 'em inta shape]].
* ReleasingFromThePromise: Originally they were held together by a contract until Xykon was destroyed. They continued after its condition was apparently fulfilled, though, and when Roy discovered that Xykon was still alive, he destroyed the contract, not wishing to hold them together by compulsion.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple or TwoGirlsToATeam: With Haley, depending on Vaarsuvius' actual gender.
* TheTeam:
** TheLeader: Roy Greenhilt calls the shots.
** NumberTwo: Haley Starshine is the official second in command and [[TheLancer is a greedy thief to contrast the duty-bound warrior]]. She eventually becomes his advisor on devious lines of thought.
** TheBigGuy: There are three of these in different ways:
*** CombatMedic: Durkon Thundershield wears armor and has a spell that makes him huge.
*** BloodKnight: Belkar is the bloodthirsty one who mainly contributes with physical prowess.
*** BlackMage: Vaarsuvius specializes in offensive magic and mostly goes around [[StuffBlowingUp blowing stuff up]].
** TheSmartGuy: The Order has four:
*** Vaarsuvius is the mage and is a big fan of SesquipedalianLoquaciousness.
*** Roy, as the leader, is the strategic mastermind.
*** [[GeniusDitz Elan]] can be this when it comes to the [[MetaGuy actual]] [[GenreSavvy narrative]].
*** Haley is cunning enough to analyze cons, tricks or schemes.
** TheHeart:
*** Elan is the moral center.
*** Durkon is the most stable, mature and [[TheReliableOne reliable]] whenever madness strikes.
** SixthRanger: Miko and Celia both occupy the spot for a while. So does Yukyuk... [[{{Brainwashed}} kinda]].
* TalkingIsAFreeAction: A ''central'' concept in the comic.
* TrueCompanions: Although they have a rocky start, they do evolve into this with time. Sealed when Roy rips up his teammates' initial contracts and gives them the choice to pursue the quest on their own choice. Even [[TokenEvilTeammate Belkar]] has stuck with them till now, despite a few opportunities to defect to the evil side.
* WithFriendsLikeThese: The comic was at the start all about this. The group's various dysfunctions sometimes look even more insurmountable than many of their enemies.
-->'''Roy:''' Wow. [[TemptingFate It's refreshing to not have to jump through hoops to convince the members of my own party to participate in a mission.]]\\
'''Vaarsuvius:''' Can anyone endeavor to explain why in the unspoken names of the infernal dimensions we are wasting our precious time at this insignifiant mudhole???
* YouAllMeetInAnInn: Yes, the Order's initial recruitment was held in a tavern, on Elan's insistence, because it is traditional.
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[[folder:Roy Greenhilt]]
!!Roy Greenhilt
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->''"Is that another 'Fighters are dumb' crack?"''

->'''Race:''' Human\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Class:''' Fighter\\
'''Alignment:''' [[LawfulGood Beleaguered Good]] [-(according to the Adventure Game)-]

A very intelligent human warrior with an ancestral sword and a serious problem with his unsupportive father ("Powerful mage, Devoted husband, [[ParentsAsPeople Passable father]]"), Roy is the leader of the Order of the Stick. Deals with copious amounts of stress daily, often due to somewhat... er... [[WithFriendsLikeThese unreliable]] teammates. Sworn to kill Xykon as part of his father's BloodOath.
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* AmazonChaser: Played with. Immediately after realizing that [[ThePaladin Miko]] was female he started hiting on her, but after realizing that she's a {{jerkass}}, he stopped his pursuit just as quickly. Afterwards he started a relationship with the [[NiceGirl much nicer]] ActualPacifist Celia, but she is [[ShockAndAwe by no means weak]] and fights in courts of law.
* AncestralWeapon: He inherited the Greenhilt sword, his Grandfather's greatsword, from which his family owes its name.
* BackFromTheDead: It took quite a bit longer than you'd expect in this kind of world.
* {{Badass}}: Has been able to take on foes despite being seriously outnumbered, and is the leader of [[BadassCrew the Order of the Stick.]] It's also highly likely that he has the best stats in the group, see JackOfAllStats.
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* BadassNormal: No inherent magic whatsoever, in a world where LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards is in full effect.
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* BaldBlackLeaderGuy: Though significantly more snarky than the traditional example.
* BaldOfAwesome: Started shaving his head in fighter college.
* BaldWoman: While under the effect of the [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0235.html Girdle of Femininity/Masculinity]].
* BerserkButton:
** As seen during the first confrontation with Xykon:
--->'''Roy:''' [+ [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0112.html YOU!]] [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0113.html BROKE!]] [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0114.html MY!]] [[PunctuatedForEmphasis SWORD!]] +]
** And also:
--->'''Roy:''' Bad guys not remembering their evil deeds is something of a pet peeve of mine.
* BlackAndNerdy: In college. He was unpopular, studied nearly 24/7 in a library, and was once hung from a flagpole by his underwear. Unusual considering Roy's chosen ''class'' (fighter).
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: [[spoiler:With regard to the main characters, though he got better and a good chunk of the "Don't Split The Party" arc was dedicated to making it happen. When it does, Haley gladly returns to her former position as NumberTwo. All together, the racial aspect of this trope is moot]].
* CallingYourAttacks: "Great Cleave!" Note that this is standard for the setting, though -- calling your attacks is how you make them.
* CameBackStrong: [[spoiler:Roy trains with his dead grandpa during his stay in heaven, and learns a new sword technique when he comes back]].
* CarryABigStick: Temporarily, while his sword was broken.
* {{Catchphrase}}: "NOT THE POINT!"
* ChangedMyMindKid: Roy does this to Elan after the latter is captured by bandits. The inevitable rescue is then hilariously {{subverted}}.
* CharacterDevelopment: Goes from using his teammates as a means to an end to AFatherToHisMen. He also listens to the team more and considers their input before making a decision.
* ChekhovsSkill: Roy learns [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0600.html to time his strikes so a caster's spellcasting fizzles.]] It comes in handy twice, albeit the first time is just a fantasy.
* CombatPragmatist: He's willing to resort to underhanded tactics if his opponent is powerful enough that he can't win a straight fight. During his arena duel with Thog, he uses discarded crossbow bolts and a [[GrievousBottleyHarm potion bottle]] as improvised weapons, [[AHandfulForAnEye chucks a handful of sand into Thog's face to blind him]], and finally wins by goading Thog into collapsing part of the ceiling on himself.
* CoolSword: His grandfather's AncestralWeapon, a greatsword. Now it has been reforged with [[ThunderboltIron Starmetal alloy]] which causes it to [[PowerGlows glow]] with green anti-undead energy.
* DeadpanSnarker: Roy's coping mechanism for the insanity he endures is a near-constant output of sarcasm.
* DeadPersonConversation: With his father, thanks to the spiritual link granted by the Greenhilt sword. When the sword is broken, Roy's just TalkingToTheDead. He doesn't realize it, he just thinks his dad can't be assed to appear to him.
* DeathIsCheap: [[spoiler:Subverted; it takes a long time to resurrect Roy due to Durkon being separated from Roy's corpse. It was also quite expensive on a monetary level, since resurrection requires diamonds]].
* DespairEventHorizon: Very nearly [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0881.html crosses it]] [[spoiler:when Durkon gets vamped]]. ''[[TokenEvilTeammate Belkar]]'' of all people pulls him back. He's still in HeroicBSOD mode, though [[spoiler:until Durkon regains his free will]].
* DiagonalCut:
** Roy against [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0497.html an evil warrior]] in the afterlife -- with "QUARTER" as an UnsoundEffect.
** And again, a perfect Great Cleave inflicted on [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0861.html five mummies]].
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: His Belt of Giant Strength increases his already great strength to superhuman levels.
* FatalFlaw: Not paying enough attention to what's going on around (because of a crappy [[FailedASpotCheck Spot Check]] and lack of Sense Motive) and thinking he knows more about a situation than he actually does. As illustrated in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0362.html "Grand Theft Identity"]].
* AFatherToHisMen: Albeit after some CharacterDevelopment. Before that, he was the only one who refused to rescue Elan from the bandits.
* [[FirstLawOfGenderBending First]], [[SecondLawOfGenderBending Second]] and [[ThirdLawOfGenderBending Third Law of Gender Bending]]: Roy defies all three of them. He isn't stuck as a woman because he removes the belt of gender bending within the arc (an hour tops in-universe), he doesn't act stereotypically feminine while wearing the belt and he doesn't prefer it to his original gender.
* FreudWasRight: [[invoked]] Roy feels [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0308.html diminished]] without his sword.
* FriendToPsychos: Roy is kind of like this to Belkar, even putting in a good word to get the psychopathic halfling out of prison. Although in his case, it's more from realizing that the HeroicComedicSociopath is better off in his charge, where he can keep him "pointed at the bad guys", rather than placing his bets on the idea that any prison can hold Belkar.
* GenderBender: While wearing the Belt of Masculinity/Femininity.
* GeniusBruiser: One wonders how many points this excellent fighter allocated into Int, and how many people who must have given him crap for it at the time are singing a different tune now.
-->'''Roy:''' [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0808.html THAT'S how I use my Intelligence score in combat, DUMBASS!!!]]
* GenreBlind: Usually quite savvy, but he is [[spoiler:being completely manipulated by the High Priest of Hel, as he is so desperate to believe Durkon is OK.]]
* GoodCounterpart:
** Played for laughs when he was pushed into this role for Thog. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0795.html Roy found it offensive]]. Which is a CallBack to [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/ootscast.html The Order of the Stick character page]].
--->'''Roy:''' (''sullenly forced to read dialog'') Grr. Roy smash puny kobolds.
** A more accurate mirror counterpart would be Tarquin, because they are both intelligent fighters and (allegedly) leaders of their team.
* GoodIsNotNice: Make no doubt that he's a heroic character, but he has little tact and initially has a low opinion of his teammates. [[spoiler:Nearly bites him in the ass when confronted by his Celestial Heaven counselor, when she points out that abandoning Elan nearly got him kicked out of Lawful Goodness, and his unconventional methods gave her no qualms about kicking him to Neutral Good.]]
%%* TheHero
* HeroComplex: Julia accuses him of having one, but in truth it's averted as Roy is too pragmatic for that.
* HeroesPreferSwords: Roy is TheHero and the only one in the group to regularly use a greatsword.
* HeroicBSOD: Has one (bordering on the DespairEventHorizon) when [[spoiler:Durkon is killed and enthralled by Malack]]. Surprisingly, it's Belkar of all people who [[QuitYourWhining snaps him out of it]], but Roy is still clearly shaken.
* IAmNotMyFather: He became a fighter for the sole purpose of proving he was different from his wizard father.
* ICallHimMisterHappy: Roy calls it his "Trouser Titan" in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0234.html "The Ultimate Sacrifice"]], while protesting Elan's idea to disguise him as a woman.
-->'''Roy:''' There's no way I'm [[GenderBender saying goodbye to the Trouser Titan]] just so I can fool some lame-ass assassins.\\
'''Elan:''' [[{{Beat}} ...]]You call it the "Trouser Titan?"\\
'''Roy:''' NOT THE POINT!
* IMinoredInTropology: He took goat herding instead of horse-riding because, by his own admission, it was an easy A. He also has cross-class knowledge of engineering and architecture, which comes in useful.
* InterspeciesRomance: With Celia, a sylph.
* JackOfAllStats: Mentally. V outshines him in Intelligence, Durkon outshines him in Wisdom and Haley outshines him in streetsmarts. But his collective Int and Wis are repeatedly shown to be the best in the group and after some character development he learns to see through plenty of guile. He's outright stated to have the stats required to pursue a career as either a Wizard or Cleric. Really, it's not clear whether Roy even ''has'' a DumpStat. He's demonstrably above-average or better in everything but Dexterity, and even that stat shows no signs of being especially low.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He has moments where he's more of a {{Jerkass}}, but the heart of gold is there.
* JokeItem: The Bag of Tricks. It's a bag that fires small animals.
* KnightInSourArmor: He finds himself filling this role more often than he'd like.
* TheLeader: Starts out as just the guy paying the team to go on the quest, but he evolves over time. When he's not around, it's shown very clearly that he's the only thing holding them together.
* LeeroyJenkins: He does this occasionally. His charges usually turn out fairly well. [[spoiler:His ill-fated attack on Xykon isn't an example -- he knows he's outmatched and is as prepared as he reasonably can be]].
* LethalJokeItem: Roy eventually figures out how to use the Bag of Tricks in combat by using the animals as a distraction, and he eventually finds out that there is a ''rhino'' in there. Unfortunately, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard the rhino kinda backfires on him]].
-->'''Roy:''' You know, this bag of tricks isn't so bad once you get the hang of it.
* MadeOfIron: Roy has a lot of hit points.
* ManIFeelLikeAWoman: Averted when Roy dons the Belt of Gender Shifting.
* MeaningfulName: His family got its name from the ancestral sword, which does have a green hilt.
* MistakenForSpecialGuest: Roy is [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0226.html mistaken]] for the King of Nowhere when staying at an inn.
* MoralityChain: To Belkar, in a fashion. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0748.html If Roy weren't capable of knocking him out in one shot]], Belkar would be far more difficult to control.
* NeckLift: Favors this [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0101.html intimidation]] [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0356.html method]] for interrogating {{Mooks}}.
* NoHeroToHisValet: He tends to casually dismiss those he considers to be of no use to him, or those who he deems to have served their function to him.
-->'''[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0329.html Roy:]]''' That's fascinating -- really, it is -- but now that you've fulfilled your story purpose, I find I have no interest in speaking to you any longer.
* NotNowKiddo: Roy brushing off the deva in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0664.html "Down to Earth"]].
* OnlySaneEmployee: Most of his job is to manage the insanity of his party.
* OnlySaneMan: The rest of his job is to act as the foil to everyone elses' antics.
* PhraseCatcher: Subtle, but he has gotten "Stop talking!" from [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0408.html more than]] [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0796.html one]] pissed-off opponent, due to his incessant [[YouFightLikeACow combat banter]].
* RefusingParadise: [[spoiler:Roy enjoys a peaceful afterlife with his family in Celestia. However, upon realizing that his allies have failed to resurrect him on schedule, he rushes off to search for answers]].
* ResurrectionSickness: [[spoiler:Roy lost a level from being resurrected. He also {{faceplant}}s right afterward on his first attempt to walk.]]
-->'''Roy:''' [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0665.html Oh, right. I have to actually move my legs when I'm on this plane.]]\\
'''Celia:''' Don't worry, honey, I make that mistake ALL the time.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: When Xykon [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0112.html breaks his ancestral sword]], Roy [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0113.html loses it]] and [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0114.html attacks the lich barehanded]], throwing him unceremoniously into the Gate protected by the best spells of [[TheArchmage Archmage]] Dorukan.
* RunningGag:
** He makes a reference to the [[ICallHimMisterHappy Trouser Titan]], and someone else says, "You call it the...?"
** "NOT THE POINT!"
* SecularHero: This dialogue shows it:
-->'''[[CelestialBureaucracy Bureaucratic Deva]]:''' Let me ask you something: Why did you never consider becoming a cleric yourself? You have halfway decent Wisdom and Charisma scores, you could have pulled it off.\\
'''Roy:''' Well, this is awkward to say, given [[FluffyCloudHeaven where I am]], but I've never been that religious.\\
I mean. I guess my mom raised me to worship the [[NorseMythology Northern]] [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Gods]], but I always figured as long as I don't actively offend any of them, they'd leave me alone.
* SticksToTheBack: His sword, though he's now got some leather straps on his back he sticks it through.
* StraightMan: Mocked by Belkar in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0411.html "The Power Behind the Throne"]].
* SuperStrength: With the Belt of Giant Strength. In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0951.html #951]], Roy takes over holding a rope that two the ''Mechane'''s crew had just been straining to keep under control. He grips it nonchalantly with one hand, and it doesn't move an inch. Then Belkar mocks him for it:
-->'''Belkar:''' I think this whole "fighter" thing has really gotten in the way of you discovering your true destiny as a wharf.\\
'''Roy:''' I'm going to dance on your grave, you know.\\
'''Belkar:''' (''imitating Roy'') "Xykon, you let my father's skiff drift out with the tide! '''I will avenge it!'''"
* ThunderboltIron: His reforged sword is an [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0297.html alloy]].
* ToBeLawfulOrGood: Virtually always chooses Good over Lawful when pressed, but doesn't fall into NeutralGood by virtue of trying to be both whenever possible.
* {{Tsundere}}: [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0425.html Yes, really.]] He takes three arrows for Elan and immediately downplays it and makes excuses ("It's pure numbers, nothing more!") followed by Elan and Belkar teasing him for "liking" Elan. This would not look out of place in a given anime.
* TheUnchosenOne: Roy eventually takes up the quest to destroy Xykon not because of his father's BloodOath, but simply because Xykon ''needs'' to be stopped.
* UnknownRival: Xykon can barely remember who he is. Redcloak does a better job, but it's not until [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0901.html strip #901]] that he concludes the Order is directly working against them (and neither of them can remember Roy's original motive).
* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler:To the High Priest of Hel.]]
* VetinariJobSecurity: Roy may have trouble keeping the group on a single goal, but it's been conclusively established that he's the only person capable of exerting any level of control over any of them. The ''Recap/DontSplitTheParty'' arc is one long proof of this, but in particular his management of Belkar; without Roy's influence Belkar's [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0489.html projected]] "evilness" (measured in [[AbstractScale kilonazis]] by the archons in charge of the LawfulGood afterlife) would have skyrocketed. When Roy was temporarily killed by Xykon and Haley took over, she had little to no real control over Belkar. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0881.html "Temporary Weakness"]] directly acknowledges this.
* WeaponOfChoice: The Greenhilt family greatsword. He uses a large wooden club for a while when his sword is broken.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Starts out as a straightforward example, but over the series has discarded this motivation in favor of SmallStepsHero. His father's spirit, on the occasions it gets a chance to haunt him, now usually only merits a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.
* WhatTheHellHero:
** After increasingly ignoring his party in favor of trying to get on Miko's good side despite her {{jerkass}}ery, Elan finally [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0231.html confronts]] him in a way that Roy can't simply snark off: He asks him calmly and politely why he's doing that followed by asking if he likes some random rude paladin more than his party.
** [[spoiler:After dying]], a deva [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0488.html calls him out]] for [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0153.html abandoning Elan]] earlier in the strip and says that if he hadn't realized his error he would have been [[spoiler:tossed into the True Neutral afterlife]]. He's also called out for being Belkar's leader despite his clearly evil tendencies, but on this point defends himself competently.
** Subverted when the party is traveling through the desert. A [[Literature/{{Dune}} spice-addled]] Belkar tries calling him out for [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0689.html using him as bait]], but then laughs and admits that he's just joking.
* WhatWouldXDo: Roy is a model of levelheaded, intelligent badassery. Elan, Haley and Durkon all say something like "What would Roy do?" while trying to decide the right course of action.
* WontTakeYesForAnAnswer: Roy does this at least twice.
** During his [[YouAllMeetInAnInn tavern recruitment]] of the party in ''On the Origin of [=PCs=]'', after meeting with a refusal from some thirty adventurers, Roy begins to thank Haley for listening and saying that he understands, before realizing she just accepted to join.
** In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0284.html "Shattered Expectations"]], when the "Being of Pure Law and Good" renders the judgement of the Order's trial for weakening the fabric of the universe, Roy is so much expecting a guilty verdict that he starts saying "{{it has been an honor}}" to the rest of the party, until the words "not guilty" actually register.
* WorthyOpponent: Tarquin eventually decides that Roy is ''too worthy'' [[spoiler:and holding Elan back from being the hero of what Tarquin considers the real story (about Tarquin and Elan), and so needs to die.]]
* WouldNotShootACivilian: Even those enjoying the GladiatorGames.
* WreckedWeapon: In the first book, Xykon breaks Roy's ancestral sword to bits with a ''Shatter'' spell, spurring a whole sidequest to have the weapon reforged.
* YouFightLikeACow: Taunting his opponents is one of his defining character traits.
* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: TropeNamer. Roy says it when [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0171.html receiving compliments]] from Belkar.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Haley Starshine]]
!!Haley Starshine
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->''"Gods, it's frustrating how Lawful you people are!"''

->'''Race:''' Human\\
'''Gender:''' Female\\
'''Class:''' Rogue\\
'''Alignment:''' [[ChaoticGood Chaotic Greedy]] [-(according to the Adventure Game)-], Chaotic Good-ish [-(according to herself)-]

A cute rogue with a motivation for her theft (if she can't come up with enough money, her father faces imprisonment for life). Incredibly neurotic with a very fragmented personality. In a relationship with Elan. By her own admission, "ChaoticGood-ish". She's the second-in-command of the Order of the Stick.
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* ActionGirl: A rogue, to be more specific. She at one point [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0153.html gathers]] the adventuring party to save Elan once he gets kidnapped... and likely would have succeeded were it not for [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0157.html Belkar]].
* AmbidextrousSprite: The position of her loose hair depends on which direction she is facing.
* BackStab: Her obvious choice for dealing damage.
* {{Badass}}: Like everyone else in the Order of the Stick.
%% Putting a trope into a secondary bullet of another trope is against the Examples Indentation rules. Leave BadassNormal at first level, please.
* BadassNormal: No magic but her bags of holding and a couple magic weapons.
* BagOfHolding: Haley thinks one can never have enough extradimensional storage space, and carries a collection of them.
* BareYourMidriff: Though the art style makes it hard to tell at times, her top looks a lot like a leather sports bra. She averts it starting with her resistance leader outfit, and later with her "leather armor" in the Western Continent arc. She later lampshades that it was a poor idea:
-->'''Haley:''' Like dungeon delving with a bare midriff, all I can say is that it seemed like a good idea at the time.
* BiTheWay: Haley has a [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0382.html "Latent Bisexuality"]] alter ego amongst the many fractions of her psyche. She kissed a girl once; more than once.
* CallingTheOldManOut: Haley's reaction when her father [[spoiler:judges Elan to be every bit as evil as his father, General Tarquin, accusing him of spying on her and tricking her into loving him]].
* CallingYourAttacks: "Sneak Attack!"
* CannotSpitItOut: For a ''long'' time.
-->'''Haley:''' Elan... I think I'm in love with y--\\
'''Durkon:''' Cure Critical Wounds!\\
'''Haley:''' ...Ukuleles.
* ChainmailBikini: [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0675.html Haley buys some "leather armor" which is basically just a normal top]] and the trope is lampshaded.
-->'''Haley:''' Four people on the street have accidentally addressed me as "young man" since we got here. I think some flaunting is in order.
* CharacterDevelopment:
** She has become less greedy over time, and got a justification for her greed.
** She has also become more moral, best demonstrated by her attitude towards slavery changing [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0171.html from]] AndThatWouldBeWrong to [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0749.html freeing her host's slaves just because she can]]. This likely ties into her self-description as ChaoticGood-ish as opposed to strictly ChaoticGood. She started out leaning toward ChaoticNeutral, but through CharacterDevelopment is now more solidly ChaoticGood.[[invoked]]
** She has also grown into the role of second-in-command; instead of just using the position to get a bigger share of the loot as she did in the beginning, she now uses her roguish experience to advise Roy on things a Lawful Good fighter might not consider.
* CloudcuckoolandersMinder: She's the one to take this role most often with Elan, both before and after they're in a relationship. She knows him well enough to [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0675.html include an "Elan tax" in the shopping budget.]]
* CoolBigSis: She tried to invoke the "big-sister-bonding thing" with Bandana concerning sudden promotions to leadership.
* CombatPragmatist: Haley has no problem fighting ''very'' dirty. For example, [[spoiler:she ambushed Crystal as she was in the shower, catching her without her weapons, armor, and protective jewelry, and killed her while she was stunned on the floor]].
* CovertPervert: Not above [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0088.html taking advantage of a discount Invisibility Sphere to grope Elan]]. Or seeing what Elan's charisma is worth [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0028.html "under the hood"]]. Also the first party member to notice the phallic symbolism of a [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0690.html Gigantic Purple Worm]]. After she and Elan hook up, the "covert" part goes out the window.
* CypherLanguage: She was afflicted with this for a while and several jokes were made at characters attempting to translate it.
* DarknessVonGothickname: When she was a teenager, she went through a {{Goth}} phase and called herself "Dark Mistress Shadowgale".
* {{Fanservice}}: She parodies this in the prequel. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0752.html And later plays it as straight as one can with the comic's art style]].
* FemaleMisogynist: For some reason, Haley rarely gets along for very long with other women, either good (Miko, Celia) or evil (Crystal, Sabine, Samantha, Tsukiko -- she jokes once she's always fighting "flying skanks"). There are exceptions, however, as she's best friend with Vaarsuvius (whose gender is unclear, though) and seems to have no problem with Niu (in Azure City) or Jenny (in the backstory), and later Bandana. So maybe it's more of a case of only meeting women whose personalities clash with hers. She does recognize this trait of hers and tries to move beyond it by the 7th arc:
-->'''Haley:''' Well, historically speaking, it was either that, or we try to murder each other while hurling offensively gender-charged insults.
* FieryRedhead: Haley sure can be fiery, but she's downplayed: she suffers from considerable self-loathing and feels it necessary to hide her true feelings much of the time, believing people wouldn't like her if they really knew her.
* FleshToStone: [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0789.html Looks like she blew the saving throw]].
* GenreSavvy: Almost everyone in the comic is, but Haley is particularly so. She has a history of figuring out everything from the plans of bad guys, (seeing through Xykon's would be shell game) to noticing signs of deeper plots, (she was immediately suspicious when the Azure City unconditionally found the Order not guilty of blowing up Dorukan's Dungeon) or who is going to be evil. (She notably called Sabine and Tarquin as being bad news.)
* GiveMeBackMyWallet: Except that she turns the tables by picking the pickpockets' pockets.
-->'''Haley:''' Seriously, Durkon, if you're going to get your pocket picked in every town we visit, at least try to attract higher-leveled thieves. Twelve silver pieces and some string is a waste of my talents.
* GodivaHair: Haley takes advantage of the PowerPerversionPotential of magical cosmetics: [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0752.html "Picking Locks"]].
* GoodCounterpart: To Sabine (fiendish NumberTwo) and Crystal (an assassin with a knife and less intelligence).
* {{Goth}}: As a teenager, she was the gloomy, rebellious kind.
* {{Greed}}: Haley's initial personality, though she does receive character development and a real need to collect a lot of money. Although she still really likes money, and has an obsessive desire to polish it.
* HateAtFirstSight: The flashback of her first encounter with Crystal strongly hints at this. And that it was reciprocated.
* HeroicBSOD: She was hit with this early in the series after several craploads of her loot were utterly destroyed in an explosion. [[spoiler:Afterwards, she gets an episode of CypherLanguage (see above), and finally learns to get over her abandonment issues and openly admit her feelings for Elan, the shouting of which cured her]].
* HyperspaceArsenal: She doesn't carry a quiver. When Roy is handed her bow and he asks Elan where she keeps her arrows, he says "I dunno. [[LampshadeHanging They just sort of appear in her hand when she needs one]]." Haley proceeds to complain to Roy about not following WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief.
* ImportantHaircut: In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0610.html "You're It"]], but latter defied by [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0752.html "Picking Locks"]] where she uses magical cosmetics to grow her hair back. Like many other things, the trope is discussed: Elan thought the haircut was supposed to symbolize character development but Haley says it was just a stupid haircut.
* ImpossibleThief: In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0649.html "It's a Shame She Didn't Grab That Script While She Was There"]], Haley steals a diamond from ''[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/ootscast.html the cast page]]'', resulting in said diamond replaced with an [=IOMe=] (it's not an IOU because Haley stole it ''from herself'').
* InSeriesNickname: Her WantedPoster mentions she's also known as "Mistress Nightengale" [sic] or "The Red Blur".
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Does this to her rival Crystal. [[AllThereInTheManual A bonus scene]] in ''Don't Split the Party'' gives her a better justification for this.
* TheLancer: Haley Starshine is the official NumberTwo and is a greedy thief to contrast the duty-bound warrior. She eventually becomes his advisor on devious lines of thought.
* LoveableRogue: Yes, she's a rogue, and would you dare say she isn't loveable?
* MaamShock: "I'm not old! I'm 24! That's not old! [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0168.html Twenty! Four!]]"
* MagicWand: Pilfers three of them from [[spoiler:Z's body]]. As a rogue with Use Magic Device, she can probably use them.
* MakingLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: Haley and Elan once have sex on the back of a giant purple worm. She implies that its phallic shape turned her on.
* MiserAdvisor: Justified by [[spoiler:the ransom she needs to gather to free her father]]. Although she's still plain old greedy too, as fitting for a rogue.
* MissingMom: Mia Starshine died when Haley was very young.
* MoneyFetish: Elan mentions that she wanted to do it on top of a pile of gold coins.
* MsFanservice: Her brief nude scenes reveal quite the rack.
* MrViceGuy: Haley is the most common version, since she's always looking for ways to get more loot from adventuring, but won't sabotage saving the world to satisfy her greed.
* {{Multishot}}: She has the appropriate feat.
* NeverSayThatAgain: Never tell her that treasure isn't that important.
* NumberTwo: She manipulated Roy into giving her the position for a greater share of the treasure. It backfires when in Roy's absence she finds herself actually in formal charge of the Order. While she struggles when in charge and is relieved to relinquish the role on Roy's return, she's gradually growing into the position of second-in-command and advisor.
* OnlySaneMan: Took over this role in Roy's absence and did not like it one bit.
* OtherMeAnnoysMe: Haley's mental projections.
* PlatonicLifePartners or HeterosexualLifePartners: She and Vaarsuvius have always been extremely close, with Haley only ever agreeing to share a room with V until she and Elan became a couple.
* PowerOfTrust: She has this in Elan, in spite of her father's strenous objections.
* RainbowPimpGear: Consciously averted. "...so the Boots of Speed were totally powerful, but they were, like, lime green." [[spoiler:[[BrickJoke A later arc]] reveals that she held on to them and got a craftsman to dye them a more suitable color]].
* RapunzelHair: Haley gets this in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0752.html "Picking Locks"]] after overcompensating for her short haircut before.
* RebelLeader: After the timeskip, before handing that role off to Thanh.
%%* RedHeadedHero
* RefugeInAudacity: She steals two of Belkar's potions to heal Elan. When Belkar accuses her, she guilt trips him about being prejudiced.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: "[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0765.html Screw that, I'm just flat-out ignoring Roy right now]]."
* SillyRabbitCynicismIsForLosers: Grows out of this trope thanks to Elan's influence and becomes more optimistic and trusting.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Her love for Elan, as she [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0772.html explains to her father]]: She loves him because he is so pure and good.
* SlipknotPonytail: Happens to her during a trap search (along with WardrobeMalfunction).
* SlippedTheRopes: She clearly has ranks in both escape artist and use rope, meaning tying her up is doomed to failure.
-->'''Gannji:''' Wait, weren't you tied up a moment ago?\\
'''Haley:''' That was a moment ago.
* TheSnarkKnight: Mistress Shadowgale, a.k.a. Haley's Self-Loathing Alter Ego.
-->'''Mistress Shadowgale:''' Gods, I hate you all.
* TheSneakyGuy: As is fitting for a rogue.
* {{Spoonerism}}: While drunk:
-->'''Haley:''' I'm gonna sit on this spin until the room stops chairing.
* SticksToTheBack: Her bow.
* StreetSmart: Required to survive Greysky City for any length of time, so her dad made sure she was.
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: "SNEAK ATTACK -- BITCH!"
* TimeToStepUpCommander: [[spoiler:After Roy's death.]]
* TrickArrow:
** After getting an Icy Burst Bow.
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0858.html Also used to counter Tarquin's Snatch Arrows feat]].
* UnConfession: In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0184.html "Hawaiian Love"]], Haley, seriously wounded and apparently not expecting to live, starts to tell Elan that she loves him. She's interrupted by Durkon healing her wounds.
* WantedPoster: Shown in ''On the Origins of [=PCs=]'' (as a resume).
* WeaksauceWeakness: Averted, but Crystal is under the mistaken impression that Haley is lethally vulnerable to pickles. Just to be clear: Crystal is dumber than a post.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Elan]]
!!Elan
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->''"♪ Bluff, Bluff, Bluff, Bluff the stupid ogre! ♪"''

->'''Race:''' Human\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Class:''' Bard/Dashing Swordsman\\
'''Alignment:''' [[ChaoticGood Foolish Good]] [-(according to the Adventure Game)-]

A fairly dim but highly charismatic bard with an idiosyncratic thought process and only a slight effect in battle, although the latter has been mitigated after he took his first level in Dashing Swordsman. Can be extremely slow on the uptake.
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* AchievementsInIgnorance: In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0558.html "Sort of Like a Reverse Psion"]], Daigo comments that Elan is more useful the less he understands what's going on. Durkon agrees, and adds that Elan has "ignorance" as a class power source.
* AndThisIsFor: A subtle one to Tarquin, telling him that [[spoiler:[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0936.html he's not a twin anymore]]]] before letting him drop from the airship.
* BadLiar: Haley explains.
-->'''Haley:''' No offense, but you literally can't bluff to save your life. In fact, I think your bluffs usually endanger your life in new and exciting ways.
* TheBard: His character class. He talks about story conventions and has a bard spell called "summon plot exposition".
* BeyondTheImpossible: In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0794.html strip #794]], Elan seduces a ''succubus''. As in, you know, a demon who is, by her own admission, an evil incarnation of illict sex. Then he apologizes to [[spoiler:[[ItMakesSenseInContext Tiny Stone Haley]]]].
* BigDamnHeroes: One of his Dashing Swordsman class features lets him sense where to go to dramatically save the day, and ensures that he always arrives there just in the nick of time.
* BrainlessBeauty: He's considered very attractive in-universe, even if the "beauty" part is difficult to tell thanks to the art style. Fairly unusual as a male example, especially among sympathetic protagonists.
* BumblingSidekick: To Roy until the party got split, and even moreso to Sir François in ''On the Origin of [=PCs=]''.
* CallingTheOldManOut: Dishes one out when [[spoiler:Tarquin orders Roy, Durkon, and Belkar killed to "bring order" to his and Elan's narrative.]]
-->'''Elan:''' You're wrong. You're wrong about everything. You only ''think'' you know what's supposed to happen. But ''we'' get to decide what sort of story this is and what role we play-- hero or comic relief. [[TakeAThirdOption Or both at the same time.]]
* CannotKeepASecret: It's a good thing the rest of the Order usually keeps an eye on him, because Elan is very bad at keeping secrets.
-->'''Haley:''' A secret kind of quest.\\
'''Elan:''' Yeah, we need to find this guy, Girard Draketooth, and tell him that--\\
'''Haley:''' Elan!! What part of "secret" do you not understand?\\
'''Elan:''' The part where I don't tell other people, obviously.
* CargoCult:
** Worships his hand puppet, Banjo. Due to the way divinity works in the Stickverse, Banjo ''actually is'' a (very weak) god, thanks to the fact that Elan worships him.
** Elan has also persuaded a tribe of orcs to worship Giggles, a second hand puppet who is Banjo's brother and rival (this presumably empowers Banjo as well), and indicated the possible existence of Banjuhlu (Banjo with an illusion on him giving him face tentacles).
* ChaoticStupid: Averted; Elan is ChaoticGood and Stupid separately (and has been working on the "Stupid" part... more or less).
* CharacterDevelopment: Elan is not so much a dimwit now as at the start, but is still a Ditz nevertheless.
** Really underscored in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0889.html issue #889]]; in the early days of the comic, if Elan was the one to break the party out of an illusion, he'd most likely do it by being TooDumbToFool. Here, he has developed enough to realise that his dreams are "childish, unrealistic and completely unlikely", including outright calling his father and brother on the fact that they are evil, hateful people who will never be able to be a proper family to him. Thus he convinces the others by pointing out the plot holes in their own dreams, like how they apparently beat Xykon but never went on to break up Tarquin's empire.
** Another very pointed example is the contrast between [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0069.html early comic #69]] and [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0936.html way later, #936]]. In both situations, Elan has an opportunity to SaveTheVillain, but makes different choices. In the latter, Elan even explains the similarities and differences to the villain in question, highlighting what he's learned.
* CheerfulChild: Despite being at least 21 years old.
%% Males cannot be the chick. Fast Eddie said so.
* ChickMagnet: It's been [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0028.html stated outright]] that he has 18 Charisma (the normal maximum at character creation). Indeed, Elan initially considered this part of his job description and did not understand why Haley didn't care for it.
* ChildhoodBrainDamage: A flashback explains Elan being TheDitz as a result of his brother [[EvilTwin Nale]] continually DopeSlap-ing him when they were babies.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: He has had many strange ideas (such as "naked = invisible"), and his GenreSavvy comes across as inane babbling.
* ComedyAsAWeapon: Elan's moves as a Dashing Swordman gain more power if he makes a pun while attacking.
* CompanionCube: Elan worships Banjo the Clown, his own hand-puppet.
* ConsultingMisterPuppet: Averted. While Elan worships his puppet, Banjo, he never believes Banjo can speak (barring the intervention of orcish ninjas).
* ContractualGenreBlindness:
** In spite of being as GenreSavvy as he is (in that, since [[spoiler:[[NeverFoundTheBody Nale's corpse was never found]], Elan knew that he must have still been alive]]), he acted surprised to find that [[spoiler:[[NoOneCouldSurviveThat Nale was, indeed, alive]]]], but only ''because'' protagonists in a position like his are always surprised at such a revelation.
--->'''Nale:''' But... if you know that then how can you be surprised... Why didn't you realize that thinking [[spoiler:I was dead]] was... I mean... Gah! I'm giving myself a migraine trying to understand the level of wilful ignorance that requires!\\
'''Elan:''' First blood: ELAN!
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0670.html If Elan were like other bards, he would have avoided telling Haley the story of Therkla]] in order to {{invoke|dTrope}} RuleOfDrama by causing [[PoorCommunicationKills misunderstandings]].
* DespairEventHorizon: Briefly brought to the brink when he's half-[[DidYouActuallyBelieve goaded]], half-{{Brainwashed}} (specifically, under the effects of Suggestion) by Nale into thinking Haley is TheMole, and almost kills her over it.
* DisorganizedOutlineSpeech: We can't really not mention the epic one he gives just before the battle of Azure City.
-->'''Elan:''' [[Theatre/JuliusCaesar Friends, Azurites, countrymen, lend me your ears]]. [[Film/RobinHoodMenInTights Not literally, because ewww. I mean, that would be disgusting.]]\
And messy. And since you'd just be lending them, we'd have to figure out how to reattach them all, and that'd be a lot of work.\\
Today, we stand here on the wall, preparing to defend this city from the forces of evil. And probably chaos, too.\\
[[Theatre/HenryV We few, we happy few, we band of brothers]]. And sisters. Definitely also sisters, they are part of the band too. [[Music/TheWhiteStripes I think they play drums]].\\
[[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings A day may come when the courage of men (and women) fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day]].\\
And if the battle lasts through tomorrow, it's not that day either.\\
It may or may not be the day after that, I'm not sure. Still too early to tell.\\
But in case it's not that day, or it is that day but the battle is already over so it doesn't matter, I want you to remember this:\\
[[Film/{{Patton}} No one ever won a war by dying for their country]]. They won by making the other guy die for his country. Which still applies even though hobgoblins don't live in countries.\\
They live in caves, I think. So make them die for their caves. Which, admittedly, sounds a lot less heroic than dying for your country.\\
But today will be the day when Azure City declared in one voice, "[[Film/IndependenceDay We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight!]]"\\
And the fact that it rhymes does not make it any less true!\\
We'll stand here together and tell our enemies that [[{{Film/Braveheart}} they may take our lives...]]\\
'''[[Film/{{Braveheart}} But they will never take our freedom!]]'''\\
(''acclaims'')\\
Unless... unless they kill us, then animate the dead corpses as zombies to fight for them. Then I suppose they've taken our lives AND our freedom.\\
(''{{beat panel}}'')\\
''♪ Fight, fight, fight, fight the-- ♪''\\
'''Random Azurite Soldier:''' You suck!
* DesignatedVictim: As noted below, he usually is the one to end up in a hostage situation, most often due to his brother Nale. Ironically enough, it's usually [[ActionGirl Haley]] that tries to save him.
* DistressedDude: Happens often enough he lampshades it:
-->'''Elan:''' I wonder if I qualify for some sort of hostage-based prestige class by now...
* TheDitz: Initially, he was spacey, dimwitted and thought that singing could improve a Move Silently check. This changed when Character Development toned it down.
* DumbassHasAPoint: Happens a few times.
-->'''Haley:''' Am I drunk enough yet that later, I won't remember [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0747.html getting out-logicked by Elan?]]
* DumbassNoMore: Post-timeskip he's gone from TheDitz to something between a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} and a GeniusDitz.
* DumbIsGood: His lack of knowledge and common sense is a running gag, and he happens to be the nicest member of the group. Also played for laughs when he knows something the others don't.
* DumpStat: Intelligence and Wisdom (they're getting better, though).
* EvilTwin: Nale
* EyepatchAfterTimeSkip: [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0502.html Invoked and parodied]]. He wore an eyepatch because it was customary to do so after a timeskip and it made him look firece. Hinjo told him to take it off.
* TheFace: He's highly charismatic and once talked a female enemy into a HeelFaceTurn. Roy invokes this trope when the group needs to talk to someone, like the teenage goblin in the first arc.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: When he believes that [[spoiler:his father]] is going to kill him his only request was that he "stab him in one of the less hurty organs".
* FaceDoodling: He does it to Roy while the latter is paralyzed by poison.
* TheFool: Elan plays with this trope in many directions depending on the strip; foolish, insightful, lucky, etc.
* ForHappiness: Elan and his mother both always try their best to live up to this trope. When he gets a chance to ask the all-knowing Oracle of Sunken Valley a question, his is merely: "Will there be a happy ending?"
* GeniusDitz: Primarily due to being GenreSavvy.
* GenreSavvy: Although he's been [[WrongGenreSavvy mistaken]] sometimes, he has a general idea of what's going on. Also occasionally suffers from ContractualGenreBlindness, as {{lampshade|Hanging}}d and, in the process, {{Defied|Trope}} (when it gives Nale a headache) in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0793.html "Critical Thinking"]].
* GoodAngelBadAngel: In addition to Chaotic Angel and Lawful Angel.
* GoodCounterpart: To his own brother [[spoiler:and father]].
* GoYeHeroesGoAndDie: His rousing speech prior to the Battle of Azure City.
* HairAntennae: Shared by his [[EvilTwin brother]] [[spoiler:and father]].
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Blond-haired, and far and away the most sweet and innocent member of the Order of the Stick.
* HammyHerald: For Sir François in ''On the Origin of [=PCs=]''. Including when it's wholly inapropriate, like while entering a BadGuyBar.
-->'''Elan:''' Behold, {{wretched hive}} [[Film/ANewHope of scum and villainy]]! The noble Sir François is here!\\
Your days of seedy backroom dealings and poor personnal hygiene are at an end, for he is here to wash this corrupt city clean!\\
He is much like a giant scrub in that respect. He also has bristles -- again, like a scrub brush.\\
However, he is not easily held in one's hand and used to scrub cutlery, so that's one way he is different. I'm sure I can think of other ways.\\
'''Sir François:''' Um, Elan?\\
'''Elan:''' Yes, oh vanquisher of unpleasantness?\\
'''Sir François:''' Yeah, see, the thing is that this was supposed to be a low-profile visit.\\
'''Elan:''' Oh! I can fix that!\\
Attention, scum and villainy! If at all possible, please ignore the dashing and righteous Sir François as he goes about his business of making a few Gather Information checks regarding your illicit activities, to better shut them down at a later date.
* HappilyEverAfter: [[spoiler:Elan's fate, according to the Oracle]].
* HealingHands: Has the spell Mass Cure Light Wounds from his latest bard level. Post-Empire of Blood, he decides to take on a "backup healer" role and picks up Cure Critical Wounds.
* TheHeart: Referred to as such by Durkon. He's more heroic than anyone else and very likable. Even [[TokenEvilTeammate Belkar likes him]].
* HeroesWantRedheads: Takes him a while to notice, but he eventually ends up in a relationship with Haley.
* HeroWithAnFInGood: Sometimes because he's TheDitz (to the point at which Roy briefly abandons him to his fate) and sometimes because he's ''too'' GenreSavvy.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: His obliviousness to [[spoiler:his father, Tarquin,]] being evil. This isn't so much a case of Elan's ditziness as it is WrongGenreSavvy -- Elan mistakes ruthlessness for the well-intentioned pragmatism displayed by Roy. Also, he understandably loves/trusts [[spoiler:his father]], and the affection is mutual despite [[spoiler:his father's]] [[CardCarryingVillain Card-Carrying Villainy]].
* HurricaneOfPuns: Required by the Dashing Swordsman class feature. {{Lampshaded}} by Tarquin when he tells Julio that Elan's vocabulary is terrible.
* IdiotBall: He grabs it whenever it has the potential to be funnier.
* IdiotHero: He sure is an idiot, and he tries very hard to be a hero. Maybe not as bad since he TookALevelInBadass, but he still has some cringe-worthy moments.
* IllNeverTellYouWhatImTellingYou: A good one from ''On the Origin of [=PCs=]'':
-->'''Elan:''' Sir, I'm not about to tell an innkeep I just met about the priceless antique shield Sir François carries, or the pouch of rare gems he keeps hidden in his saddlebags, of his purse filled with platinum pieces that he hides in his left boot when he sleeps.
%% IncrediblyLamePun redirect to Pun.
* InformedAttractiveness: He's a stick figure character that doesn't look much different than any other, and yet has multiple girls flirting with him.
* InsaneTrollLogic: See InvisibleStreaker below.
* InstantIceJustAddCold: When V "accidentally" encases him in ice, for [[StopHelpingMe helping]] with [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0041.html a concentration check]].
* InvisibleStreaker: Attempted inverted invocation. Elan tries to be this when he thinks that because wearing heavy armor makes you less stealthy, wearing less armor will make you stealthier and [[NakedPeopleAreFunny being naked will make you invisible]].
* ItsTheBestWhateverEver: Elan has a habit of saying this, usually shortly before the other shoe drops.
* LeetLingo: Parodied in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0696.html "Still a Long Way to Go"]]. V assures Roy that there will be a proofing stage for Elan's message.
* TheLoad: At the beginning of the comic many jokes were made about his uselessness. Until he TookALevelInBadass, Roy compared adventuring with him to adventuring with syphilis. He leans toward TheMillstone when his music keeps making things worse, and especially when he blew up Dorukan's Dungeon.
* LoverNotAFighter: Initially because he's a bard. Then he becomes a Dashing Swordsman, a prestige class that lets him use his Charisma as his primary attack stat.
%% There is NO "LukeIAmYourFather", see the Tarquin entry.
* MadLibsCatchPhrase: "[[MagicMusic X, X, X, X the Y!]]"
* ManChild: It's a running gag from Elan to display behavior fitting more with a not-so-bright kid than an adult. Notably, Roy has to baby-sit Elan, fixing at what time he could go to sleep for example. When [[spoiler:reunited with his father, Tarquin, he spends a full day enjoying the Empire of Blood equivalent to kiddy rides]].
* MasterOfIllusion: "Master" is a bit generous, but Illusion is Elan's favored school of magic and the one he most relies on when he remembers to use his bardic spells.
* MeaningfulName: Elan -- "enthusiasm"/"liveliness".
* MetaGuy: GenreSavvy is his only form of useful intelligence, and after he takes a level in Dashing Swordsman, he derives his new powers from adventure tropes.
* {{Metaphorgotten}}: A frequent trait of his, especially when giving speeches.
* MoralityPet: Acts as this towards Haley.
* MrExposition: Most often through song, and with the addition of illusory magic to provide illustrations.
* MusicForCourage: A bard skill. He has varying success, though not for lack of trying.
* MySignificanceSenseIsTingling: Sometimes, as a result of his Genre Savviness.
-->'''Elan:''' ...Hey, did anyone else get that foreboding feeling just now?
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: "I'm invisible!"
* NiceGuy: See TheHeart. He's solidly "good" on the character alignment. [[spoiler:So much so, when Nale is killed by Tarquin, he screams an anguished, "NALE!!!" Keep in mind, Elan ''despises'' Nale at this point -- but he's still his brother.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The others have to call him on his stupid choices sometimes, especially Roy after the destruction of Dorukan's dungeon.
* NobleShoplifter:
** After escaping the Cliffport prison, he leaves a note of excuse in the clothes shop he's stealing from (since he doesn't have any money at all).
** Later, he leaves gold after getting a new lute while fleeing Azure City.
* OddFriendship: He gets along well with Thog, the evil and dimwitted barbarian.
* OnlyOneName: Like his brother and father.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: In combat, he lacks the physical power of Roy or Belkar and while he can do spells, he isn't capable of V's firepower or healing as well as Durkon. He's perfectly fine with this.
-->'''Elan:''' I don't know why everyone complains about being overshadowed in combat. I always found it very relaxing.
* PickedLast: Elan is picked last when the party splits. Even when there was ''nobody else left to pick'', Roy still didn't want to pick him.
* ThePowerOfActing: The Dashing Swordsman class is like playing the role of a movie style ActionHero in real life.
* PrestigeClass: Dashing Swordman. He's the only party member to take a prestige class (though he needed it most).
* ProtectorBehindBars: The danger Haley is in really inspires him to break out of jail.
* {{Pun}}s: His Dashing Swordsman prestige class allows him to add his huge Charisma bonus to damage as long as he makes one of these with each attack.
* QuirkyBard: Elan's the prototype before taking a prestige class... and often afterwards as well.
* RealityEnsues:
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0004.html When trying to help Roy bluff an ogre, he warns the ogre that they are bluffing]].
** Haley has to remind him that singing can't ever improve moving silently.
* RousingSpeech: Spoofed in Elan's speech prior to the battle for Azure City. He quotes a number of famous speeches, goes off in a tangent and then tries to his use bardic music.
* RoyalRapier: His weapon of choice, although he's lost a few. His silver rapier was given to him by [[TheObiWan Julio Scoundrél]] [[spoiler:and sundered by his father]].
* RuleOfDrama: He mostly follows it, though he also knows [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0670.html when to avert it]]. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0938.html Stories are fun, but they aren't worth hurting people over]].
* RunningGag: His bard songs making things worse instead of helping. Lampshaded by Belkar.
* SarcasmBlind: Though Elan is slowly getting a better grasp of sarcasm, it's still hit-or-miss for him.
* ShatteringTheIllusion: [[spoiler:He's the first to realize the party was stuck in a LotusEaterMachine after descending Girard's pyramid, and subsequently assists the party in breaking out of it.]]
* ShipperOnDeck: In book 4, he thinks Lien and Hinjo need to repopulate the paladin race.
* TheSocialExpert: He tries to be this... but most of his attempts backfire.
* SomethingThatBeginsWithBoring: Elan with Roy, while waiting in the dragon's cave.
* TheSquire: Formerly the squire of a paladin, Sir François, who ditched Elan due to his constant incompetence.
* SuperWindowJump / SoftGlass: His Dashing Swordsman PrestigeClass gives him immunity against damage from shattered glass, so he's taken a liking to glass-breaking dramatism.
* TemptingFate: GenreSavvy enough to become worried when someone invokes {{Retirony}}, for example.
* ThereWasADoor: Elan prefers to jump through windows even when doors are present, because his Prestige Class gives him immunity against damage from shattered glass. And because it's dramatic. At one point he specifically jumps through the window because they had left the door open, so he couldn't burst through it dramatically like everybody else.
* TookALevelInBadass: A quite literal example of this trope. Dashing Swordsman hugely improved his effectiveness because its power is based on his high Charisma.
* UpbringingMakesTheHero: Pointed out in an early strip, where Elan's happy childhood with his sweet, loving mother is responsible for turning him into the good-hearted lovable goofball he is, while his brother's father turned him into a miserable sociopath. [[spoiler:As he grieves over his brother, he laments that while Nale may have deserved what he got, he might have been no better if their positions were reversed. While we know this isn't ''quite'' true, since Nale was whacking Elan when they were babies, it's still a powerful moment.]]
-->'''Elan:''' [[spoiler:He was your SON! Not a plot element! And if he was kind of a crappy person, it's because YOU made him that way!]]
* WanderingMinstrel: He's a bard; his understanding of [[{{Tropes}} fictional devices]] is part of what gives him power.
* WeaponOfChoice: A rapier.
* WhatTheHellHero: [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Does this to V for]] [[spoiler:[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0596.html disintegrating Kubota]]]].
-->'''Elan:''' (''to Vaarsuvius'') [[SarcasmMode Wow, V, you're absolutely right]]. It's ''totally cool'' for us to go around killing people. As long as it make it more convenient for us, why worry? I mean, it's not as if knowing that we need to ''lie about it to the [[LawfulGood paladin]]'' is a good indication that it may be the wrong idea.\\
'''[[MasterOfIllusion Illusion]]![[TokenEvilTeammate Belkar]]:''' I honestly don't see any problem with that plan. Rock on, elf buddy!
* WhatWouldXDo: When forced to think for himself, his default tactic seems to be "work out what Roy would say".
* WithCatlikeTread: Elan is spectacularly bad at stealth, as shown in the strip when he '''[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0090.html ROLLS A 4!]]''' on his Move Silently check, and when Haley has to remind him that singing to encourage his companions to move silently across the battlefield is counterproductive. The one time he managed to use stealth effectively, he immediately snuck back into the bandit camp he'd just escaped from because he felt it was his duty as a bard to seduce the bandit queen.
* YouFightLikeACow: It's part of his Dashing Swordsman skillset, but he hasn't exactly mastered this move yet. Although he did quite well during his battle with Nale just after getting the Dashing Swordsman class.
-->'''Nale:''' We're identical twins, you idiot! You just insulted yourself!\\
'''Elan:''' Really? 'cause you seem to have a couple more holes in you right now.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Vaarsuvius]]
!!Vaarsuvius
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->''"I require a reminder as to why raining arcane destruction is not an appropriate response to all of life's indignities. Quickly, please, before they are out of range."''

->'''Race:''' Elf\\
'''Gender:''' Unknown\\
'''Class:''' Wizard (evoker)\\
'''Alignment:''' [[TrueNeutral Arrogant Neutral]] [-(according to the Adventure Game)-]

An [[InsufferableGenius intelligent, if condescending]], [[OurElvesAreBetter elf]] [[SquishyWizard wizard]] of [[AmbiguousGender undefined gender]]. Extremely skilled in the arcane arts, and the most powerful member of the Order (as frequently stated in-universe: casters are overpowered). Deeply dislikes Belkar; the feeling is mutual, and the two tend to play near-lethal pranks on one another. Has received a lot of attention during a rather controversial semi-solo arc that resulted in even more alignment confusion and much CharacterDevelopment.
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%%* ActionMom: Even V's kids refer to their parents simply as "Parent".
* AmbiguousGender: [[WordOfGod Word of the Giant]] is that no-one is sure what V's gender is, not even him. If anyone (including Rich himself) says it, they should be assumed to be guessing.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Kyrie's gender is as unclear as V's and their children are adopted, and [[spoiler:the background to V's transformation includes a pink triangle]]. No word on whether ''that'' is intentional. Approached at a convention on the subject, [[WordOfGod Word of the Giant]] was that Vaarsuvius' sexual orientation is [[spoiler:not going to be revealed prior to V's gender]].
* AGodAmI: The IFCC warn V that the Soul-Spice's side effects include "feelings of omnipotence" and indeed (s)he soon believes that (s)he can solve all the party's problems single-handily. Disabusing the elf of this notion is part of Xykon's TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:When the Fiends call in their deal, Vaarsuvius' and Blackwing's souls are separated from their bodies and dragged down to Hell, where they're kept in restraints and forced to watch what's going on in the mortal plane.]]
* AndThatWouldBeWrong: TropeNamer. Namely, blowing people up over social problems.
* AndYourLittleDogToo: Familicide, courtesy of Haerta Bloodsoak. What is "Familicide", you ask? It's an epic-level necromancy spell that instantly kills everyone you're related to and everyone ''they're'' related to. ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill.
* AntiHero: V, despite hating Belkar, has come close to this due to her/his easily-offended personality, especially after making a [[spoiler:[[DealWithTheDevil Deal with a Devil, a Demon, and a Daemon, actually]] to save her/his family]].
* TheAtoner: After [[spoiler:the incident with the fiends and Xykon. And again, after learning that the Familicide spell (s)he used to kill the black dragons has wiped out the Draketooths, and anyone related to them]].
* {{Badass}}: Easily ''the'' most powerful member of the Order, at least [[VancianMagic as long as s/he has spells remaining]].
* BadassBoast: Vaarsuvius turns a statement of fact into one of these when fighting Laurin:
-->'''Laurin:''' I can counter every spell you have left, so why don't you save yourself the pain and--\\
'''Vaarsuvius:''' I have in excess of twenty-five spells remaining. [[CherryTapping Not counting cantrips]].
* BadassBookworm: Basically the definition of a wizard. Note that V became an adventurer to get more XP for spell research.
* BadDreams: Or rather, Bad Trance Memories, complete with the CatapultNightmare. [[spoiler:Azure City soldiers beg V for help only to be slaughtered while the elf hides behind a invisiblity spell.]]
* BalefulPolymorph: Spent several comics turned into a small purple lizard.
* BerserkButton: Do ''not'' question Vaarsuvius's magic skills, [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0677.html call V a Warlock]], or threaten the elf's family. Gods help you if you threaten the family. In fact, gods help ''your'' family and ''extended'' family too.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Backing up the embattled Order against Tarquin's army.]] ''Stoneskin'', ''Fireball'', ''Wall of Fire''.
* BreakTheHaughty: With a lot of salt being rubbed into the wound. Continued in a ''very'' literal fashion when V [[spoiler:decides to [[TooDumbToLive take on Xykon single-handedly]]]].
* BrokenPedestal: Vaarsuvius breaks Elan's pedestal when V [[spoiler:casually disregards Therkla's death]]. According to [[WordOfGod Word of the Giant]], Elan could have gotten over V's disintegrating of Kubota, but the attitude to [[spoiler:Therkla]] was a step too far.
* BroughtDownToNormal: What do you get if you put a powerful elven arcane spellcaster inside a sphere of AntiMagic? A fragile, pointy-eared monkey.
* ByronicHero: (S)he has a troubled backstory, a cranky personality, and yet still helps Roy after the contract was ripped up. However, V completely lacks the charisma associated with this trope.
* CallingYourAttacks: It is justified, since in this world, a wizard has to say the spell's name in order to properly perform it. Subverted on occasion, as Vaarsuvius has both shouted out spell names for spells not prepared, and produced the effects of a spell without casting [[spoiler:-- in this case, describing the effect of Sleep put the monsters to sleep]].
* CantArgueWithElves: Try arguing with Vaarsuvius. Haley basically [[DopeSlap smacked V on the head]] after one too many "And the problem with that would be...?" replies in ''On the Origin of [=PCs=]''.
* CharmPerson: Suggestion, Charm and Dominate spells form part of V's arsenal, and are typically employed if an opponent cannot be blasted with evocations for whatever reason.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Sometimes has trouble with the concept that wizards aren't all-powerful gods of destruction compared to the non-magic using classes.
-->'''Vaarsuvius:''' Thrice-cursed Spell Resistance! It's almost like the universe is trying to deliberately force some form of arbitrary equality between those of us who can reshape matter with our thoughts and those who cannot.
* ConsummateProfessional: Started out business-like and polite. Then (s)he became insufferable and needed hir familiar to point out that it's not socially acceptable to solve social problems with explosions.
* {{Counterspell}}: Makes good use of this tactic during the fight against Samantha the bandit sorceress, noting that it is a legitimate, if seldom-used, means of disabling a spellcaster.
* CripplingOverspecialization: Devoted to arcane knowledge, at the expense of everything else. This comes up twice in fairly quick succession when facing enemies that not only outclass the elf in magic but can also easily kill V in hand-to-hand combat: [[spoiler:the ancient black dragon and Xykon.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Only second to Roy in the snark, and even more deadpan.
-->'''Belkar:''' I just told you that he tried to ''kill'' me!\\
'''Vaarsuvius:''' Oh my, what a completely unprecedented reaction to spending more than ten minutes in your company.
* DealWithTheDevil: Specifically, deal with the Devil, the Demon, and Daemon. [[spoiler:And is theirs for 44:16. 20:35 have been already spent]].
* DeusExMachina: Dark!V wraps up several story conundrums with a snap of her/his fingers, such as completing the relocation of [[spoiler:Azure City]] refugees with MassTeleportation, and even with her/his normal power he offed the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Bad Guy of the Week]], just to move the story ahead. It's played for laughs in regards to reuniting the Order, as his/her teammates found mundane solutions just as he was about to use her/his mega-power magic solution.
* DisintegratorRay: V likes to disintegrate a lot, [[spoiler:notably offing the adolescent black dragon, Kubota, and later finishing the ancient black dragon this way]].
* DisproportionateRetribution: Delivered to V and [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0639.html returned manyfold]].
* DumbIsGood: Vaarsuvius is sometimes condescending towards others simply because of their lesser intelligence, making this an example of the "smart people are mean" part of the trope.
* DumpStat: Strength (can only carry one Bag of Holding), Constitution (elf; plus a backstory that involves studying, but little exercise), and Charisma (genuinely worried about being capable of apologizing to a friend). Hell, looking at decisions over the course of the comic, Wisdom is looking iffy too. Vaarsuvius' status as master of the dump stat has been Lampshaded when V's singular focus on Intelligence was compared to Roy's extremely wide point spread as in the difference between a hamburger and a roast dinner.
* {{Elfeminate}}: The main reason for the ambiguous gender.
* EurekaMoment: During her/his fight with Zz'dtri [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0799.html at the]] [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0800.html Empire Arena]].
-->'''Vaarsuvius:''' How in the infinite planes of existence am I supposed to be capable of defeating a wizard who has tailored not just her/his daily spells but her/his very build specifically to defeat... [[CripplingOverspecialization me]].
* EverythingsBetterWithRainbows: Prismatic Spray is one of V's most powerful attack spells.
* EvilIsNotAToy: V knows that, but [[spoiler:unfortunately choses to ignore it and accepts the IFCC's deal]].
* EvilLaugh: [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0635.html "Ha ha HA ha ha HA ha HA ha! Wait... why am I laughing? I don't... the voices..."]]
* EvilMakeover: [[spoiler:The soul splice; though V isn't affected apart from appearances]].
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: (S)he started out with hir hair short and with a circlet, but has since switched to longer, shaggier style that is pulled back and tied off. This seems to coincide with hir realizing that absolute power is not all it's cracked up to be, as well as letting go of hir family. It helps that this was after coming down from an episode of PowerMakesYourHairGrow.
* ExpoSpeakGag: V's comedic stock-in-trade.
-->'''Vaarsuvius:''' Fascinating. Durkon, I have just now formulated a theory that encompasses both Nale's likely method of engagement and the most suitable response on our part.\\
'''Durkon:''' ''THA TREES BE ATTACKIN'!! RUN FER YER LIVES!!!!''\\
'''Vaarsuvius:''' Ah, I see you have already grasped the core principles of my theory.
* FatalFlaw: {{Pride}} in the power of arcane magic, to the point where V's inability to [[IneffectualLoner admit to needing help]] has been a major factor in accepting a [[spoiler:DealWithTheDevil]].
* FingerPokeOfDoom: "Disintegrate."
-->'''Vaarsuvius:''' Not if my index finger has anything to say about it. And, as it turned out, it had quite the stirring dissertation prepared on that very subject.
* FireForgedFriends: V finally learns to treat [[{{Familiar}} Blackwing]] as an equal after witnessing the latter's bravery when [[spoiler:he plays a vital role in V and O-Chul's attempt to destroy Xykon's phylactery]].
* {{Flight}}: With the ''Overland Flight'' spell, and (s)he can also bestow it upon others.
* FlippingTheBird: [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness "Bugsby's Expressive Single Digit!"]] [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0624.html *flip!*]]
* FunctionalMagic: As fitting for a ''Dungeons & Dragons'' comic. Vaarsuvius is explicitly an evoker, with necromancy and conjuration as forbidden schools.
* GlassCannon: V can dish '''lots''' of damage, but as your archetypal SquishyWizard, is very less adept at taking it.
* GoodCounterpart: To Zz'dtri (terse dark elf) and Pompey (clearly male half-elf).
* GoodHairEvilHair: Once the [[spoiler:soul splice]] is completed, V's hair grows quite long and wild. Upon reverting, it's tied up into a ponytail.
* GrammarNazi: As shown in one of the strips in ''Snips, Snails and Dragon Tails'', V hates sentences that end in prepositions.
* GuileHero: While V has no problem blasting minor problems into oblivion, (s)he is usually not in position to solve problems with main force, and must rely on hir wits and intelligence instead, which (s)he usually does admirably (eventually; no V arc is possible without some serious false starts). There is one [[WouldBeRudeToSayGenocide notable exception...]]
* HappilyMarried: DiscussedTrope. No one can deny that V loves Inkyrius, and (s)he believes that they had a good relationship, but Blackwing points out the truth. V has been away from hir family ''for six years'' learning arcane magic, and even when the elf was home, V was emotionally absent. [[spoiler:This is where V realizes that (s)he has been a terrible mate and does not contest the divorce.]]
* HearingVoices: [[spoiler:During the soul splice, Vaarsuvius' three "subcontractors" talk a lot amongst themselves and can be heard audibly. It's later revealed that they had as much influence over V's actions alignment-wise as cheerleaders do over the outcome of a football game]].
* HeroicBSOD:
** Vaarsuvius is being driven insane by guilt over a perceived [[MyGreatestFailure failure]] in Azure City, as well as many failures since. As a result, the elf has become obsessed with ''not'' failing and, by extension, with finally succeeding at something that will prove that V is not a failure.
** Vaarsuvius has a bigger one when realizing [[spoiler:the actual effects of the Familicide spell: not only did V kill all black dragons directly related to the ancient black dragon the spell was initially cast on, but also the entire Draketooth family, who descended from a black dragon, and everybody who the Draketooths had children with, and their families...]]
--->'''Vaarsuvius:''' (''curled on the floor'') My fault. I am the cause. It sprang from my brow.
* HeroWithAnFInGood: V has had some memorable NiceJobBreakingItHero moments, [[spoiler:such as Familicide, leading to the death of the Draketooth family, which leaves their gate undefended.]]
* HesBack: [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0919.html With a hell of a bang]]. With three spells, V turns the tide of battle.
* HoldingBackThePhlebotinum: Vaarsuvius is usually knocked out of fights quickly to prevent LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards from taking play. When V '''is''' able to participate, the fight either [[CurbStompBattle ends quickly]] or is against a powerful opponent with [[AntiMagic some form of magic resistance]]. This only gets more pronounced as the comic goes on and Vaarsuvius [[LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards theoretically becomes more and more powerful compared to the rest of the party]]:
** When the party faces a Black Dragon, Vaarsuvius has been polymorphed into a lizard, barring V from most of his/her spells. Even so, V is ''still'' the one to defeat it.
** In a battle in Cliffport, Vaarsuvius immediately gets knocked out of the fight via a combination of poor tactics and being [[SquishyWizard too close to a melee combatant]].
** In the battle for Azure city, Vaarsuvius gets separated from the rest of the party and the elf is ''still'' the member of the Order with the largest contributions to the battle.
** V holds ''hirself'' back when a caravan comes under attack so as to repress his/her more undesirable personality traits, namely hir ego.
** When they are attacked by a pair of bounty hunters, V is immediately disabled by a bolt with strength-reducing poison.
** In [[spoiler:Girard's ziggurat, V is completely paralyzed with guilt at having killed thousands of innocents and then literally paralyzed by the IFCC, thereby making very few contributions to the Order's activities]].
** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d when pteranadon-mounted soldiers [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0921.html attack]] V, Haley and Elan; (s)he just chain-lightnings the entire squadron.
--->'''Haley:''' Oh, yeah. Wizard.
* IdiotBall:
** V gets slammed with it [[spoiler:in the epic battle versus Xykon, despite having more than enough sheer power on hand to win if the battle were fought in a halfway intelligent manner. {{Justified|Trope}} due to V's overwhelming power trip and arrogance]].
** Played straight elsewhere. [[spoiler:The Oracle all but tells V that the price for ultimate arcane power would be too high. Vaarsuvius only hears that the power sought is coming]].
** V also assumed the [[spoiler:IFCC would only have hir soul after s/he died. The IFCC calmly tell V that was ''hir'' assumption. No-one ever said they couldn't invoke their payment ''before'' V died]].
* IgnoredEpiphany:
** Even if ThePlan they laid out was unworkable, [[spoiler:the fiends make sure that V is aware of the fact that the true motives for accepting their deal were pride and desire for ultimate power, rather than any nobler goal. Despite this being thrown in V's face, the elf accepts the deal. S/he later learns the lesson, but only after the damage is done]].
** Prior to that, V's question of the Oracle has the Oracle strongly hint that the cost of V's desire for power would come at a terrible price due to V's pride. V only notices that the power sought will be achieved.
* InferioritySuperiorityComplex: V believes hirself to be superior and thus obessed with demonstrating it. This is especially bad during the Don't Split The Party arc; during a string of (partially perceived) heavy failures and PTSD to boot, V becomes impossible to live with.
* InSeriesNickname: The rest of the Order often calls him/her just [[OneLetterName V]]. Belkar sometimes calls him/her Ears. Inkyrius calls him/her Suvie.
* InsufferableGenius: Yes, V is the most powerful member of the Order by a large margin. That doesn't mean (s)he should bring it up all the time.
* InsultToRocks: [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0286.html V apologies to the tables of the world]] for [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0285.html comparing them to Belkar]].
* ItsAllMyFault: V's reaction to [[spoiler:realizing the full implication of Familicide]], and actually true in this case. However, it's also an important turning point in Vaarsuvius' character arc, as the elf refuses ''any'' potential loopholes, justifications, or excuses for the act in question and insists that the responsibility is theirs alone.
* ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies: Part of V's reason for [[spoiler:not contesting the divorce]].
* {{Jerkass}}: Often arrogant and sometimes pity. During the Don't Split the Party arc, a combination of guilt, bad dreams, and trance-deprivation make him even worse and it culminates with V threatening [[spoiler:to ''kill Elan'']].
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: V still has good qualities beneath the haughty exterior, and is trying to become a better person with Blackwing's help.
* JustEatHim: Swallowed once by an owlbear and twice by black dragons...
* KickTheDog: [[spoiler:Taunting the black dragon about her dead son]]. There's no excuse for that, and it illustrates how close V is from an evil alignment before the fiends show up. [[spoiler:Kubota spent a page explaning to Elan why he was going to become a KarmaHoudini despite surrendering, so V disintegrating him is understandable from an AntiHero perspective. ''Committing familicide'' against every black dragon related to the one that attacked hir family is extreme to say the least, but it prevents other family members from trying what this dragon failed - except for the fact the IFCC has promised Tiamat ten good dragon deaths for every black dragon that died.]]
* KickTheMoralityPet: See Jerkass, above.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Honestly, [[spoiler:Kubota]] had it coming. However, V had ''no idea'' who he was, or even his ''alignment''. For all V cared, he was just a distraction from the mission to kill Xykon.
* KillItWithFire: ''Fireball'' or ''Scorching Ray'' are often the first choice of offensive spell.
-->'''Vaarsuvius:''' ''Burn'', you insufferably terse dullard!!
* KnightTemplarParent: As part of hir epic HeroicBSOD, he sets a long-distance record for JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope with this trope when fighting the mother black dragon. [[spoiler:With this mindset, the solution to prevent this kind of thing from happening again is clearly to wipe out the opposing family and anyone related to them.]]
* LackOfEmpathy: To the extent of a FatalFlaw. (S)he does [[CharacterDevelopment eventually come around]] to [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone recognizing it]] but too late to [[spoiler:save hir marriage or the quest for Girard's Gate.]]
* LastNameBasis: Calls Roy "Sir Greenhilt", Haley "Miss Starshine" and Durkon "Master Thundershield", and tends to follow a similarly formal, professional pattern for other people. Just about the only people s/he doesn't refer to this way are Belkar (probably reflecting hir level of respect for him) and Elan ([[QuirkyBard quite possibly true again]], but then he [[OnlyOneName doesn't actually have a given surname]]).
* LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain:
** The incident in which [[spoiler:Belkar [[KissingUnderTheInfluence kissed V whilst drunk]]]] must only ever be referred to as "The Event".
** The two days spent in the Semi-Elemental Plane of Ranch Dressing after being sent there by [[spoiler:Zz'dtri]] is a story Vaarsuvius would much rather have go untold. [[MediumAwareness Especially in the books]].
* LethalJokeItem: [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0033.html Doilies]] are the key to ultimate arcane power!
* LevitatingLotusPosition: Vaarsuvius floats in this position while in a trance to regain spells.
** Belkar took advantage of this once [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0334.html to play a prank on V]].
** V also does it in the Draketooth temple after calming down and awaiting doom at the hands of what the elf thinks is a {{Revenant|Zombie}}.
* LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards:
** By the #600 comic point, V has incredibly powerful magic available, and is the most powerful of TheTeam (by quite a lot) in terms of sheer damage-causing ability. However... this is tempered by V's "barred" schools, and the fact that if the elf gets too close to the action and gets either knocked out, gagged, paralyzed, transformed (lizard), or runs out of spells, he will become less helpful than Elan. This is a causative factor behind a HeroicBSOD. Because of what happened in the flashback strip [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0623.html "Running Away"]].
** Played with and ultimately defied in [[spoiler:[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0800.html "Right Tool for the Job"]]. V is up against a character who has tailored his very build to shut down the elf's entire spell list directly, even at its most effective. V gets around this by dominating the mind of an enemy crossbowman (crossbowkobold?), and correctly estimates the physical bolts as a weakness to be exploited. Hence, for all the supreme power V has, victory is achieved by using a ranger's abilities instead]].
* LovesTheSoundOfScreaming: Only the screams of people that are really hated. For example, [[spoiler:forcing the Linear Guild's third kobold Yukyuk to serve as Mr. Scruffy's litter box while he is under mind control, and V is very much aware of what's going on; V, as the one controlling him, is the only one who can hear his screams]].
-->'''Vaarsuvius:''' [[AndIMustScream His silent screams]] are a symphony I cannot share.
* MassTeleportation: During [[spoiler:the Soul Splice]]. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0643.html "Epic Teleport!"]]
* MomentOfWeakness: Guilt, trance-depravation, physical injury, and hir family seconds away from a FateWorseThanDeath are all contributing factors in hir DealWithTheDevil.
-->[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0634.html "I... I must succeed."]]
* MoralityChain:
** According to the books, Haley helps rein in V, and her absence contributes to V's breakdown in ''Don't Split the Party''.
** Blackwing has taken on this role to keep destruction to a minimum.
* MorphicResonance: V keeps a pink or purple color scheme whenever transformed.
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: Not so different from Belkar and Miko on this point, despite hating those two. Notably, over mere interaction problems:
-->'''Vaarsuvius:''' As the size of an explosion increases, the number of social situations it is incapable of solving approaches zero.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: When he comes down from the power high of the Soul-Splice he looks back in horror at what he's done. He shuts down when he realizes that [[spoiler:[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0842.html that the Draketooth family are all descendants of an ancient black dragon]]]].
* MyGreatestFailure:
** Vaarsuvius is distraught over not having had enough power to win the battle at Azure City (though the wall would've fallen much earlier without V's aid), and failing to overcome the ''Cloister'' spell (though the elf very nearly ''succeeded'' with the bird-messengers, if not for a freak incident that was no fault of anyone).
** The reconciliation with Durkon counts, as V is incredibly regretful of how the immense power gained from the Fiends was used and how, only after receiving a withering BreakingSpeech from Xykon after being defeated did V become truly effective.
** Vaarsuvius goes through it again when [[spoiler:realizing that the Familicide spell inadvertently killed the Draketooth family. And anyone they reproduced with and their families]].
* {{Nerf}}: V can't cast teleport, through no fault of her/his own because when came the choice of opposed schools, Teleportation was not a conjuration spell, thus V thought it was safe to take conjuration as an opposed school.
* NeverLiveItDown: InUniverse example.
-->'''Vaarsuvius:''' I have a plan.\\
'''Blackwing:''' Does it involve selling your soul?
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** [[spoiler:Whether or not the black dragons Vaarsuvius murdered were AcceptableTargets, the sheer undiscriminating effects of Familicide killed quite a few innocents tied to them as well. Including the Draketooth clan, the protectors of Girard's gate]].
** Vaarsuvius' decision to stay quiet on a few subjects ([[spoiler:hir DealWithTheDevil, the Familicide and the planet in the Snarl's prison]]) has some disastrous consequences.
* NotBrainwashed: [[spoiler:The Soul-Splice has absolutely no effect on alignment. V [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope Jumps Off the Slippery Slope]] without help]].
* NoTimeToExplain:
-->'''Vaarsuvius:''' Time is at a premium, precluding extended discussion.
* NotSoDifferent: From Redcloak. Both are [[WellIntentionedExtremist Well-Intentioned Extremists]] willing to go any lengths (up to and including [[WouldBeRudeToSayGenocide arguable genocide]]) to protect the people they care about (for Redcloak, it's goblins in general; for V, it's her/his family). Both are the most powerful character on their respective teams (with Redcloak, while he may not be as heavy a hitter as Xykon, Xykon has basically become Redcloak's [[spoiler:[[UnwittingPawn unwitting sockpuppet]]]]). They both like to Disintegrate things, both are formidable {{Guile Hero}}es (though Redcloak is a villain), both have to put up with an inordinate amount of idiocy (real or imagined), both are fond of ThePlan. Hence, these two have become a popular CrackPairing amongst the fandom.
* OhCrap: Vaarsuvius makes a lot of regrettable decisions, and, due to his/her intelligence, frequently realizes his/her mistake immediately after (s)he makes it.
** [[spoiler:"Say 'disintegrate' one more time, Vaarsuvius. For me."]]
** V also has this expression [[spoiler:on discovering the ramifications of casting Familicide on the black dragon]].
* OldTimeyBathingSuit: In the "Beach Party" [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/Wallpapers.html wallpaper]], V wears one (as androgynous as ever).
* OstentatiousSecret: Great lengths are taken to hide Vaarsuvius's gender and also point out that no one (not even The Giant himself) knows what it is.
* OurElvesAreBetter: Averted. V struggles with a lot of very human troubles and flaws such as pride, stubbornness, and thoughtlessness towards others. Vaarsuvius feels these flaws more and more keenly as time goes on and is working to improve.
* PaintItBlack: When V accepts the Soul Splice, the elf's normally red robe and cape turn black (along with instant hair extensions and pointy teeth). Bonus: the strip title is [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0635.html "I See a Red Robe and I Want to Paint it Black"]].
* PapaWolf or MamaBear: Gender notwithstanding, for the love of Thor, ''do not threaten V's kids''. [[spoiler:He'll wipe out your entire extended family if you do.]]
* PlatonicLifePartners or HeterosexualLifePartners: S/he and Haley have always been extremely close, with Haley only ever agreeing to share a room with V until she and Elan became a couple.
* ThePlotReaper: Vaarsuvius's [[spoiler:killing of Kubota]] is for this very reason. He was a distraction from the main plot.
* PointyEars: Comes with being an elf.
* PowerFloats: While trancing.
* PowerMakesYourHairGrow: A side-effect of the Soul Splice.
* PowersViaPossession: [[spoiler:Takes possession of three evil souls to gain their powers. Notably, V is NotBrainwashed by them]].
* PrepositionsAreNotToEndSentencesWith: In a ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'' strip, V blows the party's cover by ranting at a pair of wights who kept doing this.
* {{Pride}}: V's FatalFlaw. When given a choice between [[spoiler:selling his/her soul]] and getting help from his/her friends, s/he chose the former.
* PronounTrouble: For everybody else because of V's ambigious gender.
* RealMenWearPink: If V is a male: his magical aura is always {{pink|GirlBlueBoy}} and he wears his hair in a ponytail from the end of the previous arc. Also, his soul splice background is a pink triangle, and it causes his speech bubbles to become black with pink lettering and borders.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Xykon gives a [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0657.html potent one]] to V about what power ''really'' means and why the elf lacks it.
* RightPlaceRightTimeWrongReason: The wording of the Oracle's prediction concerning V finding ultimate power.
* RingOfPower: [[AmplifierArtifact A Ring of Wizardry]], pried from Xykon's charred fingerbone.
* RunningGag: V's use of Explosive Runes.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: At times it becomes a problem. At one point V overcomes one of the rules of the game (namely, that TalkingIsAFreeAction).
-->'''Vaarsuvius:''' Actually, now just [six seconds]. I was being particularly verbose just there.
* ShockAndAwe: Lightning spells are amongst Vaarsuvius's favorites.
* ShutUpHannibal: "Disintegrate. Gust of Wind. Now can we PLEASE resume saving the world?"
* SophisticatedAsHell: When V uses strong words, they're usually coated in this.
-->'''Vaarsuvius:''' [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0056.html No, no. I believe "sucked" was, in fact, the proper word.]]\\\
'''Vaarsuvius:''' [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0800.html I may be in error, but I believe the appropriate proclamation is, "Sneak Attack, bitch."]]
* SpockSpeak: V's normal way of speaking is formal and exact.
* SquishyWizard: As per standard for ''D&D'' wizards.
* SugarAndIcePersonality: Varies wildly between "aloof asshole" and "huggable [[TheWoobie woobie]]", even within strips.
* TalkToTheHand: Vaarsuvius is very fond of the various Bugsby's Hand spells. In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0934.html #934]], Vaarsuvius would have pushed Tarquin [[spoiler:off the ''Mechane'']] if Laurin hadn't zapped the hand.
* TearsOfRemorse: A little overdue, very out of character (up until then: see below)... and definitely meant, in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0843.html "Lack of Foresight"]].
* TheSmartGuy: A powerful mage, and magic requires high intelligence.
* TheSpock: Most of the time. Although V has experienced enough emotional turmoil lately to lose cool at critical moments.
* TookALevelInJerkass: V's resistance to anything not involving Xykon directly, arrogance and overall occasionally rude behavior skyrocket during the period after Azure City where V refuses to trance for months. This culminates in threatening Elan and ditching the rest of the Order of the Stick. After the whole [[spoiler:DealWithTheDevil]] thing V returns to normal behavior or better.
* TragicHero: Since the events of [[spoiler:the Soul Splice]].
* TroubledFetalPosition: After finding out that [[spoiler:(s)he caused the deaths of countless innocents with the Familicide spell]].
* UnscrupulousHero: V's first major scene shows the elf gleefully using a spell designed to ''tentacle-rape an opponent to death'', and while this can partially be put down to EarlyInstallmentWeirdness, (s)he continues to use Unscrupulous tactics.
* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler:Accepting the DealWithTheDevil and attacking Xykon play right into the GambitRoulette spun by the Inter-Fiend Cooperation Commission]].
* VancianMagic: Isn't too happy about the need to prepare spells every morning, as the article's epigraph indicates.
* VictoriousLoser: [[spoiler:Against Xykon. Though he lost the Soul Spice and didn't defeat Xykon, he rescued O-Chul and rattled the Lich's cage.]]
* WallOfBlather: Early on. It puts a bunch of goblins (as well as Belkar and Elan) to sleep.
* WeaponOfChoice: Spells. Prefers Fireball, Lightning Bolt[=/=]ChainLightning, Disintegrate and Prismatic Spray as attack spells. Also, [[spoiler:Explosive Runes -- *BOOM*]]
* WhatYouAreInTheDark:
** V's state during the [[spoiler:DealWithTheDevil]]. The IFCC tells the elf that the splice will [[{{Brainwashed}} affect alignment]], while in reality it's only three additional [[GoodAngelBadAngel shoulder devils]], who don't have any real influence. [[spoiler:The answer is going DrunkWithPower and committing a genocide of black dragons. While the rest of the party doesn't know, [[AmbiguousGender Vaarsuvius's mate]], familiar, and the PowersThatBe (and {{Karma}}) ''do'']].
** V's [[spoiler:rescue of O-Chul qualifies]]. Vaarsuvius is heavily injured, nearly out of spells, and completely out of his/her league, against [[spoiler:Xykon, an Epic-level sorcerer and the BigBad]]. V turns invisible and means to escape through a hole in the wall, one Feather Fall away from safety... Nobody could possibly know or blame the elf for escaping in that situation, but V instead chooses to [[spoiler:go back and help O-Chul instead, rather than abandoning yet another person to their death]]. It is a very poignant and touching moment -- an important first step to redemption -- after everything Vaarsuvius has done.
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: The way V's been using magic since the beginning. Trying to break the habit in the latest arc, with difficulties. [[spoiler:It could be said to have succeeded, if [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0800.html "Right Tool for the Job"]] is anything to go by. Instead of blasting the enenmy, buff your allies]].
%% TheWoobie: YMMV trope.
* WouldBeRudeToSayGenocide: Familicide. [[spoiler:Killing the Black Dragons was not, in retrospect, hir brightest hour]].
* WreathedInFlames: "Fire Shield."
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Purple. It's OK because s/he's an elf.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Belkar Bitterleaf]]
!!Belkar Bitterleaf
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->'''''"I AM A SEXY SHOELESS GOD OF WAR!"'''''

->'''Race:''' Halfling\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Class:''' Ranger/Barbarian\\
'''Alignment:''' [[ChaoticEvil Selfish Evil]] [-(according to the Adventure Game)-]

AKA "The Belkster" and "Death's Li'l Helper." Even shorter than other {{halfling}}s, Belkar has deep-seated emotional problems. He tries to work these out by killing or otherwise harming people he doesn't like. Still, he has some of the best lines and is a major source of (black) comedy.
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* AbstractScale: His evil is measured in [=KiloNazis=].
* TheAllegedExpert: Was invited to join the Order because Roy assumed his levels in the Ranger class automatically gave him some skills as a tracker, and his entry on the comic's "cast of characters" page described him as "the world's best tracker under 4 feet tall". As it turns out, he hasn't invested a single point in his Track skill.
* AlliterativeName: '''B'''elkar '''B'''itterleaf.
* AndroclesLion: [[spoiler:The Empire of Blood's troops, sick of the Order slaughtering all their infantry, sic an ''Allosaurus'' at them... which turns out to be the same one Belkar was nice to and let out earlier. One Wild Empathy use (and a couple daggers inside the rider) later, Belkar has a new mount. "Flee before me, worms!!", indeed.]]
* AntiHero: The only thing that separates Belkar from being a VillainProtagonist is that he is pointed towards the BigBad. In fact, he might have joined Xykon if his poor impulse control didn't have him [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0520.html throw a cat in the recruiter's face for his own amusement]].
* AssShove: Implied.
-->'''Belkar:''' [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0261.html But speaking hypothetically, if I had managed to conceal a Ring of Jumping someplace on my body that I was reasonably certain no one would search...]]
* AtopAMountainOfCorpses: [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0439.html His most iconic moment]], after slaughtering an entire ''army'' of hobgoblins.
-->'''Haley:''' Do you want to tell him he probably won't get any experience from killing them?\\
'''Durkon:''' Let's draw straws.
* {{Badass}}: Out of a raiding party of Thieves' Guild rogues there were [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0611.html None Left Standing]].
%% Putting a trope into a secondary bullet of another trope is against the Examples Indentation rules. Leave BadassNormal at first level, please.
* BadassNormal: Although as a ranger, he should be able to cast spells... if he didn't have the wisdom score of a lemming.[[note]]Lemmings have a wisdom score of 12, which isn't that bad. Unfortunately, this was an insult rather than accurate character description.[[/note]]
-->'''Belkar:''' Hey, lemmings are cute.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Belkar hoped to push Miko over the edge and make her fall. He succeeded, but she ended up killing someone he liked in the process.
* BecomingTheMask: There are hints that Belkar's fake character development is turning into real character development. It becomes very apparent in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0807.html "Wild Empathy"]]. It happens even more after [[spoiler:Durkon is turned into a vampire. Instead of taking the idea of Durkon being back with an alignment adjustment at face value (or brushing it off like the old Belkar might have), he is suspicious of the vampire even when it's costing him points with the rest of the team, points that he was initially faking character development to gain so they'd keep him around. And it's likely because Durkon ''died'' for him and he won't forget it.]] This really seems to be more important to him than staying in the Order's good graces.
* BerserkButton: It doesn't matter who you are... if you value your head remaining attached to the rest of your body, you should never, ever, EVER [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0685.html threaten to harm Mr. Scruffy in his presence]]. If you insult his affection for Mr.Scuffy, he force-fed you someone else's entrails.
* TheBerserker: He has a couple of barbarian levels, but it's not always obvious when he goes into a rage because he's always in some kind of foul temper.
* TheBigGuy: He's the most bloodthirsty of the group and has the highest body count. He shares the role with Durkon (ironically, the two are the smallest humanoid members of the party).
* BlackComedy: He's the main source of this on the protagonists' side.
* BloodKnight: Fighting and slaughtering living beings is all he initially cared about, and the reason he decided to go on a dungeon crawl.
* BorrowedCatchphrase: Roy's [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0926.html "NOT THE POINT!"]]
* BrutalHonesty: Nothing in his CruelToBeKind speech is false. It's just delivered in an incredibly offensive way in order to enrage [[spoiler:Roy]] enough to make him want to continue.
* ButHeSoundsHandsome: "That Belkar, as stubborn as he is stone-cold sexy."
* CassandraTruth:
** His tendency to screw with people got him disbelieved at first when [[spoiler:he [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0880.html bore the bad news]] of Durkon's vampirization]].
** Also, he's the only one who has serious doubts about [[spoiler:Durkon not being Durkon anymore after vampirization]] but so far, no-one's taking notice.
* ChaoticStupid: Moreso in earlier strips, where he would do things like set a tent on fire just to watch it burn -- when they were trying to sneak into a camp stealthily.
* CharacterDevelopment:
** Faked character development, which ironically is ''real'' development for him too. To clarify: at the end of the "Don't Split the Party" arc, Belkar is in many ways still the same sociopathic murderous halfling. However, he actually promises someone else that he would stick to him to the very end, no matter the outcome, which is something the old Belkar would never have done. In the book commentary for that section the author described [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0606.html the conversion scene]] as going from sociopath to slightly more high-functioning sociopath.
** He gives a whole speech on the subject in 957, suggesting he's aware he's no longer quite the same.
* CharlieBrownBaldness: He's not bald, but the very short hair atop his head is hard to see (unless in close-ups or from behind). Notably, it's identical to the hair on his feet.
* ChefOfIron: He has ranks in the Profession (Gourmet chef) skill.
* ChekhovsBoomerang: The Ring of Jumping +20. [[spoiler:First when he uses it to escape from prison in Azure City, and again when he lends it to Roy]].
* CombatSadomasochist: He can hardly be bothered killing things that won't scream.
* CommonalityConnection: He helps two gladiators escape after they have been forced to fight each other, because he feels for them [[spoiler:realizing that he would hate to be forced to fight Mr. Scruffy.]] It comes as a great shock to him.
* CruelMercy: Part of his character development is learning a more refined form of cruelty.
** When [[spoiler:Blind Pete betrays him, Haley, Celia and a cleric of Loki,]] he doesn't kill the traitor. Instead, he convinces the traitor's ChildhoodFriend to do so instead, because it will hurt more and be more fun to watch.
** After reducing Crystal to 0 HP, he doesn't kill her. Instead, he leaves her on the floor, helpless and humilitated, and fetches her rival to kill her instead.
** He doesn't kill Yukyuk, despite his attack on Mr. Scruffy. Instead, he turns the kobold into Mr. Scruffy's litterbox.
* CruelToBeKind: [[spoiler:Gives Roy a massive, insulting speech specifically designed to spit in the face of Roy's grief over Durkon's death, which has Roy so demoralised he seriously contemplates giving up the quest. It shocks the team and enrages Roy -- which is enough to get Roy off the bench.]]
* CrutchCharacter: As befitting someone with such a terrible build. He's a veritable {{Mook}}-slaughtering machine but has perhaps the lowest success rate of the group against higher-level opponents. Spellcasters in particular tend to steamroll him because he has [[WeakWilled a laughable Will save]]. In addition, he's leveling up slower than everyone else because of his multiclassing (and the Mark of Justice severely limiting his killing power at crucial points). Early on in the story Roy expresses a fear that Belkar could take down the rest of the Order if he chose to, but if that ever was the case it certainly isn't any more. (In the scenario Roy was picturing, the rest of the Order was asleep.)
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: He gains a huge dose of his after his CharacterDevelopment and learns to fight with the rest of his team instead of being a psychotic kill-happy idiot.
* DefensiveWhat:
-->'''Belkar:''' Well, I just figured we'd wander around, kill some sentient creatures because they had green skin and fangs and we don't, and then take their stuff. (''everyone else in the party glares at him'') What?
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Like all halflings. Ironically, he especially dislikes sandals.
* DualWielding: Two daggers. It is implied that Belkar choose Ranger because of the Two-Weapon Fighting feat.
* DumpStat: Wisdom. This comes into play in an early strip, [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0058.html "First Aid"]], when V buffs Belkar's Wisdom to enable him to use a healing scroll, it completely changes Belkar's personality and life goals. This would not only make Belkar less funny, but also less useful in a fight, so StatusQuoIsGod... [[note]]Also the ''Owl's Wisdom'' spell has too short a duration to effect a permanent character change anyway.[[/note]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards:
** He was traumatized when Elan decided to run around the Dungeons of Dorukan naked.
** He was outraged by Miko Miyazaki [[spoiler:murdering Lord Shojo.]]
** He refuses to cut corners on cooking because he's a gourmet chef.
* EvilCounterpart:
** Inverted in his Good Counterpart, the late Yokyok, whose [[YouKilledMyFather father he killed]] earlier in the comic.
** Also both inverted ''and'' played straight by Yokyok's aforementioned father Yikyik, who's Belkar's counterpart and ''is'' genuinely evil because he's just like Belkar.
** Yukyuk, whose relation to Yikyik and Yokyok is currently unknown, but he seems to be as evil as Yikyik.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Unexpectedly, this trope works out in his favor. [[spoiler:When he tries to tell the rest of the party that Durkon has been turned by a vampire and Roy dismisses it as a lie, he mentions that Durkon's last request to the vampire was for his comrades to be spared. This causes Haley to believe him, since Belkar is so much of a sociopath that he wouldn't think to include that detail if he was lying.]]
* FailedASpotCheck: All the time. He's almost as bad as Elan.
* FantasticRacism: Subverted regarding [[spoiler:Vampire!Durkon/the High Priest of Hel. He can handle the fangs, but he doesn't buy that Durkon could go from forgiving him to eagerly drinking his blood in seconds.]]
* FieryRedhead: If you consider violently sociopathic "fiery". While Belkar appears to be bald, he has very close cropped red hair (usually only seen from the back.)
* FluffyTamer: As a ranger he has Wild Empahy but he doesn't use his skills much. [[spoiler:However, he does get an ''Allosaurus'' on his side]].
* FragileSpeedster: Roy [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0748.html unsubtly]] shows him that he isn't as good at taking damage as he is at dishing it out, and he should stick to slaughtering {{Mooks}}.
* GayBravado: Is "confident enough in his sexuality" that he can make come-ons at a [[GenderBender gender bent]] Roy to {{squick}} the latter out.
* {{Geas}}: The Mark of Justice will make him horribly ill to deter him from killing in a settlement. [[spoiler:He breaks it half by accident: he kills the Oracle of Sunken Valley, but the Oracle had moved just enough kobolds into the area to technically constitute a settlement]].
* GenreSavvy: In a bizarre turn of events, he's the only one to object to [[spoiler:Vampire!Durkon's presence]], reminding Roy that [[spoiler:he isn't Durkon any more and having a blood-sucking monster for a teammate is asking for trouble. Turns out he was very, very right about him no longer being Durkon...]]
* GoodAngelBadAngel: Nope, it is shown instead that he's got two shoulder fiends (representing [[ForTheEvulz his impulsive evil side]] and [[PragmaticVillainy his long-term evil side]]), and a [[ChaoticNeutral shoulder slaad]]. The shoulder angel "...doesn't work here anymore."
-->'''Angel:''' (''twitching'') ...and he kept stabbing them, again and again... He's a halfling, he's supposed to be jolly... Why isn't he jolly? '''[[SuddenlyShouting WHY ISN'T HE JOLLY???]]'''
* HeroicComedicSociopath: A textbook example; his bloodlust and sociopathy are played for laughs, such as "trying to kill Elan for XP".
-->'''Belkar:''' How the HELL am I supposed to make myself feel better if there's no one to hurt?!?
* HesBack: After sending dozens of strips invalid from sickness, he returns [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0611.html In a Crowning Slaughter of Awesome]].
* HiddenDepths: Averted at first. Belkar has ''no'' depth '''''at all''''', and his hallucination of Shojo tells him that he better ''fake'' some Hidden Depths or he'll find himself in deep trouble. However, his attempts to fake it over time seems to be gradually growing into some sort of genuine depth.
** His absolute hatred for [[spoiler:Vampire!Durkon[=/=]High Priest of Hel]] could be a manifestation of Belkar's grief over [[spoiler:Durkon's]] death.
** His faking of Hidden Depths becomes a ChekhovsSkill when he is able to see that [[spoiler:Vampire!Durkon]] is also faking Hidden Depths as well, and calls him out on it.
** Ironically, his faking of Hidden Depths has turned into actual CharacterDevelopment, to Belkar's own surprise.
--->'''Belkar:''' People don't just change who they are inside in an instant. It doesn't work like that. It takes time, so you don't even know you're changing. Until one day, you're just a little different than you used to be and you can't even tell what the hell happened.
* HiddenHeartOfGold: He's developed one where Durkon is concerned. Despite outwardly hating him, Belkar was deeply affected by Durkon's [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice, to save him from Malack, and Belkar has greatly missed Durkon since then, as seen in his absolute hatred for the vampire]].
* {{Hobbits}}: He averts every expectation of the race.
-->'''Belkar:''' I'm not even pulling this rope taut.
* HoYay[[invoked]] / FoeYay
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0408.html He gets the tingles]] when Roy goes all {{Badass}}.
** See also [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0316.html New Year's Eve]] (if Vaarsuvius is male). Further, [[spoiler:the fourth book includes a Cast Page with lines indicating the relationships between the characters. According to this Belkar wants to "shtup" V, which means exactly what you think it does]].
* HypocriticalHumor: "What kind of idiot could screw up something as simple as protecting the casters?" Belkar's kind of idiot, that's who.
* InformedAbility / GameplayAndStorySegregation: He's stated to have an abysmal Wisdom score, and can't cast Ranger spells as a consequence. That said, he's pretty cunning and perceptive even if he sucks at tracking, and has twice been the only one to notice that there was an imposter in the party.
* InTheHood: When trying to be sneaky (or when it rains), Belkar puts on a dark green hood.
* IShouldWriteABookAboutThis: Parodied, like other halfling-related tropes.
-->'''Belkar:''' You know, I think I could make good money writing a guidebook to the jail cells of the world.\\
Dark but clean, I'd give this three stars -- "Would be incarcerated again."
* IWillShowYouX: When Belkar's friend Buggy Lou suggests [[BerserkButton eating Mr. Scruffy with a nice marinade]].
-->'''Belkar:''' [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0685.html I got your marinade RIGHT HERE!]]
* {{Jerkass}}: His main selling point is his unapologetic meanness and asshattery.
* 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.]]
* KarmaHoudini: Roy tries to wrangle a deal to spare Belkar prison time on two occasions, although both are ultimately subverted.
** The first one is when Roy demanded a temporary "get out of jail free card" from Shojo in exchange for investigating the Gates, which became permanent once Azure City was conquered. Though Belkar didn't get away completely scot-free. He did have to have that Mark of Justice stuck on his head in exchange for his "freedom".
** The second time, he tried to match the jail time Belkar would serve with the amount of time he would be pardoned for in exchange for a good deed. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:he explained this plan in front of the person in charge of both the jail time and the pardon, so Hinjo used his discretion to give Belkar the longer sentence for trying to beat the system.]]
* KavorkaMan: He is successful at seducing human women (with obviously low standards) from times to times.
* KillItWithFire: "When in doubt, set something on fire."
* KissingUnderTheInfluence: [[spoiler:With Vaarsuvius due to new year's beer]].
* KnifeNut: He sure loves his daggers...
* LaughablyEvil: He's evil, but a big source of laughs. Only second to Xykon.
* LeeroyJenkins: Belkar provides a near-perfect example of how a Leeroy can cause havoc in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0157.html "A Lesson in Leadership"]].
* LevelGrinding: It takes Belkar ''months'' of killing off undead to get one level after the TimeSkip, and it's drained almost immediately.
* MadeASlave: In the prequel story "Uncivil Servant", Belkar mentions having recently spent seven months as a slave.
* TheManTheyCouldntHang: [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0165.html "Hangin' Around"]]. He is offended by humans who think their methods of execution would work on a halfling.
* TheMillstone: Belkar's sociopathy and frequent refusal to listen to orders ruin the party's planning several times -- for example, leaving the spellcasters undefended to kill goblins, putting the bandit camp on fire because he couldn't wait, [[spoiler:or killing the Oracle]]. He has somehow grown out of it after his VisionQuest... until that time in prison when he pushes Roy to snap during the gladiator selection for the games, dooming the leader of the [=OotS=] to a dangerous fight in the arena (though Gannji is also somewhat to blame).
* MindScrew: Favorite way of being a {{Jerkass}} to his teammates. He claims to have taken the feat "Craft Disturbing Mental Image".
* MinMaxing: Inverted! Belkar's "build" is (deliberately) suboptimal; as a halfling he gets a Strength penalty, though he must have compensated for that with a very high unmodified score based on his damage output with those tiny daggers, and a Dexterity bonus, but hardly ever uses missile weapons, and taking Wisdom as a DumpStat impairs his use of key Ranger skills and spellcasting. The only aspect of his build that isn't complete crap is that he appears to utilize his dexterity to extremes, jumping around like Yoda, meaning he is very good at defeating low-level minions. Later, he attempts to offset some of these deficiencies with a dip into Barbarian. Since his racial favored class is Rogue, the disparity between his Ranger and Barbarian levels means he now earns 10% less experience than the rest of the party (assuming that rule is being enforced).
* MoralityChain: Without Roy's restraining influence, he would be an even worse psychopath.
* {{Munchkin}}: For example, wanting to murder a team member just to get the necessary XP to level up.
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: Belkar works on the definition, "Enemy combatant = anyone worth XP."
* MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning: His tactic of holding Miko back. He didn't quite think it through; while Raise Dead is magically easy for Durkon, it is not economically feasable for the party just for shits and giggles.
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: He gets this treatment a few times because he is TheFriendNobodyLikes.
* TheNapoleon: Short and bad-tempered? Check.
* TheNicknamer: Belkar loves to give ludicrous (but creative) nicknames to about everyone or everything (including himself), but especially for Durkon.
* NominalHero: See AntiHero, above.
* TheNoseKnows: "Halfling sense activated!" Notably, Belkar tracks the Order's way through the Windy Canyon by scent alone. He also uses scent to realize that Nale is impersonating Elan.
* NotGoodWithPeople: Post-fake-CharacterDevelopment, Belkar has become remarkably loyal and friendly to animals. While he'd gladly leave his teammates out to dry, he won't do the same to an animal he's befriended.
* ObliviousToHisOwnDescription: "I just don't trust the idea of us using a horrible bloodthirsty savage to fulfill our goals while we -- oh, I get it."
* ObnoxiousSnarker: Even his party members, snarkers themselves, are annoyed by him.
* OddFriendship:
** Any actual ''friendship'' would be odd, but he really seems to care about Mr. Scruffy.
** He also is on good terms with Lord Shojo, and is upset when he dies.
** He's also surprisingly amiable with Elan. He makes him laugh.
* OneManArmy: Proven in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0439.html "Seeing Orange"]] where he stands on a pile of corpses several times his own height.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Yet another way he will screw with people's minds.
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0141.html "Horse Sense"]]
--->'''Belkar:''' Are you feeling OK? I'm really worried about you.
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0620.html "Probably About an '8'"]]
--->'''Belkar:''' I think they've worked out a good plan to end this pointless conflict without any more lives lost, and I support it fully. Let's stop the violence. (''big grin'')
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0922.html "Payback"]]:
--->'''Roy:''' OK, now, I know we're doomed. Belkar is acting like a '''ranger'''.
* PetTheDog:
** He once killed an assassin that wanted to kill Hinjo, although this is subverted by the fact he figured that Hinjo might remove his Mark of Justice for doing so.
** [[LoyalAnimalCompanion Mr. Scruffy]] is possibly the only thing he's ever cared for unconditionally.
** There is also the time [[spoiler:when he saves the two reptilian bounty hunters by releasing an ''Allosaurus'' to distract the soldiers trying to kill them. It's pointed out that he could have just waited for the soldiers to kill them before letting loose the ''Allosaurus'': bunch of dead guards, on their own, would have been funny, but dead mercenaries that he hated '''and''' eaten guards? Hilarious in his eyes. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0807.html "Wild Empathy"]] reveals that he helped them ''because'' it reminded him of his relationship with Mr. Scruffy]].
** He's genuinely [[spoiler:upset that Durkon died trying to save him from Malack]].
** His illusion of a perfect life when he was trapped in Girard's dungeon? [[spoiler:Hanging out with Lord Shojo and Mr. Scruffy.]]
** He gets another moment with [[spoiler:the above ''Allosaurus'']]. And this one pays off quite handily, as well.
** Also, [[spoiler:after the ''Allosaurus'' gets polymorphed into a lizard? Belkar refuses to leave it behind when the team makes its escape from Tarquin.]]
* PintSizedPowerhouse: He's the shortest member of the Order and one of the shortest in the whole comic, yet his body count is many times taller.
* ProperlyParanoid: He considers this a necessary quality for an adventurer. [[spoiler:For example, about all the Priest of Hel's attempts to pass off as Durkon. He notes that someone doesn't just change within 90 seconds from forgiving him for not being able to save his life to having to be ordered to not drink all their blood]].
-->'''Belkar:''' Whatever happened to basic adventurer paranoia, though? It's like these people never had a ceiling come to life and try to smother them before!
* QuitYourWhining: In [[{{Jerkass}} his own way]], he does this to Roy when the latter is in a HeroicBSOD over [[spoiler:Durkon's death]].
* RealMenWearPink: He has ranks in gourmet cooking, he knows the score to "Meet Me in St. Louis" and his best friend is a small, white housecat.
* RestrainingBolt: The Mark of Justice. It works even better than Roy's threats of bodily harm. [[spoiler:Kept him locked down for a while, until he made the mistake of killing the kobold oracle while in a village. It's been removed]].
* RingOfPower: A Ring of Jumping +20; he puts it to very good use.
-->'''Belkar:''' A magic item that can allow me to rain death from above on my enemies AND [[MundaneUtility lets me reach stuff on the top shelf?]] Done.
* RousingSpeech: His CruelToBeKind one, however atypical its content is.
* SelfFulfillingProphecy: The one the Oracle gives him. He makes sure it happens the way '''he''' likes.
* SnarkyNonHumanSidekick: Though this role falls most often to talking animals, he's snarky, he's non-human, and he's a psycho, so...
* SpannerInTheWorks: So far he's acting as this to [[spoiler:The High Priest of Hel. Not only does Belkar not have any good memories with Durkon that the High Priest can exploit, but he's the only one who is actively suspicious of Durkon, due to being familiar with how CharacterDevelopment works.]]
* SquareRaceRoundClass: Halfling Ranger/Barbarian? He makes it work...
* StereotypeFlip: "He's a halfling, he's supposed to be jolly... Why isn't he jolly?"
* StrikeMeDownWithAllOfYourHatred: Belkar succeeds at doing this to [[spoiler:Miko]], but his effort is stopped by a well-timed Scorching Ray.
* StupidEvil: He starts out as this, but moves to true ChaoticEvil through a dream sequence with [[SpiritAdvisor the spirit of Lord Shojo]]. In the early comics he literally ''is'' StupidEvil: when his Wisdom is raised, he becomes nicer.
* SympathyForTheDevil: [[spoiler:"Hurting people is the only thing I'm good at." Said after his CruelToBeKind moment]].
* TeamChef: He has skill points in "Profession: Gourmet Chef".
* TechnicalPacifist: The Mark of Justice forces Belkar to be one, within towns at least. Not that he doesn't find several creative workarounds.
* TimeForPlanB: Belkar has a tendency to play with this phrase.
* TokenEvilTeammate: {{Deconstructed|Trope}}. At first, Belkar's antics are PlayedForLaughs, but as time passes, they are shown to have consequences both in the world in general and in his relationship with his teammates. Although, this is slightly {{reconstruct|ion}}ed when Roy [[spoiler:temporarily dies and goes to Heaven]]. He talks with a deva about his decision to let Belkar to be part of his team. Roy says that while Belkar is a complete asshole, if it wasn't for Roy's leadership, he would have turned out far worse. He loses this exclusive status after [[spoiler:Durkon rejoins the team after getting turned into a vampire.]]
* {{Troll}}: See MindScrew above. He does it because he finds it [[ForTheEvulz funny]]. He also trolled an already pretty screwed [[InspectorJavert Miko Miyazaki]] into SanitySlippage in order to make her lose her paladinhood. [[spoiler:Which she finally lost without Belkar being involved.]]
* {{Unusual Euphemism}}s: He spouts ''D&D''-based euphemisms and innuendo regularly.
-->'''Belkar:''' Hey, Sweet Thing, wanna hold my Rod of Lordly Might? If you press the right button, it might extend![[note]]Note that the title of said strip is ComicallyMissingThePoint: [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0244.html "What? It's a Legitimate Magic Item."]] ([[http://www.dandwiki.com/wiki/SRD:Rod_of_Lordly_Might It is, too!]])[[/note]]
* VisionQuest: As a result of his magically-induced hallucination of Lord Shojo, Belkar learns to ''fake'' character growth.
* WantsAPrizeForBasicDecency: Parodied in ''On the Origin of [=PCs=]''. Belkar thinks he deserves a reward for the restraint he showed by not killing ''all'' the barmaids in a tavern brawl, and suggests that if humans don't want him to murder people, they should put up a sign saying, "Thank you for not killing more than five of us."
-->'''Prison Guard:''' We don't want you to kill ANY of us!\\
'''Belkar:''' Now you're just being unreasonable!
* WeakWilled: Nale, Malack and [[spoiler:the High Priest of Hel]] have taken advantage of it. Malack uses the exact term, although Durkon complains that it could describe half the party.
* WeaponOfChoice: His daggers, as mentioned above.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Belkar assumes he will win his fight against [[spoiler:Malack]] because he spouted the sentence "I have someone worth fighting for!" and guys who do it "always win for some weird reason". He then gets anticlimactically defeated in two panels.
* YourDaysAreNumbered: It's initially implied, then outright stated by the Oracle that he'll [[EpilepticTrees take his last breath]] before the end of the year. The Giant is officially teasing the fans over this -- [[spoiler:strip #870 ends with Malack deciding to turn Belkar into a vampire, only for Durkon to show up with Mass Death Ward at the beginning of #871. Then, in #886, he ''appears'' to die to Xykon's Meteor Swarm, before it is revealed as an illusion. And in #957, the High Priest of Hel uses his vampiric gaze to make him jump overboard, only for him to get snagged on the ship-mounted ballista.]]
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[[folder:Durkon Thundershield]]
!!Durkon Thundershield
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->''"I stay 'ere because it's me duty. And bein' a dwarf is all about doin' yer duty, even if it makes ye miserable. ESPECIALLY if it makes ye miserable!"''

->'''Race:''' Dwarf\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Class:''' Cleric\\
'''Alignment:''' [[LawfulGood Lawful]] [[GoodIsBoring Bland]] [-(according to the Adventure Game)-]

A dutiful dwarf cleric of Thor, and Roy's oldest friend. Sent away from his homeland by higher-ups, he was slow to adapt to human society, but fits in rather well now. Very pragmatic.
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* AmbiguouslyBrown: According to Burlew, Durkon's skin tone isn't meant to represent any particular group, he's simply just "not white."
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:He becomes a prisoner in his own body after becoming a vampire and a spirit serving Hel takes over his undead corpse. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0946.html He looks absolutely furious.]]]]
* AndThenJohnWasAZombie: [[spoiler:He's shown to dislike the undead very strongly. During the events in Girard's dungeon, he is killed and reanimated as a vampire.]] Unfortunately...
* {{Badass}}: As a mid- to high-level cleric in 3.5e ''D&D'', this is to be expected.
* BadassBeard: Required for a dwarf.
* BaldOfAwesome: Despite being rather touchy about it (he went bald in the dwarf equivalent of kindergarden), Durkon is bald ''and'' heroic. [[spoiler:Until recently, anyway.]]
* BerserkButton: He takes it rather badly when people make fun of theology. Like, say, worshiping hand puppets, or pretending to convert when handy.
* TheBigGuy: When he uses "Thor's Might" to grow to Large size.
* CombatMedic: Standard-issue healbot, but also packs a big hammer and a pocket full of lightning spells.
* DatingCatwoman: Briefly with Hilgya, a ChaoticEvil cleric of Loki.
* DemonicPossession: [[spoiler:As a vampire it seemed like he was a case of DarkIsNotEvil, but in fact he is possessed by an evil bloodthirsty spirit that is merely posing as him; the ''real'' Durkon is a prisoner inside his own body.]]
* DropTheHammer: His standard weapon is a hammer and shield.
* DisappearedDad: Implied in a flashback to have died when Durkon was at a very young age; his mom refers to him in the past tense.
* EsotericHappyEnding: [[invoked]] Most would be rather depressed by the idea that they'll never return home again except when their corpse is taken there for burial, but Durkon is happy about it because it means he'd be buried at home with his ancestors and not somewhere else. It also means he'll be buried with honor, instead of dying in the belly of some random monster while out adventuring. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, overly literal prophecies cheat.]]
* ExactWords: Durkon will return to his homelands posthumously. [[spoiler:Now that he's been killed and raised as a vampire, it looks like he'll be making a trip home soon]]. After all, Kraagor's Gate ''is'' in the Dwarven Lands.
* FantasticRacism: Shows this toward [[spoiler:Malack after learning he is a vampire.]] To his credit, Durkon points out that even ignoring [[spoiler:the undead issue]], the individual is still a villain who can't be allowed to succeed.
* TheFettered: Believes in honor and obligations, no matter how hard they are. This has given him at least one example of GenreBlindness: [[spoiler:in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0865.html #865]], he insists that the Linear Guild's new cleric cannot be Malack, as he knows that Malack hates Nale and wants to kill him for murdering Malack's children. The reality is that Malack has put aside his oath to do so in order to work with Nale on Tarquin's say-so. The fact Tarquin has promised to let Malack kill Nale after they're done didn't hurt, though]].
* {{Flight}}: He gained access to the ''wind walk'' spell at some point during "Don't Split the Party".
* FunetikAksent: An extremely thick dwarven accent.
** Lampshaded.
--->'''Belkar:''' Wait, he can pronounce "stratosphere" but not "the"?
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0599.html It's contagious.]]
--->'''Vaarsuvius:''' And yet I see no reason why I still need ye. You.
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0305.html And persistent.]]
--->'''Roy:''' You do know that you don't need to transcribe your accent?\\
'''Durkon:''' Transcribe my what, now?\\
'''Roy:''' Never mind.
* GoodCounterpart: To Hilgya Firehelm (chaotic evil cleric) and later Leeky Windstaff (hammy and tree loving druid). [[spoiler:Later on, Malack, a lawful evil vampire cleric. Nale also points out that the old Durkon is this to the new, vampiric Durkon.]]
* GoodShepherd: A lawful good and honest cleric. [[spoiler:He himself is still this but the vampire controlling his body is most certainly not..]]
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler:Knowing, despite his death at the hands of Malack, he'll one day return home. Now that he's been reanimated all bets are off.]]
* GrumpyBear: For a brief period (in ''On the Origins of [=PCs=]''), though he grew out of it after meeting Roy.
* HealingHands: "Cure Light/Moderate/Serious Wounds!"
* HoldingBackThePhlebotinum: While not having the raw firepower of V, he's easily the second most powerful of the group and like V he gets disabled, leveled-drained, powered down, misunderstood by Thor, or otherwise prevented from instantly solving whatever problems the group confronts for the sake of good storytelling.
* HomeSweetHome: He ''really'' wants to go home. [[spoiler:Even if it must be posthumously]].
* HonorBeforeReason: The dwarves know that he's so lawful he won't attempt to return to the dwarven lands until sent for (i.e. never). It's downplayed in that while Miko knows he can be trusted to be unfailingly honest, he [[ExactWords twists the truth]] a little to protect his friends.
* ImmuneToDrugs: It's one of the benefits of dwarfdom. [[spoiler:Malack's Poison spell? "Tastes like me mum's crabapple cobbler!"]]
* LastRequest: [[spoiler:Before he dies, he asks of Malack that if his friendship was true and not just a trick, to spare his friends]].
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: He has no idea about the real reason he was sent away from the Dwarven lands.
* LukeNounverber: "Thunder-Shield" sure fits a dwarf cleric of Thor.
* MagicKnight: As a ''D&D'' cleric, he wears armor and fights with a hammer but he can still cast spells.
* TheMedic: In one early strip, the other party members [[MeatOVision visualise him as a walking medical kit]].
* MilkmanConspiracy: Durkon is convinced that the trees everywhere are part of some giant conspiracy. [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame So are all the other Dwarves]].
* MiseryBuildsCharacter: "Bein' a dwarf is all aboot doin' yer duty, even if it makes ye miserable. ''Especially'' if it makes ye miserable."
* NeverGetsDrunk: Durkon loves his beer, but has never been drunk in the comic. In a New Year's Eve story, he and Belkar count down to midnight with ''10 straight pints.'' Belkar [[FoeYay kisses Vaarsuvius]] and passes out, but Durkon doesn't appear affected at all. [[JustifiedTrope In this universe, Dwarves have two livers.]] According to him, it's a [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0316.html dwarven custom to take a drink every time someone counts down.]] In the backstory, they have some ale every time ANYTHING happens.
* NeverSayThatAgain: Don't tell him that beer isn't important.
* NotThatTheresAnythingWrongWithThat:
-->'''Durkon:''' I love me god Thor will all me heart -- inna strictly heterosexual "buddies" kinda way. Not that there's anything wrong with the alternative.
* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame: A parody of the concept that [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0602.html plays some traits straight]].
-->'''Cleric of Loki:''' Can you tell me anything about him that differentiates him from every other dwarf?
* OddFriendship: With Malack, [[spoiler:until he finds out he's a vampire that wants to seize Girard's Gate.]]
* PrematurelyBald: Not explicitly stated, but evident with a little math based on the evidence -- he's currently 55 years old, and says to Haley that he's been bald for "forty years", meaning he went bald roughly around 15 years of age. He almost never mentions it, but it's apparently a touchy subject. (And since he's a dwarf, that makes it the human equivalent of losing your hair in kindergarten.)
* PsychicStatic: Durkon is attempting this against [[spoiler:the High Priest of Hel possessing him. It doesn't ''seem'' to be working, not yet at least.]]
* ReviveKillsZombie: Uses this to great effect against Malack.
* TheReliableOne: Even a paranoid loon like Miko trusts him implicitly.
* ReligionIsMagic: Comes standard with being a cleric.
* ShockAndAwe: "Thor's Lightning!"
* {{Sizeshifter}}: "Thor's Might!"
* StaticCharacter: Lampshaded in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0647.html "Be Prepared"]]. [[spoiler:Averted after his vampirization.]]
* StraightMan: Shares the role with Roy.
* TragicMonster: [[spoiler:As of comic #878, Durkon was forcibly turned into a vampire by someone he considered a friend]]. Even more so as of #946. [[spoiler:Durkon isn't even in control, the vampire servant of Hel is. And Durkon is both a prisoner in his own body and an ''unwilling accessory'' to its crimes, since he cannot resist it enough to prevent it from ransacking his memories.]]
* TurnUndead: His power as a cleric. He sometimes gets over-enthusiastic with it.
* WallMaster: With the "Meld into Stone" spell.
* WeaponOfChoice: A warhammer, shield and cleric spells; likely Thor's influence.
* WhatWouldXDo: "What Would Thor Do?" is a question he asks himself frequently in the beginning. In practice, not as applicable as one might hope considering that Thor is a mighty god and he is a mid-level dwarf cleric.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: He has a deep fear of trees. Truly irrational in this case as he thinks they have a conspiracy of some kind and want to take over the world. He justifies this with his patron Thor striking them with lightning.
* WillNotTellALie: Though he will bend the truth by using ExactWords.
-->'''Durkon:''' I count "able to be picked by a rogue" as a pretty major defect, aye?
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: A prophecy states that Durkon's return to his home would destroy the dwarven homelands. To keep this from happening, the higher-ups sent him off on a SnipeHunt and told him not to return until they called for him. Which Durkon never does, because he's just that lawful. [[spoiler:However, the higher-ups neglected to tell their successors about the prophecy. Durkon can now return whenever he wants, though the message telling him so [[PoorCommunicationKills was eaten by the Monster in the Darkness without realizing what it was]].]] Though according to the Oracle, [[spoiler:he will be returning. Posthumously. The funny thing is, when he found that out, he was actually happy to learn that his body would be returned home, presumably for an honorable burial]]. The whole situation becomes even darker than it already was when you realize that [[spoiler:being said to return somewhere "posthumously" doesn't mean the first prophecy won't come true. There's also the fact that returning as a vampire can also count as posthumously. And now that it's been revealed that Durkon's under the control of the High Priest of Hel... it gets even WORSE]].
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[[folder:Blackwing]]
!!Blackwing
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->''"I prefer to think of myself as a super-advanced flying stealth dinosaur."''

->'''Species:''' Raven\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Alignment:''' TrueNeutral

Vaarsuvius's raven familiar. V ignored Blackwing for years, and in fact never even named him -- it was Haley who gave the bird its less-than-original moniker. For most of the comic's run, Blackwing just disappears until V remembers needing him, but now [[TheAtoner V is trying to make up for the years of neglect]], while Blackwing acts as the elf's much-needed conscience.
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* {{Adorkable}}: Half his appeal is just how much of a dork he is. When V informs him that her back-up plan for protecting The Mechane is polymorphing him into a gigantic Roc, he's torn between outrage and giddy anticipation. When V confirms s/he will not sit on Blackwing's shoulder and pretend to be his familiar, he decides on outrage.
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:Blackwing never made a deal with the Fiends, but his soul is still connected to Vaarsuvius'. As such, he's [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0897.html dragged down to hell]] along with Vaarsuvius when the Fiends call in their deal.]]
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: He ''is'' still a raven, after all, and tends to fixate on shiny objects at [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0677.html inopportune times]]. Also, Blackwing's first reaction to V being turned into a lizard is to [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0178.html try to eat him/her]].
-->'''Blackwing:''' Wait a second, is that a bauble? I could use a shiny new bauble.
* {{Badass}}: Doesn't have the forward attacking power of Bloodfeast or even Mr. Scruffy, but utilizes his great maneuverability to stay alive physically while gathering useful information by engaging in banter with his opponents. No other member of the order is as good at it as he is.
* ChekhovsGunman: Early in the comic he only appears in order to be involved in jokes about arcane casters neglecting or abusing their familiars. Then [[spoiler:O-Chul and Vaarsuvius need someone who can fly as part of their plan to destroy Xykon's phylactery]], and he gets a promotion to one of the main cast.
* TheConscience: To Vaarsuvius. He helps the elf hold their temper and calls him/her out on his/her shit.
* DarkIsNotEvil: An aversion of CreepyCrows, he may be a black bird, but he's definitely one of the good guys.
* DeadpanSnarker: He's obviously taking hints from his wizard.
* DisembodiedEyebrows: Blackwing has the same range of eyebrow expressions as other characters, but being quite small those brows appear above his head.
* DramaQueen: [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0937.html Sometimes.]]
-->'''Vaarsuvius:''' You are not injured. You have a slight smudge of dirt on three of your feathers.\\
'''Blackwing:''' LO, THE ICY TALONS OF DEATH APPROACH!\\
(''V sighs'')
* {{Familiar}}: Ignored for hundreds of strips, until he helped almost save the world, at which point he became a full-fledged character.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: As the above quote shows, he's proud of his heritage.
* FeatherFingers: Although he doesn't manipulate anything with his wings, he often gestures with them (even while flying), most commonly to "raise a finger" or point at someone.
* FireForgedFriends: His relationship with Vaarsuvius becomes this at [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0672.html the end of the "Don't Split the Party" arc]].
* {{Flight}}: He's a bird. Although strangely, he suffers from airsickness while on an airship, which puzzles Vaarsuvius.
* GoodCounterpart: [[spoiler:To Qarr because Qarr is a treacherous familar while he himself is loyal]].
* MinorInjuryOverreaction: A little while after being blasted with... whatever psionic power Laurin used on him, he later reacts that way. See the quote under DramaQueen.
* MoralityPet: Offers guidance to Vaarsuvius to try and avoid a repeat of past transgressions. It must be effective on some level, as [[spoiler:Qarr's immediate priority on crossing paths with the Order again is to try and get Blackwing out of the way]].
* NonHumanSidekick: A raven for an elf.
* NotNowKiddo: V doing it to Blackwing. [[spoiler:Turns out that elf is Zz'dtri in disguise, and he ambushes them shortly thereafter]].
-->'''Blackwing:''' Hey, was that elf glaring at you?\\
'''Vaarsuvius:''' Now is not the time.
* NotSoImaginaryFriend: Played with; the rest of the party doesn't remember him, so they think V is casting an illusion of a raven.
* ParrotPetPosition: Starting with book 5, since he now longer disappears when not needed, he is frequently riding on V's shoulder.
* PsychicLink: With Vaarsuvius; it's part of the familiar thing.
* RememberTheNewGuy:
** Played with. The rest of the Stick members forgot V ever had a familiar to begin with because of their neglect, including Haley, who named him Blackwing in the first place. This leads to them thinking V has an illusion on their shoulder, infuriating the elf to no end.
--->'''Blackwing:''' Now that you feel my pain, the healing can begin.
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0943.html Strip #943]] reveals that Haley ''is'' aware of Blackwing. Elan not so much.
--->'''Haley:''' I'm the one who named you! I was just busting V's chops before.
* SarcasticDevotee: Since they mended their differences, he's a loyal familiar for his wizard, but never shy from calling out the elf's mistakes.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0440.html "Screw THAT! You're on your own, mammal!"]]
* SoProudOfYou: To V in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0920.html "No Running, No Hiding"]]. V tolerates it, though still feels too guilty to deserve praise.
* {{Squee}}: Is ''really'' [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0934.html excited]] about Vaarsuvius and Laurin fighting.
-->'''Blackwing:''' Ooooooo! Caster fight! Caster fight!\\
'''Vaarsuvius:''' Shush.\\
'''Blackwing:''' ''[-[[StageWhisper (casterfight!)]]-]''
* TalkingAnimal: A trait for raven familiars, though before he refused to talk in anything but his native raven given V's mistreatment of him, and therefore only communicated in caws and through V's empathic link.
-->'''Vaarsuvius:''' I thought you said that speaking in Common was demeaning!\\
'''Blackwing:''' No, I said that speaking to ''you'' in Common was demeaning. Try not to remind me why.
* TypicalCartoonAnimalColors: Raven with yellow beak and feet.
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[[folder:Mr. Scruffy]]
!!Mr. Scruffy
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->''"Meow?"''

->'''Species:''' Cat\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Alignment:''' TrueNeutral
%% Alignment confirmed by Word of the Giant.

An ordinary white cat, at first Lord Shojo's pampered pet. He is then adopted by Belkar and becomes his animal companion.
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* ArtEvolution: The cat originally had black "stick figure" legs like other animals; only later (after the fall of Azure City) did the legs get depicted as white lines.
* BerserkButton: Just as threatening Mr. Scruffy will set off Belkar, threatening Belkar will set off Mr. Scruffy. If you're ''lucky,'' you might be able to keep your intestines.
* CatsAreMean: Averted. He's usually sweet... unless you threaten Belkar.
* FluffyTheTerrible: His name isn't exactly terrifying, but he's more than capable of disembowelling someone in one attack.
* EvilDetectingDog: Hisses at [[spoiler:Durkon]]; it's unclear whether this is because [[spoiler:he's now a vampire or because he previously fed off Belkar]]. He's perfectly OK with Belkar's evilness.
* FormallyNamedPet: ''Mister''.
* GoodCounterpart: To Sir Scraggly.
* HeadPet: To Yukyuk, while the latter is dominated.
* TheHedonist: He doesn't want much from life, as his idea of a perfect world is to simply have his tummy endlessly stroked by Lord Shojo and to be fed an infinite supply of fishes by Belkar. In short, [[CaptainObvious he's a cat]].
* KillerRabbit: Proved in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0780.html "The Duel Everyone's Been Waiting For"]], and justified by ''D&D'' 3.5 rules. [[ScratchDamage All successful attacks deal at least one point of damage]], and [[http://www.d20srd.org/srd/monsters/cat.htm cats get up to three a round]]. An [=EL1=] encounter of four stray cats [[DeathOfAThousandCuts can easily wipe out most 1st level adventurers]] (with actual class levels!) in a single round, especially if the cats use their insane racial stealth bonuses to launch a surprise attack. This is why 1st level commoners don't walk down alleyways at night. That's dangerous enough on its own, but Mr. Scruffy in particular is the animal companion to a high-level ranger, making him even deadlier.
* LoyalAnimalCompanion: Belkar's ranger animal companion.
* MoralityPet: For Belkar... though he's still ChaoticEvil, only a little bit less so.
* RightHandCat: To Lord Shojo, and then Belkar.
* SuperStrength: Briefly, when the belt of Giant Strength fell on him.
* TeamPet: Because Belkar adopted him, he is this for the Order.
* TimmyInAWell: With Durkon, in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0732.html "The Papers Chase"]].
* TookALevelInBadass: Went from a pampered, probably overweight (given what Lord Shojo counts as "table scraps") pet to the lean (after weeks of living on rice and the occasional salted fish), deadly dangerous animal companion of a ranger. Just contrast his original reaction to his old master getting killed (to flee in panic, a natural reflex) with his fierce attacks in response to anyone threatening or hurting Belkar. The stat bonuses he got for becoming an animal companion certainly helped.
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[[folder:Bloodfeast the Extreme-inator]]
!!Bloodfeast the Extreme-inator
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->'''Species:''' ''Allosaurus''\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Alignment:''' TrueNeutral

Belkar's ''Allosaurus'', seized from the Empire of Blood's army.
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* AndroclesLion: It is well-disposed toward Belkar because [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0784.html the halfling freed it]] to [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0922.html rampage and feast on Empire soldiers]].
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Named by Belkar.
* BalefulPolymorph: [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0926.html Turned into a lizard]] thanks to Miron. It makes it handily transportable.
* ChekhovsGunman: After its first appearance at the coliseum, you wouldn't expect it to show again, and yet it does, in a big way.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: One thing Belkar agrees on with Elan -- as long as it's a vicious carnivore.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: As a lizard.
* TyrannosaurusRex: Close enough. It's notably bigger than a legit ''Allosaurus'' should be (which can be explained by the ''D&D'' rules for improving monsters).
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[[folder:'''Spoiler Character''']]
!!High Priest of Hel
->''"Service is my sole purpose, my lady."''

->'''Race:''' Vampire (spirit controlling a dead dwarf)\\
'''Gender:''' Unknown (acts male)\\
'''Class:''' Cleric\\
'''Alignment:''' LawfulEvil

A spirit sent by the goddess Hel to control Durkon's corpse as a vampire. It has access to all of Durkon's memories, and is fooling the Order into believing Durkon is just a FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire.
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* AndIMustScream: In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0946.html "It's What's Inside That Counts"]], it's revealed that Durkon's spirit is trapped helplessly inside his vamped body, and something else entirely is in control.
* {{Animorphism}}: As a vampire, he can take some animal alternate forms. The bat form was already witnessed.
* BodySnatcher: He can possess someone's body and force it to do his bidding.
* CameBackStrong: Uses his newfound vampiric SuperStrength to effortlessly defeat two members of the Linear Guild with a SimpleStaff, and to snap Zz'dtri's neck one-handed.
* CameBackWrong: Not only is he a vampire, but he was purposely kept under a Thrall effect for a number of strips. After being freed, he also shows a far more ruthless personality, though he still considers the rest of the Order his TrueCompanions... or so he claims. As of #946: Vampire!Durkon has been revealed to be a creation of Hel overpowering the old Durkon, and, as her hand in the world, is intent on "ruining the world" and Thor. Wrong, indeed.
* CombatMedic: He has a slew of deadly spells while retaining some of Durkon's healing powers.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: He's got access to Durkon's memories and uses them a lot more effectively than Durkon does. Using his knowledge of clerical magic, he's figured out how to make Thor stop a storm Thor had sent to: By casting Control Weather, Thor will either have to allow him to stop the storm (a feat that would normally be reserved for Thor's priests, since weather is part of his domain) or break a standing truce between the gods, which will allow Hel to back out of her end of the truce, withholding clerical magic that would stop diseases, cure poisons, or resurrect the dishonored dead.
* DarkIsEvil: As of #946, Vampire!Durkon is proven to be really in control, and he plans to commit a lot of brutal, senseless murder in his goddess's name. He's only ''pretending'' to be AffablyEvil.
* DaywalkingVampire: Thanks to Malack's ''Protection from Daylight'' spell. He still has charges remaining in the staff he obtained from Malack, and later learns to cast it himself,
* DemonicPossession: The dominant personality seems to be a spirit native to Hel's divine realm.
* TheDragon: For Hel in her scheme to destroy the Dwarven lands and get revenge on Thor.
* EvilAllAlong: For a while he was written as if he was actually the real Durkon, just vampirised. Then TheReveal comes round that he is actually not Durkon at all, but an evil entity controlling his body and pretending to be him.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Whilst looking over Durkon's childhood memories of love, affection, and admiration, the vampire can only express a desire to "yarf." Somewhat justified: it is comprised of negative material energy.
* FaceMonsterTurn: Subverted. The monster is its own beast entirely, with Durkon himself not affected besides being in an AndIMustScream. It is simply allowing the Order to ''believe'' this is not the case.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Thanks to its access to Durkon's memories, the spirit pretends to be the same old lovable Durkon, except with an unfortunate forced alignment change, when in reality, the spirit is a malign creature with no loyalty to the Order, and plotting to carry out great evil.
* {{Flight}}: Thanks to his bat shape (and he may still have access to Wind Walk).
* FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire: After being freed from Malack, he affects this behavior around the Order. He claims he's evil, but not more so than Belkar, and is thus still helping the Order save the world. As of #946 we find out it's a façade, and he's no longer Durkon at all.
* HealingHands: Inverted, since all vampire clerics channel negative energy. He can still heal, but they won't be on-the-spot conversions whenever he wants.
* HealingFactor: He has a vampire's ''fast healing'' powers, so he doesn't need to spend healing spells on himself anymore. Notably, in the strip where Belkar shanks him in the chin, it's regenerated before the end.
* HighPriest: Of Hel, though this also means he's most likely the ''only'' priest of Hel, and the amount to which it extends as a position is unknown.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: He kills Zz'dtri by breaking his neck after he realizes that the Order of the Stick will be more helpful towards him in reaching the dwarvern homelands. Since Zz'dtri enjoyed turning people into stone and was willing to kill his own comrade to save his own skin....
* MadeOfEvil: He is, by his own admission, composed entirely of negative energy.
* MagicStaff: He keeps Malack's, after the latter gets smoked by Nale and Zz'dtri. He uses it as a melee weapon.
* TheMedic: Since vampire clerics channel '''negative''' energy, it's going to be a bit harder for him to heal his companions without ahead-of-time preparation.
* TheMole: For Hel, in the Order of the Stick.
* MorphicResonance: Even when transformed into a bat, he keeps his beard.
* NoNameGiven: He doesn't have an actual name, just his title.
* NotHimself: The most reliable way to see that this is ''not'' Durkon, even a corrupt Durkon, but rather something else entirely is that he has absolutely none of Durkon's FunetikAksent, and sometimes slips in moments of high stress.
* OhCrap: His reaction to finding out Thor is onto him.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Occasionally slips up on Durkon's "ridiculous" accent, but no characters have shown to realize this but himself.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: He is a dark spirit, keeping the soul of the real Durkon chained inside his own mind.
* OutOfCharacterAlert: Durkon would not have the Control Weather spell prepared, and this adds fuel to Belkar's fire that the vampire is not him. In addition, Belkar questions the specific use of the spell: Durkon, as a priest of Thor, wouldn't need to resort to a spell, he could simply pray to Thor, as Bandana's cleric of Adad was doing before the Mechane crossed into Northern Lands (where Thor, not Adad, controls them)
* OverlyNarrowSuperlative: He's the High Priest of Hel... because he's the ''only'' priest of Hel.
* PaintItBlack: Upon being vampirized by Malack, beyond a vampire's complexion his armor turns quite dark and his beard gray.
* PaletteSwap: When talking to Durkon inside their shared mind, he appears as a monochrome version of the dwarf.
* PsychicAssistedSuicide: He uses his vampiric gaze to make Belkar jump off the ''Mechane''. Doesn't take.
* PunchClockVillain: Apparently, [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0962.html he doesn't like his job being in Durkon any more than Durkon does]].
* RedEyesTakeWarning: His eyes turn red when he reawakens as a vampire.
* ReforgedIntoAMinion: After Malack defeats him, he makes Durkon into a vampire thrall. As it turns out, he's actually ''Hel's'' minion.
* ScarsAreForever: It looks like his vampiric HealingFactor won't do anything about the bite marks that killed Durkon.
* SimpleStaff: He uses Malack's staff instead of Durkon's warhammer and shield.
* TastesLikeDiabetes: [[invoked]] The Priest's reaction to Durkon's childhood memories with his mother.
* TookALevelInDumbass: Just after being vampirised -- since he's effectively a newborn person in an adult's body -- he has to be reminded not to always talk at full volume, blunders into full sunlight and doesn't realize that the "sorry, your Gate is in another pyramid" message is no longer relevant when the Gate is blown up... in the pyramid they just left. He gets better after Malack is killed and he's released from his thrall.
* TurnUndead: As a vampire cleric, it's likely this effect will now bolster[=/=]rebuke[=/=]command undead instead.
* UndyingLoyalty: Nope. The newly raised Durkon is his own beast entirely. He is simply pretending to be the old Durkon so that the order will accept him, allowing him to claim the gate for Hel. However, played straight with his goddess thus far.
* UngratefulBastard: After he is freed by Nale and Zz'dtri, he attacks the former and kills the latter.
* WalkingSpoiler: On two levels. First, the very fact that Durkon is a vampire is a major spoiler for late in Book 5, ''Blood Runs in the Family''. Second is the fact that this being is ''not'' Durkon, but is commandeering his corpse as a vampire with him stuck in an AndIMustScream situation.
* WeaponOfChoice: Malack's staff.
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