''The Wizard of Id'' is a daily newspaper comic strip created by American cartoonists Brant Parker and Johnny Hart. Beginning in 1964, the strip follows the antics of a large cast of characters in a shabby medieval kingdom called "Id". From time to time, the King refers to his subjects as "Idiots". (The title is a play on ''{{The Wizard of Oz}}'', combined with the Freudian psychological term Id, which represents the instinctive and primal part of the human psyche.)

''The Wizard of Id'' deals with the goings-on of the run-down and oppressed mythical kingdom of Id. It follows people from all corners of the kingdom, but concentrates on the court of a tyrannical dwarfish monarch known only as "the King". The cast is large for a daily cartoon strip, and there are recurring jokes for a variety of continuing characters and for the kingdom itself.

While it's set a thousand years ago, the strip's humor occasionally satirizes modern American culture, and deliberate anachronisms are rampant. Technology changes to suit whatever a gag requires; a battle with spears and arrows might be followed by a peasant using an ATM. The general trend is that even though the personalities of the characters are well known, their surroundings will morph to allow a good joke. For instance, in some strips the King is curiously elected to his monarchial position(albeit through rigged ballots), no thanks to the Duke suggesting while drunk the first time it happened that they hold an election which became an annual event. The aspects that stay the same, however, are that Id is in the middle of nowhere, home to a large castle surrounded by a moat. The King and his subjects run an inept army perpetually at war with "the Huns", while the unhappy, overtaxed peasants(or Idiots) make little money as farmers and stablehands to keep modest lifestyles.

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!!The strip contains examples of:

* TheAlcoholic: Bung the Jester
* AnachronismStew
* AsianBuckTeeth: One strip features a stereotypical Asian person (in order to do a JapaneseRanguage joke); he has the big teeth.
* AsideGlance: In seemingly every single strip.
* BadNewsInAGoodWay: The King, aware that his useless knight Sir Rodney is bringing news of his defeat, reminds him of the old Roman custom in which the [[KillTheMessenger bearer of bad tidings was put to death]]. A sweating Rodney replies with the 'joyous' news that one of the King's more awful provinces with its rebellious peasants, stinking swamps (etc, etc) has been given to the Huns to worry about.
* BalconySpeech
* BearerOfBadNews: See BadNewsInAGoodWay
* BewitchedAmphibians: Several different variations over the years, including one that goes something like this:
-->'''Frog:''' Alas! A wicked witch has turned me into a frog!\\
'''Passerby:''' You used to be a prince?\\
'''Frog:''' No, a tadpole.
* BookSafe: The lawyer uses his thick lawbooks to store drink.
* BreakOutTheMuseumPiece: A group of the King's soldiers dashes into an old war museum.
-->'''Guards:''' We need that catapult over there!
-->'''Curator:''' More budget cuts?
* ChainLetter
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The King(the back of one of the books calls him King Id), The Wizard, Turnkey, the Duke, Lackey, and many others.
* ExactWords: This example -
--> '''Man:''' I want a potion that will add forty years to my life!
--> '''Wizard:''' Try this.
--> ''(Drinks it - flash - man is now old and bent)''
--> '''Old Man:''' ...Let me rephrase that.
** And another instance where Sir Rodney is participating in an archery tournament.
--> '''Rodney:''' Give me a potion that will make me hit the bull's eye.
--> '''Wizard:''' Here. [Gives potion]
--> [Rodney Drinks potion and proceeds to take his shot]
--> [BAM]
--> [Cut to Rodney now impaled halfway through the target].
* FrankensteinsMonster: Abra Cadaver
* GagNose: Sir Rodney
* GoYeHeroesGoAndDie
* GreasySpoon
* HappyHarlequinHat: Bung always wears one.
* IAteWhat: One strip had the King touring the kitchens. He tastes something in a pot, spits out and yells "You call that soup?!". One of the chefs replies "No, I call it dishwater".
* JailBake
* JapaneseRanguage: A stereotypical Asian gets tossed into the prison, and strikes up a conversation with perennial inmate Spook. The Asian remarks that he's hungry, and would "rike big dish of flied lice". Spook tells him the food's bad enough already, don't go giving them ideas...
* JimHenson: He once created a puppet show based on ''The Wizard of Id''.
* JustLikeRobinHood: Robbing Hood carries this to absurdity. The ex-poor he gives to can expect him to come back and rob THEM now that they are rich.
* LovableCoward: Sir Rodney
* MisterBig: The King
* TheNapoleon: The King
* NinjaProp
* OverlyLongName: Spook's full name is Wellington J. Farnsworth Spookingdorf the Third.
* ParodyMagicSpell: The Wizard's signature all-purpose spell is "Frammin' on the jim-jam, frippin' at the krotz!" Cartoonists Parker and Hart derived this from the Chris Sharp jazz instrumental, "Frimmin' on the Jim-Jam."
* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad: An old strip had the King of Id threatening to imprison anyone caught telling ethnic jokes. When Rodney quips, "We don't have a Chinaman's chance of making that stick," the next panel shows Rodney in the dungeon.
* PrisonEscapeArtist: The Spook is always escaping, but he's always caught again soon afterwards, usually because his plan backfired on him.
* RealJokeName: The former TropeNamer with the unfortunately named Mulligan the Headsman.
* RoadApples: The primary duty of the stablehands is a RunningGag.
* SaintBernardRescue
* SharkPool: The moat around the castle filled with {{Stock Ness Monster}}s.
* ShoutOut: [[http://www.creators.com/comics/wizard-of-id/113363.html Trouble with bandits]]? Cast [[Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids Summon Bigger Fish]].
* SmithicalMarriage: Subverted. The couple are married and named Smith, and the wife suggests using a different name because they always get sniggered at.
* StealthPun: A visitor to the untrustworthy King's castle notices that the King's flag consists of a pair of black X's on a white background. The visitor asks for the name of this emblem. The king moves on to another pun before it mentioned the king is represented by [[spoiler: Double Crosses]].
* StockNessMonster: The moat monsters
* TimeForPlanB: The King asks his knight Rodney why the battle plan is called Plan B instead of Plan A. Rodney replies that they always end up having to go to Plan B anyway.
* TrashcanBonfire: In the [[http://www.gocomics.com/wizardofid/2011/09/10#mutable_667356 comic for September 10th, 2011]].
* TunnelKing: The Spook. He can tunnel out of prison relatively easy, he just can't keep from getting caught again
* UnsoundEffect
* UnwillingSuspension: Usually a prisoner ends up hanging from his wrist chains.
* VoteEarlyVoteOften
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