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[[caption-width:400:Playing with your toys has never been this epic.]]

During WorldWarII, a young boy is kidnapped by the Boogeyman and held hostage in the Dark, the Boogeyman's domain. A handful of brave toys venture into the Dark in order to save him. However, they need to fight hordes of bitter, vengeful, discarded toys who have every intention of serving the Boogeyman and no intention on letting the boy go. And apparently, the Dark turns everything into the DarkerAndEdgier version of itself, including our heroes.

It's pretty much ''Literature/TheBookOfLostThings'' meets WesternAnimation/ToyStory.

''The Stuff of Legend'' is an independent comic book series that was published in 2009. The next volume of the series is expected to hit shelves in spring 2010.

Disney is planning a film adaptation, of which will mix CGI and live-action.


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!!This series also provides examples of:
* [[spoiler: AnyoneCanDie]]:[[spoiler: The Colonel. In the first issue, no less!]]
* ActionGirl: the Princess and Rebecca.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: The Jester and Quackers have serious crushes on the Princess and Rose respectively. [[IceQueen Neither one has reciprocated.]]
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: The clay monsters, at least as far as the General is concerned.
* AmazonBrigade: The Doll Kingdom, complete with a DoesNotLikeMen attitude.
* AnAxeToGrind: The Jester's WeaponOfChoice.
* AxCrazy: Homer and the Laughing Ghost, the latter especially. Also what the Boogeyman is at heart.
* TheBerserker: Jester
* {{Badass}}: Max. Anya, and King Vlad.
* BadassNative: The Princess and her "people".
* BigBad: The Boogeyman, with his stealing the boy being what prompts his toys to go into the Dark World in the first place.
* [[spoiler: BreakingTheFellowship: What happens to the boy's toys at the end of Book 2]]
* CainAndAbel: The Jester and the Laughing Ghost.
* CatsAreMean: UpToEleven with Anya, who is a sadistic SmugSnake with serious FantasticRacism towards all non-Animal toys, even ones who aren't doing anything to her.
* ColonelBadass: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Colonel]].
* CoolMask: The Jester's mask. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, it gets broken in half after the Dark Jester fires a cannon at his "brother"]].
* TheCorrupter: The Boogeyman was this to the General and Homer, and is trying to be one to Percy as well.
* DarkIsEvil: The Boogeyman, being a creature [[CastingAShadow with control and command over shadows]] and living in a place called "The Dark".
* [[spoiler: DeathEqualsRedemption: For the General, who before his death admits that he's glad the boy's toys escaped and says that he should have never left them.]]
* DualWielding: The Jester does this [[AnAxeToGrind with hand-axes]]
* EldritchAbomination: The Boogeyman. The clay monsters are also seen as this in-universe by the General.
* {{Expy}}: The Boogeyman is kind of evocative of Emperor Palpatine, being a pure evil BigBad who looks like [[EvilOldFolks a creepy old man]] in a BlackCloak, is FauxAffablyEvil, and an unrepentant sadist and manipulator.
** The Laughing Ghost is one of the SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker
* EvilCounterpart / ShadowArchetype: The Laughing Ghost to his "brother".
** The General could also be seen as one to the Colonel, as both are military-type toys that have each spent time as the Boy's favorite. But while the Colonel has UndyingLoyalty to the boy, the General [[FaceHeelTurn was corrupted by the Boogeyman.]]
* ExecutiveMeddling: Initially the story was set in the modern day, but an editor suggested that the toys be more "classic."
* FaceHeelTurn: The General used to be one the boy's favorite toys but after being lost and forgotten, threw his lot in with the Boogeyman.
* FantasticRacism: The "Animal" toys in the dark have nothing but contempt for non-animal toys, and when our heroes go into "The Jungle", the animal toys hunt them for sport.
* FauxAffablyEvil: The Boogeyman seems genuinely polite and friendly in spite of his villainy, but its frequently shown to just be a facade, and he shows his true nature readily enough.
* FiveManBand
** TheHero: The Colonel
** TheLancer: Jester
** TheSmartGuy: Percy
** TheBigGuy: Max
** TheChick: Harmony
** TagalongKid: Quackers
** TeamPet: Scout
*** As of issue 2, with the exception of [[spoiler: the Colonel]], team dynamics haven't shifted yet.
* FourEyesZeroSoul: The Mayor of Hopscotch initially, [[TookALevelInKindness but he gets better eventually.]]
* FourStarBadass: The General.
* FreudianExcuse: Anya is the way she is [[LoveMakesYouEvil because the Boogeyman's forces took her lover from her.]] The boogeyman's forces' persecution of the animals is also the reason for their own FantasticRacism towards the boy's toys.
** [[spoiler: Also the reason Max let the Boogeyman into the boy's room in the first place was to get rid of the dog that was stealing his place as the boy's favorite.]]
* TheGoodKing: Vlad, the original king of the beasts.
* GoryDiscretionShot: [[spoiler: Homer's savagely beating the General to death is not shown in full. We only hear the sounds of his bat striking the General's head]]
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: [[spoiler: How the Colonel dies]]
* [[HeWhoFightsMonsters She Who Fights Monsters]]: Anya's hatred of the Boogeyman's forces for taking her lover from her, while understandable, has consumed her to such a degree that she now takes outright sadistic pleasure in hunting humanoid toys for sport. Even ones who aren't even affiliated with the Boogeyman like the boy's toys.
* TheHeart: Harmony.
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: [[spoiler: The General was planning to defect from the Boogeyman's forces after the toys retreat into the Jungle, but is beaten to death by Homer before he has a chance.]]
* HeelFaceTurn / TookALevelInKindness: The Mayor of Hopscotch after being shown both trust and kindness by the Jester.
* HeroesLoveDogs: Mostly played straight with the exception of Max, who hates the dog. [[spoiler: We later learn that this hated and jealousy caused him to let the Boogeyman into the boy's room in the first place.]]
* IceQueen: The Princess, but Jester's been working hard to try and get her to defrost.
** Same with Rose and her relationship with Quackers.
** Also Rebecca to an extent by way of being an IronLady.
* InsufferableGenius: Percy, and [[TookALevelInJerkass he only gets worse as the story progresses]]
* TheIronLady: Rebecca.
* IronicName: The original king of the Beasts was [[TheGoodKing a good king]] but was named [[UsefulNotes/VladTheImpaler Vlad]].
* ItsAllAboutMe: Percy is typically incredibly self-centered, often worries only about himself, and frequently makes clear his belief that the Boy's Toys should abandon their mission and save themselves.
* {{Jerkass}}: Percy, Homer, Anya and Artic.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Max.
* KickTheDog: [[spoiler: The Princess' cruel and callous reception to the Jester who had come so far to reunite with her out of his love for her. Possibly a case of BreakHisHeartToSaveHim though.]]
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: The Colonel, the Serpent, the General, and the Laughing Ghost]]. Subverted with [[spoiler: The Jester]].
* KnightInShiningArmor: What the General used to be before joining the Boogeyman. The Jester also qualifies mostly based on his chivalrous attitude towards the Princess.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Anya's all-consuming hatred of non-animal toys is because the Boogeyman's forces took her lover from her.
* ManipulativeBastard: The Boogeyman.
* TheMole: [[spoiler: Percy becomes one to the Boogeyman]], though its ambiguous whether or not he's still one.
* MonsterClown: The Laughing Ghost in spades.
* MoodSwinger: The Boogeyman, which only makes him all the more creepy.
* NeverMyFault: Percy.
* NiceGuy: Monty the Cymbal-Monkey is by far one of the nicest toys in the entire story.
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler: The Jester, despite having a cannon fired at him by the Dark Jester, is revealed to still be alive in Book 4]]
* PosthumousCharacter: Vlad, the original King of the Beasts, was killed by the General years ago.
* [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Warrior Race Girl]]: The Princess. To her annoyance none of the male humanoid characters seem to pick up on this with the exception of the Colonel.
* QuirkyTown: Hopscotch.
* SeparatedAtBirth: Sort of. The Jester and the Laughing Ghost joined the Boy's family at the same time, packaged as a pair. But the Laughing Ghost was broken and stuffed into the closet, causing him to become lost in the Dark World.
* SeriousBusiness: Thieves are this to the Boogeyman, being something of a BerserkButton.
* ShoutOut: The original king of the beasts was a lion. [[Disney/TheLionKing A Lion King]]. He even dies like Mufasa.
* ShownTheirWork: Artist [[http://cpwilsoniii.deviantart.com/ Charles Paul Wilson III]] researched toy designs from the 1940s and earlier.
* SmugSnake: Anya and initially the Mayor of Hopscotch. The Serpent King of the Beasts is a literal example.
* SnakesAreEvil: The Serpent king of the beasts, though some of the animals were happy under his reign due to sharing his FantasticRacism views.
* TheStrategist: The General.
* SwordAndGun: The Laughing Ghost's preferred weapons.
* TalkativeLoon: The Laughing Ghost.
* TeamPet: Scout, who stays the same beagle puppy even in the Dark.
* TookALevelInBadass: Harmony's becoming less and less of a frail damsel the longer the toys are in the Dark World.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Percy, Percy, Percy...
** [[spoiler: Also the Princess in "A Jester's Tale"]]
* ThisIsUnforgivable: [[spoiler: When its revealed that Max let the Boogeyman into the boy's room to get rid of the dog, the other toys have this reaction.]]
* TragicKeepsake: [[spoiler: The Colonel's musket becomes this to the other toys after he's KilledOffForReal]]
* WeaponOfChoice: Jester ''loves'' his hatchets, but he's not AxCrazy.
** SwordAndGun for the Laughing Ghost.
* WeCanRuleTogether: The Boogeyman offers Percy the chance to never be broken (Percy is a piggy bank).
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Percy, the forgotten toys in the Dark, and to an extent the rest of the cast.
* XMeetsY: As stated above, ''Literature/TheBookOfLostThings'' meets WesternAnimation/ToyStory
* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: Subverted with the Serpent King of the Beasts. While he was evil, Anya says that not all of the beasts were unhappy under his reign.
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