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


* VancianMagic: Magic in the world of ''[=OotS=]'', naturally, follows official ''D&D'' rules... though how consistent these are is a matter of opinion. Indeed, even this is lampshaded with occasional references to "third-party supplements" and "non-core spells".
-->'''Leeky Windstaff:''' Truly, more wizards have been laid low by the writings of Creator/JackVance than by any single villain.
* VegetarianVampire:
** Downplayed. [[spoiler:Malack]] feeds on the runoff from all the executed prisoners, but not only are they in an AllCrimesAreEqual state, but he's got no qualms against eating non-condemned people, aside from the problems involved in revealing his true nature to people, which would be disadvantageous. The excessive runoff is simply more than what he needs to survive comfortably.
** After [[spoiler:Durkon]] becomes a vampire, [[spoiler:the party decides that Durkon can feed off of them, then use his Restoration spell to undo the damage.]]
--->[[spoiler:'''Elan:''' We can get stickers saying we donated, and drink orange juice after!]]
* VillainForgotToLevelGrind: Subverted. Haley realizes that no matter how much stronger she gets, her [[TheRival personal rival]] will always get just as powerful offscreen. Later on, said rival argues against her boss who just [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim wants to kill her]], because she'd like to gain a few more levels for free.
-->'''Crystal:''' (''playing TabletopGame/{{poker}}'') Sweet! Starshine gained a level!\\
'''Jenny:''' I really need to pick a fight with a PC one of these days...
* VillainPedigree: From goblins to hobgoblins as Xykon's primary {{Mook}}s.
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:Tarquin]] begins to suffer one after the destruction of Girard's Gate, becoming increasingly frustrated at the realisation that [[spoiler:Elan is not the primary hero of the story -- and therefore, he is not the primary villain. Suddenly his carefully-calculated PragmaticVillainy devolves into an attempt to destroy the "superfluous" members of the Order at all costs, hoping to set Elan off on a revenge quest.]]
* VillainsOutShopping: Xykon's caught doing this multiple times. And inverted when Nale and Sabine dwell on what a terrible responsibility the heroes are under -- cut to them playing Parcheesi.
* VirginSacrifice: Provides the page image. When the Banjo-worshiping orc tribe prepares to sacrifice Lien, she tells them that if they're looking to make a virgin sacrifice, they'd have to travel back in time to before her Junior Prom.
-->'''Shaman Vurkle: no, banjo like girl with some experience.'''\\
'''Chief Grukgruk: better if been around block few times.'''\\
'''Lien:''' Damn it, how does my mother keep being right about this stuff?
* VisibleSilence: Plenty often, like in [[ "It's Not a Gaming Session Until Someone Quotes Monty Python"]] or [[ "O-Chul's Razor"]].
-->'''Nale:''' And finally, our team wizard, Zz'dtri.\\
'''Zz'dtri:''' ...\\
'''Nale:''' He doesn't speak much.
* VisualPun:
** From [[ one of the filler strips]]: "Comic is running late."
--->'''Rich Burlew:''' Get back here, you ungrateful...
** The Cliffport Police Department is trying to fight off Pompey's summoned centipedes, so they send in the SWAT team... who happens to be [[ heavily armored officers with flyswatters.]] SWAT team, indeed...
** {{Fox News|Channel}} is [[ an actual fox]].
** After Redcloak [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] the stupidity of the Order of the Scribble having to be ignorant about the protection of each other's gates [[DividedWeFall due to their distrust of each other]], [[ a hobgoblin presents a lampshade to him]].
** Lien claims it's ridiculous that "a superhero would just show up on a random island in the middle of nowhere", and Elan insists that it's happened before. A {{cutaway|gag}} panel shows [[Franchise/{{X-Men}} Cyclops]], with a flock of sheep, meeting [[Literature/TheOdyssey some sailors getting off a boat...]]
** In the "Beach Party" [[ wallpaper]], you can see a "horseshoe crab"... i.e. a actual horseshoe with crab legs and pincers.
** A plasma-screen television in Hell leaks blood when smashed.
* VitriolicBestBuds:
** Roy & Elan
** Roy & Julia are Vitriolic Siblings.
** V & Belkar, as seen for example in [[ "Free Experience"]].
* VoiceoverLetter: [[spoiler:Julio Scoundrél's]] farewell letter to Elan implies that's he's already left, causing Elan to lament that he didn't get to say goodbye. This, despite the fact that the guy is clearly standing directly behind him and had been reading the letter out through a tin can.
* VolleyingInsults: Julia and Roy having a [[ friendly brother-sister spat.]]
-->'''Roy:''' Why you little spoiled child--\\
'''Julia:''' {{Hero complex}}.\\
'''Roy:''' [[AttentionWhore Attention seeker]].\\
'''Julia:''' Martyr.\\
'''Roy:''' Brat.\\
'''Julia:''' Jackass!\\
'''Roy:''' Bitch!
* VomitIndiscretionShot:
** Roy getting airsick while Xykon's dragon steed is doing "evasive maneuvers".
** Belkar gets a good few dozen of these after breaking the terms of his Mark of Justice.
* VomitingCop: The rookie cop in Cliffport.

* WakingNonSequitur:
** Elan, after being stabbed by Nale and healed by Belkar from the brink of death, mumbles "Mommy... I don't wanna go to school today..."
** When Redcloak hits Hinjo with a Disintegrate spell, it's enough to knock him out but not kill him. When he's healed, he wakes up mumbling, [[NoodleIncident "I'm sorry, Uncle, I'll never take a drink from your private stash again..."]]
** Blackwing, after being hit by a trap, wakes up in [[ "The Pit of Despair"]]:
--->'''Blackwing:''' I'll be back for supper, Ma... Me an' 23 friends are gonna see if we fit into a pie...
* WallOfBlather: Vaarsuvius blathering to a dozen of goblins about the power of magic in [[ "Like Enthrall, Only Boring"]], putting them to sleep... without even using a spell.
* WallOfText: Compare the [[ first]] comics to the [[ later]] ones. Also gets [[ lampshaded]] and [[ driven to extremes]].
* WantedPoster:
** Haley has one of these as a resume, as seen in the prequel book.
** [+[[ "Nale"]]+] -- WANTED FOR MURDER, CONSPIRACY, TREASON by Empress of Blood
** [[ Ian Starshine gets his own]] [[spoiler:when framed for Gourntonk's murder by Tarquin]].
* WarIsHell: Well said, O-Chul.
-->'''O-Chul:''' This isnt the dungeon. In a war, people on the winning side still die. You might want to consider taking it somewhat seriously.
* WatchWhereYoureGoing: In [[ "When Plotlines Collide!"]], Roy and Haley smash into each other while fleeing, respectively, from a trio of ogres and a group of goblin ninjas.
* TheWatson:
** All of Redcloak's disposable hobgoblin assistants.
** The Monster in the Darkness, quite frequently, although he doesn't understand much of the explanations.
** Qarr for the IFCC.
* WeaponJr: A young Roy had a toy mockup of his family's ancestral sword, [[ as seen in a flashback]] when the real one is [[WreckedWeapon broken]].
* WeAREStrugglingTogether: [[ Played straight.]] After the hobgoblins under Xykon overrun Azure City, three resistance groups spring up. Haley leads one, but isn't working with the others, because, as she explains:
-->'''Haley:''' One group believes it was [[HeroWithBadPublicity the evil influence of the Order of the Stick]] that corrupted [[TheWisePrince their righteous leader, Hinjo]], and led to his ruin in battle. The other group thinks that Hinjo [[TheEvilPrince orchestrated Shojo's assassination personally]], and that anyone who worked too closely with him can't be trusted. Neither group is therefore at all keen on the idea of working with me. We've spent more time fighting them over supplies than we have battling hobgoblins.
* WeaselMascot: [[ Averted.]]
-->'''"Hors d'oeuvre":''' Can I be your familiar?\\
'''Miko:''' No.\\
'''"Hors d'oeuvre":''' C'mon, it will be fun. You'll be Mysterious Cloaked Avenger, and I can be your wisecracking sidekick.\\
'''Miko:''' No.
* WeHaveForgottenThePhlebotinum: In [[ "Because They Got Lonely in the Bag"]], Elan sends his and Roy's magic items to be cleaned.
* WeHaveReserves: Redcloak feels this way about his hobgoblin army, up until he realizes MyGodWhatHaveIDone.
* WeirdMoon: [[ "Monkey Do"]] has an impossible crescent moon. [[ [The Giant] WENT TO ART SCHOOL, OK?]]
* WeirdSun: In [[ "Dropping the Ball"]], the sun appears bigger as we zoom in on the Linear Guild. That's impossible for a celestial object.
* WeirdTradeUnion: The [[ Slavedriver Union Local 934]], apparently in the middle of a labor dispute over the construction of the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Empress of Blood]]'s lavish palace.
* WellIntentionedExtremist:
** Redcloak would have been one, except that his intentions aren't as noble as he convinces himself, as well.
** His god, the Dark One, certainly is.
** General Tarquin '''claims''' that the reason he's [[spoiler:trying to rule all of the Western continent via three empires and puppet rulers is to end to the chronic warfare that plagues the region. He may be lying, though.]]
--->'''Tarquin:''' What I'm trying to do is move beyond those ideas [[[WhatIsEvil of "good" and "evil"]]] into a world where no one has any reason to fight one another. But you can't make an omelet without [[{{Metaphorgotten}} ruthlessly crushing dozens of eggs beneath your steel boot and then publicly disembowling the chickens that laid them as a warning to others]].
* WentToTheGreatXInTheSky: In [[ "A Blissful Marriage"]], the wife of a dirt farmer, when reunited with him, states that she was afraid that he had went to the "Great Dirt Pile in the Sky".
* WeWereYourTeam: When Roy was unavailable to lead the Order for several months [[spoiler: due to being dead]], not only was [[NeverSplitTheParty the party split]] for unrelated reasons, but the half of the party that was not actively working on [[spoiler: getting Roy resurrected]] spent their time dithering around doing sidequests and was already breaking apart by the time Roy returned to the field.
* WhamEpisode: Enough of them to [[WhamEpisode/TheOrderOfTheStick have their own page]].
* WhamLine:
** When Roy is talking to his grandfather.
--->'''Horace Greenhilt:''' [[spoiler:Roy... You've been dead for three and a half months.]]
** When Tarquin reveals the grand history of old names for the Empire of Blood:
--->[[spoiler: ...Tyrinaria...]]
** Malack fighting Belkar.
--->'''Malack:''' [[spoiler:(''speaking in the [[BlackSpeech undead black text bubble]]'') Perhaps [[OurVampiresAreDifferent I SHOULD make more children]].]]
** Roy announcing his plan for Girard's gate.
--->'''Roy:''' [[spoiler:I'm going to destroy it.]]
** The IFCC observing V trying to alert the rest of the Order from below the gate chamber.
--->'''Cedrik:''' [[spoiler:Now.]]
* WhamShot:
** [[ The final panel of "All in the Family"]].
** The panel of [[spoiler:Nale being stabbed]] in [[ #913]].
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotHeinous: [[ Meatloaf seems to be]] SeriousBusiness in Azure City.
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: In [[ "Unexpected"]], Elan celebrates when the ''Allosaurus'' eats the anonymous soldiers instead of two {{Jerkass}} bounty hunters. "Hooray! [[NominalImportance The people whose names I know are saved!"]] Tarquin is the only person who seems to object to their deaths, because mooks "don't grow on trees, you know".
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman
* WhatTheHellHero:
** She's not technically a hero, but ''the gods themselves'' feel a need to [[ call out Miko]] on [[ doing the unspeakable]] (spoilers, duh).
** Also, Roy's Bureaucratic Deva [[ calls him out]] for abandoning Elan to the bandits, even though he did eventually come around.
** [[ Elan to V.]]
** [[ Inkyrius to V.]]
** Belkar, of all people, manages to get in on the action by [[HannibalLecture telling off]] Roy [[ for being ready to give up]].
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer:
** The wizard Vaarsuvius initially prefers arcane magic as the ultimate solution to everything -- redundant subplots, villains seeking to escape justice, giant devils from hell, or relationship problems. Vaarsuvius also originally has a blaster mentality -- despite the wide range of spells available to wizards, V's preferred solution to anything is a proportionally-sized explosion. V later briefly tries to remedy [[AmbiguousGender his/her]] attitude by limiting him/herself to support spells, but all bets are out the window once Elan gets involved. V is getting better about this, though; for example, in a recent thread where a rival caster had tailored his build to defeat Vaarsuvius, V eventually realized that brute force was not going to work in this case. V got around it by [[spoiler:using a Dominate spell on the rival's archer ally]]. [[NiceJobFixingItVillain Thanks for the advice, Xykon!]]
** Xykon is another interesting example, since he makes a huge point of this trope. Sorcerers like him are born with arcane power, as opposed to wizards, who, by his own words, have to study and crib it off of "Magic for Dummies". Mechanically, sorcerers have more spell slots and thus more blasting power but with a far more limited and static spell selection. Also, the best wizards tend to be brilliant thinkers and tacticians, while Xykon's most complicated strategies involve randomly blasting things until they die (though he sure loves to dish out the [[HannibalLecture psychological manipulation]]). With a huge grudge towards wizards for looking down on him, Xykon makes a point of proving that he's so ridiculously powerful that he doesn't need strategy. According to him, all a caster needs is "force in as great a concentration as you can manage, [[RuleOfCool and style]]. [[CombatPragmatist And in a pinch, style can slide]]", because there's a level of raw power no amount of tactics can overcome.
** Elan, when all he can create as illusions are girls or puppies. [[ Though he runs once into a situation where girls work quite well.]] Interestingly, in that situation puppies would probably have worked just as well.
** Not surprisingly at all, it is also the case with Thor, for whom LightningCanDoAnything.
* WhiteSheep: The teenage goblins in Dorukan's dungeon.
* WhosOnFirst:
** [[ The first iteration]] hinges on the two definitions of level (the floor of a building vs the experience of a ''D&D'' character). It's worth noting that this exact example is invoked in no less a book than the 1st Edition ''D&D'' Player's Handbook.
** [[ "Who's on the Throne?"]] has the strangely-named countries of Somewhere, Nowhere and Anywhere (and the democracy of Someplace Else). The confusion over the King of Somewhere with a hotel employee leads to Roy being [[MistakenForSpecialGuest mistaken for a king]].
** In [[ "Negative Feelings"]], Xykon and Recloak have a little trouble discussing a paladin leader named Soon.
--->'''Xykon:''' So, any ideas on how we should fight 'Stache boy, whoever he is?\\
'''Redcloak:''' Soon.\\
'''Xykon:''' I'd prefer to know ''now'', thanks.\\
'''Redcloak:''' No. I mean, that's his ''name''.
** ''Start of Darkness'' has an exchange between Redcloak and Right-Eye, with Redcloak talking about the werebears his goblins are fighting and Right-Eye wanting to know where the bears are.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes:
** Durkon's fear of trees.
** While O-Chul says the line, he isn't actually afraid of sharks despite his captors repeatedly trying to feed him to them for their personal entertainment. Justified as he is a paladin, and therefore his class features render him immune to fear.
** Thog is scared of pretty girls. Haley is offended to learn she doesn't count.
* WhyWontYouDie: [[ Xykon in the Azure throne room.]]
-->'''Xykon:''' Why won't you DIE AGAIN, you stupid friggin' ghost-things?!?
* WifeBasherBasher: Haley satisfies any guilt she might have felt for killing her former colleagues in the Thieves' Guild by reminding herself of their [[KickTheDog less salubrious personality traits]]. One of them is a wife-beater.
* WingdingEyes: X = dead. Abused in canon by Celia, who paints X's on Belkar and Haley's eyes so they can pass for corpses.
* {{Winged Humanoid}}s: Celia, Sabine, Enor, and a few miscellaneous Celestials from time to time. Also Kilkil the kobold.
* WithDueRespect:
** In [[ "Learn to Play it Right"]], persuading Hinjo that he should leave, his city having already passed InItsHourOfNeed, even though...
--->'''Daigo:''' Sir, I know it isn't really my place to say, but...
** The Bureaucratic Deva to Eugene in [[ "Their Concierge Service is Heavenly"]].
--->'''Bureaucratic Deva:''' With all due respect, sir, we have a system for deciding such things -- One presided over by ACTUAL beings of pure Law and Good!
* WithFriendsLikeThese: Most of the characters to some extent, but Roy and Elan have a one-sided version of this going on.
* WizardDuel:
** In the prequel book, ''Start of Darkness'', we get to see the epic battle between Xykon and Dorukan. It mostly consists of Xykon casting [[CombatPragmatist "Energy Drain"]] over and over until Dorukan is helpless.
** Vaarsuvius [[ versus Zz'dtri of the Linear Guild.]] It isn't a particularly impressive battle, though, as Zz'dtri was able to [[NoSell effortlessly counter anything V could throw at him.]] Except Summon Lawyers.
** The duel between [[ Redcloak and the High Priest of Azure City]]. With ''[[SarcasmMode lots]]'' of [[LampshadeHanging special effects]].
** At the end if the "Don't Split the Party!" arc, V and Xykon throw down with a rather higher special effects budget. [[UnEqualRites Arcanists get all the perks...]]
** Vaarsuvius and Zz'dtri (by now a {{minmax|ing}}ed MageKiller) go at it again in the Empire of Blood arc, but this time V gets the upper hand by [[spoiler:dominating the Linear Guild's kobold rogue and using him to attack Zz'dtri with crossbows]].
** [[ Durkon vs. Malack]], reclaiming the dignity of divine spellcasters everywhere.
** The appropriately-named [[ "Caster Fight"]] showcases a duel between V and the psion Laurin. [[spoiler:V wins by pointing out that Laurin's expended a lot of power today already, while V has a ton of spells left, which prompts her to just teleport away.]]
* TheWorfEffect:
** As it turns out, none of Miko Miyazaki's attacks have any effect on the Monster In The Darkness, but his weakest attack is enough to send her flying.
** This trope is discussed by Roy in the last panel of [[ comic #736.]]
* WorldLimitedToThePlot: The comic lived by this trope until the foreshadowing at the end of book one ([[ strip #120]] in the online version). Only then, when the dungeon in which the entire plot has taken place is destroyed, do the plot and the dungeon turn out to have some relevance outside of itself. Of course, one can argue that it starts falling apart already when the heroes encounter the Linear Guild, or even when Roy's father is introduced.\\\
Later heavily deconstructed when it turns out that characters who aren't relevant enough to the plot to be named actually don't even ''[[ have]]'' names... at least not until they [[ become relevant]] to the plot.
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: Recloak delivers a [[WhamEpisode particularly memorable one]] to Tsukiko.
* WorldOfSnark
* WorstWhateverEver:
-->'''Girard:''' Geez, you've got to be the dumbest villain EVER.\\\
'''Roy:''' Ugh, if that's it, that is the most lame-ass prophecy in the long history of lame-ass prophecies.\\\
'''Belkar:''' Geez, this is the lamest dungeon ever.
* WorthyOpponent: [[spoiler:Tarquin]] is ''very'' impressed by Roy's strategy and combat skills, and looks forward to fighting him. [[spoiler:One of the reasons he joins the Linear Guild.]]
* WouldntHitAGirl: Referenced in [[ "Mean Girl"]] while Haley is speculating all-too-wildly about why Roy is currently a girl (it's really just in disguise, albeit with a [[GenderBender Belt of Gender-Changing]]).
-->'''Roy:''' You know, ''technically'', it's now OK for me to hit a girl.
* WouldYouLikeToHearHowTheyDied: Nale boasting to [[spoiler:Tarquin]] about how he killed [[spoiler:Malack]]:
-->'''Nale:''' I killed [[spoiler:Malack]]. I made him scream for his god under the desert sun. His ashes smelled like [[spoiler:burning leather]]. He '''suffered'''.
* WreckedWeapon:
-->'''Roy: YOU BROKE MY SWORD!'''\\\
'''Haley:''' You bitch! That was a +3 bow!
* WretchedHive: Greysky City
* WrongGenreSavvy:
** Invoked by the [=MitD=] [[spoiler:to save the Order of the Stick. By convincing Xykon and Redcloak that the Order can't be the main heroes they're facing because they're led by "some random fighter guy you already snuffed once", he convinces Xykon that they must rush to the final gate before the "real" heroes -- O-Chul and co -- get there first]].
** Tarquin's GenreSavvy is generally impeccable, but falls down on two [[FatalFlaw fundamental blind spots]]. He's convinced that Elan is [[TheHero the primary hero]] and himself [[BigBad the primary villain]], and therefore defeating Xykon must just be a sidequest to keep Elan occupied while he broods over how to confront his ArchnemesisDad. Elan [[CallingTheOldManOut calls him out]] on this, countering that it's only the actions and character of the ''heroes'' that decides what kind of story they're in.
* {{Wutai}}: Azure City. Characters from the Southern Lands have Far-East Asian skin coloring and names from various Asian countries. "Lien" is a Chinese name. "Miko Miyazaki", "Shojo", and "Hinjo" are Japanese. "Soon Kim" is Korean, and "Thanh" is Vietnamese.
-->'''Miko:''' What is this "Japan" you speak of? I have never heard of it before.

* XanatosGambit:
** The Dark One's, which has been pretty successful so far. [[spoiler:If Redcloak succeeds in taking control of the Snarl, the Dark One can use this to blackmail the other gods into giving goblins a better place in the world. If the Snarl unmakes the world, the Dark One will have a hand in making the new world, where goblins will have a better place from the start. And even if the Order of the Stick stops Redcloak, Gobbotopia is doing pretty well.]]
** Nale pulled off one in Cliffport. If the Order tried to rescue Julia and failed, then he would be in a position to kill them all. If they did rescue Julia, then he still would have captured Elan and been able to take his revenge on him. But, because the Order managed to rescue Julia and also realized that Nale had been trying to kidnap Elan in the confusion, they run off to rescue their teammate and give Nale the chance to [[spoiler:switch places with Elan and attack the Order from the inside]].
** Tarquin has [[spoiler:his adventuring buddies serve as advisors to rulers of three kingdoms. they stage invasions, revolutions, and liberations in order to unite the western continent under three super powers]]. And he knows that [[spoiler:eventually, Elan's going to fight him and he will be defeated, and as long as he can accept that, he wins ''and'' he'll be part of a great story and his name will be immortalized. "If I win, I get to be a king. If I lose, I get to be a '''legend'''."]]
* XanatosSpeedChess: As shown in [[ "The Cost of Freedom"]], Tarquin is also a master of this.
* XCalledTheyWantTheirYBack: "[[ Gordium called]] -- they have a knot that you may want to take a look at."
* TheXOfY: ''The Order of the Stick''
* XOnAStick: Not that frequent, considering the title of the comic...
-->'''Thog: [[ oooo! head-on-a-stick!]]'''\\\
'''Haley:''' [[ Sneak Attack on a stick, snake-face!!]]\\\
'''Belkar:''' [[ Hello, welcome to Hot-Dog-On-A-Stick. May I take your order?]]
* XRaySparks: The Disintegrate spell.
* XtremeKoolLetterz: There's a reason BigBad Xykon is called, well, ''Xykon''. He even goes as far as to make sure people use the right spelling when they speak to him (though [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall how he can tell]] [[PsmithPsyndrome they're spelling it wrong]] is anyone's guess).

* YellowLightningBlueLightning: In the comic, lightning is generally white or yellow -- with the exception of Zz'dtri, who is throwing green bolts. Interesting in that ''every'' spell caster has their own unique color for spells (two colors for [[TheRedMage Mystic Theurge]] Tsukiko), but only Zz'dtri has it affect lightning color.
* YesNoAnswerInterpretation: Done by Gannji the {{lizardfolk}}:
-->'''Gannji:''' So, no hard feelings on the whole kidnapping thing?\\
'''Haley:''' If anything happens to [my father], you'll make a very stylish handbag.\\
'''Gannji:''' I'm going to choose to hear that as, "We cool."
* YouAllMeetInACell: Attempted by Ian Starshine, who pulls a GetIntoJailFree based on the reasoning that a regime that throws political dissidents in jail would have a lot of good potential revolutionary recruits sitting around in there. Unfortunately, when it didn't work out he found that he couldn't break ''out'' of prison again.
* YouAllMeetInAnInn:
** The Order did in ''On the Origin of [=PCs=]'', on Elan's insistence, since it's traditional.
** The propensity of inns to be teeming with adventurers is later spoofed when Belkar [[ needs to make some quick recruits]].
* YouAreWorthHell: At the end of the prequel comic ''Start of Darkness'', [[spoiler:the wizard Dorukan attacks Xykon for imprisoning the soul of his lover Lirian within a magic stone. Of course, [[MagnificentBastard Xykon ends up kicking his ass and imprisoning him within the very same stone]], where Dorukan's soul meets up with Lirian's.]]
--->[[spoiler:'''Lirian''']]: [[spoiler:Dory? Dory,]] is that you?\\
[[spoiler:'''Dorukan''']]: Yes, my love. I've failed. It looks as if I am to share your prison forever now...\\
[[spoiler:'''Lirian''']]: No, no... not a prison anymore. ''([[TearJerker they embrace]])''
* YouBastard: "It's weird, no matter how many people he kills, the audience still thinks he's lovable."
* YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious:
** A subtle but significant one (since Belkar about always use a nickname for the elf):
--->'''Belkar:''' OK, elf, enough with the jokes. You got me, fair enough, now bring the ship back.\\
'''Belkar:''' [[ ...Vaarsuvius?]]
** The moment the Monster in the Darkness switchs from a silly nickname to O-chul's real name is quite important.
--->'''[=MitD=]:''' [[ Mr. Stiffly! MR. STIFFLY! O-CHUL!!]]
* YouCanSeeMe: Roy to the Oracle.
* YouCantMakeAnOmelette:
** [[ "You can't make an omelet without permanently deafening someone."]]
** From Tarquin in [[ "Realizations & Rationalizations"]]: "You can't make an omelette without ruthlessly crushing dozens of eggs beneath your steel boot and then publicly disemboweling the chickens that laid them as a warning to others."
* YouDidntAsk: When Roy confronts his Archon about "Postmortem Time Dissociation Disorder" and why he didn't mention it sooner, that's the answer. Plus, they're not in the habit of spoiling the eternal reward of their petitioners with such details.
* YouDontWantToCatchThis: [[ The vaporizing flu.]]
* YouFightLikeACow: Elan's "Dashing Swordsman" Prestige Class actually draws power from the swordsman's quips and catch phrases. Apparently, ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland''-style comebacks are an [[ effective counter]].
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair:
** The Azurites can have many hues of blue (and some shades of green or purple) as hair color.
** As for elves, about any coloration is possible.
* YouKillItYouBoughtIt:
** [[ Bandits.]]
** [[ Hobgoblins.]]
* YouNeedABreathMint: In [[ "It's a Real Life-Saver"]]:
-->'''Haley:''' Hey, Bozzok!! I've got two things you've needed desperately for some time: An arrow to the gut, and a breath freshener!
* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: [[TropeNamer Trope]] [[ Namer]].
* YourBrainWontBeMuchOfAMeal: The Mind Flayer doesn't want to eat Elan's brain. Later, [[ we get to see him picture each of the Order as a meal]] and tick them off one by one. Durkon = rice (filling but bland), Haley = a sundae (too sweet), [[TokenEvilTeammate Belkar]] = a taco (he'd get heartburn), Elan = Diet Coke (next!), Vaarsuvius = a hamburger (getting somewhere) and [[GeniusBruiser Roy]] = a turkey (perfect!). [[ArentYouGoingToRavishMe Vaarsuvius is visibly upset by this.]]
* YourMindMakesItReal:
** Played fairly straight when Elan asks this line: [[ "Didn't we leave our horses behind at the inn we blew up when Miko captured us?"]]
** Also why Blackwing was absent for most of the comic. In both cases a reference to ''D&D'' players only remembering their mounts and familiars when they need them.
* YourOtherLeft:
** Redcloak encounters this problem with the [=MitD=] in ''Start of Darkness''.
--->'''Redcloak:''' Hey! You in the box! Lean all your weight to the left!\\
'''[=MitD=]:''' You got it! [[VisibleSilence ...]] OK, so when you say "left," you mean--\\
'''Redcloak:''' I mean not this side, you idiot!\\
'''[=MitD=]:''' You got it!
** And again, [[ with a demonic squid he's summoned.]]
--->'''Redcloak:''' No, to the left! THE LEFT, you stupid invertebrate! Grapple her from the-- Goddamn it!
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: [[ What Nale learns to his great dismay.]]
* YouShallNotPass: [[ Lampshaded]] by Elan and subverted by Daigo and Kazumi.

* ZergRush: This is what happens to Azure City, utterly and totally [[ Zerg Rushed]] by Xykon and Redcloak's army of 30,000 hobgoblin Mooks, plus a number of other creatures including various undead, ''titanium'' and ''chlorine'' elementals (Redcloak's knowledge of chemistry is not to be underestimated), and three decoy Xykons (a Huecuva, a Death Knight, and an "Eye of Fear and Flame"). That particular Zerg Rush was made possible by two things: first, Redcloak's Titanium Elementals ripping a gigantic hole in Azure City's walls, and second, a Death Knight of a far higher CR than any of the soldiers at the breach -- including Vaarsuvius -- could realistically handle. When Redcloak makes decoys, he plays for keeps.
-->'''Ghast:''' Sir, we finally have enough corpses to serve as a ramp for your horse.\\
'''Death Knight:''' THEN LET THE REAPING BEGIN!!
* ZeroApprovalGambit: Roy attempts to pull one to clear out some innocent bystanders, in the most [[LampshadeHanging lampshade-worthy]] way possible. It works.
-->'''Roy:''' I'm a big scary gladiator with [[ExpospeakGag permissive ideas about individual rights]]! BOO!
* ZigZaggingTrope: Seriously, how many different ways can one play with AlwaysChaoticEvil?!
* ZombieMooks: Employed by Xykon and Tsukiko.
* ZorroMark: In [[ an early strip]], Elan carves "The Order of the Stick was here!" in fine, calligraphic style on a wall.