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The online Flash game ''[[http://www.battleon.com/ AdventureQuest]]'' by Creator/ArtixEntertainment is a lunch break sized RPG that takes place in the land of Lore. The game, though online, is single player, and uses online functions for updating the game easily and for wars. For a one-time fee, the player can become a Guardian to buy more weapons, more quests, more places, etc. The player can also separately buy Z-Tokens for strong weapons, spells, pets and other things.

The game has various storylines that run parallel or interconnect with each other, presented through a series of quests with the player character's interaction. Some of the storylines have deep plots and impressive characters, such as the long-spanning Devourer Saga, the journey of the [[HumanityOnTrial Devourer and Uncreator The'Galin to uncreate Lore]] and the player character's attempt to stop him, and some storylines are short, silly spoofs, such as [[Series/{{Mythbusters}} Mogbusters]]. Either way, the game's writing covers a wide gamut. Even more so on the forums, where there is plenty of backstory.

The game doesn't have only its simple fighting system to keep players enticed. Wars are special events used to move plots, where the player character enters a series of battles and each monster the player and other players kill works toward a certain number to fight the boss for rare event items. The player can find mini-games in quests. Housing is a big feature, too, where the player clears space of land, start building a house, and even get monsters to protect it.

It is joined with the following ''sequels'' afterward: ''VideoGame/{{DragonFable}}'' (set 5 years prior to AQ in a parallel timeline), ''VideoGame/{{MechQuest}}'' (5000 years prior to ''AQ'') and ''VideoGame/{{AdventureQuest Worlds}}'' (which is a multi-player version set ten years after ''AQ'' and in a parallel universe), and ''VideoGame/{{WarpForce}}'' (set at the same time as ''[=AdventureQuest=]'' but [[RecycledINSPACE IN SPACE]], just expanding on the SpaceOpera that was going on in the background).

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!!This game provides examples of:
* AbnormalAmmo: Many '100% proc' weapons tend to be this.
** Frozen Dinner is a weapon that launches frozen cat food at the enemy..
** The rewards from the "Lively Hallows" quest are [[ProducePelting fruit]] which you throw from fruit baskets.
** The Apple Launcher, Corn-Missile Launcher, and Pumpkin Chucker from the Harvest Festival shoot produce from a cornucopia.
** The rare Carrot Gun allows the player to shoot carrots.
** The Gold-Shooting Gatling Gun and Blingshot use [[BlingBlingBang gold]] as ammo.
** The Bac-Gun fires bacon at the enemy, giving the player character the chance to paralyze it.
** The Homework Cannon shoots, well, sheets of homework. What else works against unruly schoolchildren?
** The Zard Salvo series of weapons shoots [[AttackAnimal live Frogzards]] at the enemy.
* AcronymAndAbbreviationOverload: The forums had a [[http://forums2.battleon.com/f/tm.asp?m=17442314 guide]] to the shorthand people use while talking about equipment, before it was updated to be less intimidating.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * ActionGirl: Valencia, Robina, Cenara, Celestra, etc.
* AdamSmithHatesYourGuts: The cost of equipment is directly proportional to how far they will get the player in the game, even when the player character should have received the item as a free reward or something. The only exceptions are promotional items, but those usually require [[BribingYourWayToVictory payment of another sort]].
* AdaptiveArmor:
** Protean armor, V.I.X.E.N., and Shield of Awe give the player character increased blocking against the enemy's last attack type.
** The Cyclops' Eye item defends against the enemy's last element. Ironically, this makes the item more useful against enemies that use the same attack, since the defense boost is constantly nullified if the enemy constantly changes how it attacks.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Everything the Bun-Bits name start with the letter B. That's not a chef, that's a broiler! That's not a hankerchief, that's a bandana! That's not a wand, that's a baton! So on and so on.
* AdvancedAncientAcropolis: Talados seems to be the go-to dead, ancient civilization, that was rich in magic, monsters, and delicious tarts.
* AerithAndBob: Most of the game consists of Aeriths, but you get the occasional Bob in the form of Aria or Smith.
* AfterCombatRecovery: In most quests, the player character is fully healed after every two encounters. This is sometimes justified by having [[TheMedic Twilly]] being around to heal the player character, but he's not always around, and the player character recovers anyway.
* AllThereInTheManual: The forums contains guides to the gameplay and its story, and is the source of the developers' WordOfGod.
** Most of the backstory for the Devourer Saga is this, with several 'demicanonical' stories written by Falerin (which are somewhat retroactively applied to the game content). They're available in the aforementioned forums.
** Not to mention the IRC sessions and logs that also play an interesting role in the story.
* AllegedlyFreeGame: Becoming a Guardian, which costs $20, is necessary to max out the player character's level, use every skill for classes, get the best equipment, and access a number of quests.
* AllPowerfulBystander: Many gods who visit Lore cannot directly assist in Lorian affairs due to the CelestialBureaucracy. The'Galin does not use his power of frequently because of the ripples in time it causes--especially if such uncreation would cause a TemporalParadox related to his own ascension to godhood.
* AlternateDimension[=/=]AlternateUniverse: During the Bizarre Flecks Saga, we got a glimpse of some Transdimensional Realities (or [=TDRs=]), which are in essence, "like parallel worlds but where some very fundamental change happened."
* AlwaysABiggerFish: During the "Big Trouble in Little Granemor" quest, the player character is attacked by a Giant Hungry Zombie after fighting off some vampires with Vampire Slayer E. The zombie makes about one attack before a scary Ribber randomly comes up and drags it away (with its mouth).
* AlwaysAccurateAttack: The Undead Archer's rare attack will never miss, and the Divine Kusanagi Sword pays a hefty damage tradeoff for the ability to always land its strikes.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: The Drakel more or less started out like this, but it became increasingly subverted as the series progressed and humanity started to get to know them better.
* AmbidextrousSprite: Due to the animation style and the amount of FashionableAsymmetry.
* AmplifierArtifact: Miscellaneous items like the Weapon Master Emblems or Elemental Orbs boost damage done by a type of weapon or against a certain enemy's element, respectively.
* AmusingInjuries: Anything that happens to Twig, since he is widely considered to be a) cute and b) [[TheScrappy really annoying]].
* AnchorsAway: Of course, one of the weapons available from Talk Like a Pirate Day is an anchor the player hold over his hand.
* {{Animesque}}: Not huge, but is very noticeable by now. Even more so as part of its ArtEvolution.
* AnimalMecha:
** The Drakelon Steam Dragon is an enemy that is a mecha dragon.
** Transformer Armor has three forms which resemble a horse-and-chariot, hawk, and cobra, where all of them deal different attacks.
* AnyoneYouKnow: At the start of character creation, the player is asked for a name, and in Death's Domain, the player character can randomly time travel back to change it.
* AntiGrinding: Most quest and war monsters are level scaled.
* AntiPoopSocking: There are daily caps for experience and gold.
* ArcWelding: Carnax got attached to the Epic Quests got attached to the Nightbane storyline, and the result got [[ViewersAreGeniuses really, really confusing]] in places. There is [[http://forums2.battleon.com/f/fb.asp?m=20988106 a guide]] to ''[=AdventureQuest=]'' lore, and we see that every plot except the Seekrat stories either leads up to or is a direct consequence of The Devourer Saga.
* ArtEvolution: Since the game has expanded so much from the time it's existed, there's been an enormous change in the art when it stealthily shifts from western-styled to {{Animesque}}. The forum-based "encyclopedia" even has a catalogue of old monster pictures, which are ''still'' being updated.
** Deliberately played with when fighting the Iron Golem monster: the battle starts with the old version getting CRUSHED underfoot the updated version, possibly overlapping with AlwaysABiggerFish.
** When Warlic is fading from the effects of a time ripple, his sprite reverts to older versions.
** The Tenth Anniversary Special event showcases the art evolution by having the hero go back in time to face past threats. We even get to see both of Twilly's earlier forms. The first form, "Retro Twilly", is available as a reward in the event. He's a fairly powerful healing pet too.
* AttractiveBentGender: All of the Genderbent [=NPCs=] are at least somewhat good-looking, and Galana (Galanoth) says that female Warlic looks cute.
* AutoRevive: The [=IceFall=] armor has a 15% chance to revive the player character on what would be death, and the Angel Guard guest sacrifices its own life to restore an attack that would have been fatal.
* AuthorAvatar: A lot, and maybe even the majority, of major [=NPCs=] are based on staff members.
* AwesomeButTemporary: While most temporary equipment is balanced to have around the same stats as other permanent equipment, the Dragon Blade is notorious for being potent on almost all dragons. Given that Dragon Wars occur every so often and dragons drop plenty of gold, many players go through the Dragon Blade quest to get the weapon and cut through dragons like butter.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: The player character can have any name, so many player names fall under this category.
* AwesomeAnachronisticApparel: Inverted. Falerin, Galrick, the Order, Agent Smith, Ryuusei Cartwright, his analogue, Gaiden, Lkeas, all of them look out of place by wearing suits (and Galrick and Lkeas's casual outfits) in a medieval-inspired Lore.
* AnAxeToGrind:
** The player can specialize in axes as his/her WeaponOfChoice. Axe-type weapons tend to be [[PowerfulButInaccurate slightly inaccurate and slightly more powerful]] than the average weapon, and axe damage can be boosted further with the Axe Master Emblem weapon.
** Zhilo's iconic weapon is his axe. The 2012 Frostval Gift Delivery rewards allow the player to equip a zombified version of his armor. If the player is wielding an axe, the armor gives the player a buff.
* BackFromTheDead:
** Riona claims Death offered her a chance to life if she helped collect his hourglasses, but he sics Carnax's ghost on Riona to make sure she can never fulfill her task. The player character has to enter Death's domain and slay Carnax's ghost so she can return to the living.
** In the Devourer Saga, Galrick and Balius don't stay dead for long. Falerin explains that risked Lorian godwar to revive Galrick as his agent for Terra instead of for The'Galin. However, the event is still portrayed as AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence, given that he and Balius can't return to Lore.
** The player character, as the Chosen, essentially gets a free pass from Death, so long as he/she returns the favor...
* BadassSanta: Kringle the Barbarian is Lore's version of Santa Claus. In the 2008 Frostval quest, Visia warps him, his elves (now Helves), and reindeer (now [=PainDeer=]) into bloodthirsty monsters, requiring the player character to save Frostval from them.
* BadWithTheBone:
** The Skull Club series of weapons are necromantic totems fashioned out of bones that can drain the enemy's hit points on its special attack.
** The Dragonfang Scimitar is made by the bones of a dragon.
* BagOfHolding: Before a quest gave a tongue-in-check explanation, most players wondered how their characters could hold eight suits of armor, weapons, shields, and accessories and be able to switch out their equipment mid-battle.
* BareFistedMonk:
** The Martial Artist class allows the player character to use fists in place of weapons. The animation for the Gi armors also show the player character kicking the enemy.
** [[PowerFist Fist- and claw-]] type weapons tend to be more accurate at the cost of lower damage. The Cat Scratch Fever item boosts the damage these weapons, encouraging a player to keep an inventory for this playstyle.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample, violation of remember this is a wiki * BareYourMidriff: Valencia, pictured above.
* BarrierChangeBoss: Certain monsters, such as the Chaos Knight, [=HapHaZard=], or Drako, change their damage resistances each turn, forcing the player to switch equipment to match.
* TheBeastmaster:
** A character with a high Charisma stat gets increased damage and effects from pets and can use animal-themed weapons such as Twig's Swordfish or a War Hawk more effectively.
** There is a Beastmaster class that allows the player character to increase pet/guest damage, summon animals as guests to attack, and absorb enemy attacks to use against them.
* BehindTheBlack: In "Dinozard Island", the player character claims he has the power of '4th-Wall Sight', allowing him/her to see what's just off-screen.
* TheBerserker: Eselgee is the trainer for the Berserker class, which encourages reckless abandon in battle, as Berserker-class skills deal increased damage the lower the character's health is.
* BetterThanABareBulb: While there are consistent plots in the game, quests are mired with lampshades and lampshades about lampshades.
* {{BFG}}: Several guns in the game tend to be gigantic. The Six-Ton Gun is a HandCannon, the Gold-Shooting Gatling gun looks like a one-handed machine gun, and there is literally a weapon called a BFG.
* {{BFS}}: [[PunctuatedForEmphasis HOLIDAY. COLOSSUS.]] It's huge sword that covers most of the player. On the character page, it covers up some information.
* BigCreepyCrawlies: There are quite a few scaled-up insects in Lore.
** The Sectus/Sectid are remnants of an ancient time where they competed against dragons.
** Kresh are rather standard Darkness-element {{Giant Spider}}s.
** Brain Spiders are horrific creations of the Drakel and Brilhado. They are giant spiders with bones as limbs and eat brains.
** Mantiks are giant, humanoid [[SlayingMantis praying mantises]] that eat the head of their mates--so of course, they're vicious against any adventurers.
** Buzzers are gigantic bees.
** Hybees are humanoid bees that are, in fact, the size of humans.
** [=BuzZards=] are half-giant bees, half 'zard.
** Wind Wasps are quite small compared to be 'giant', but they are still giant bugs compared to standard-sized bugs.
** In Lore, a [=FlibbityGibbit=] (or its boss version, a [=FlibbitiestGibbest=]) is a cyan-colored bug with gigantic, mammalian eyes.
** A Skeeter is a gigantic, human-sized mosquito.
** The Flee is a ProportionatelyPonderousParasites that lives on the back of an even larger canine called the Bingo.
* BigRedDevil: The monsters from Heck are Hoof Soldiers--and their EliteMook versions, Big Reds.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: Wolfwing/Erimus's family, due to [[spoiler:Erebus/Dhows]]'s manipulations.
** [[{{Backstory}} Nine hundred years ago]], Erimus was a normal human who got married to Cara, who had dated Constantin (Erimus' best friend) many years ago. Then, Constantin was turned into a werewolf and began antagonizing Erimus, ''partly'' fueled by frustration. Years later, [[WeUsedToBeFriends the two friends having grown further apart]], Erimus and Cara have had two children, Balius and [[spoiler:Katarina]]. When the children were in their teens, Erimus was tainted by a [[IHaveYourWife coerced]] Constantin, something that ''someone'' thoroughly hid from [[VampireMonarch Safiria]] who turned Erimus thinking he could be of use. Expecting Erimus to die because of both infections, she abandoned him in the forest's edge, where he [[spoiler:was found by Katarina. Erimus killed her, while mentally unstable and in the process of becoming the first ever Werepyre, who managed to become Wolfwing thanks to Dewlok. Then, Cara, influenced by [[BigBadFriend Drageth]], [[DealWithTheDevil accepted Dhows' offer]] and [[TimeTravel time travelled]] to the future, to protect Balius from his father, whom they thought was dangerous. [[FurAgainstFang Safiria and Constantine kept fighting each other for centuries]], while Erimus became a leader on his own and was confined to an outcast's solitude.]] All grown-up, Balius (who had become the Avatar of Death at some point) got married to Evina, with whom he had two children, [[TheUnfavorite Edward]] (to whom the Annunaki was passed onto) and Cenara. This resulted in Balius [[FateWorseThanDeath becoming a]] [[TheSoulless Forsaken]] and, subsequently, [=NightBane=] just to be able to ([[TheUndead un-]])live on (...and [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity get mad]] [[DrunkOnTheDarkSide with power]], later). Due to his newfound obsession, Evina left him and married another man, a farmer, with whom she had another son, Donovan. Donovan deeply resented his step-siblings for the attention Evina paid to them and [[GreenEyedMonster grew ever more jealous]]. And JUST THEN, the Devourer Saga kicks in, with Balius [[HeelFaceTurn turning against]] [[BigBad the Devourer]] because of Cenara's plea (and, indirectly, Wolfwing's request) and, then, [[HeelRealization realizing]] he's been [[AbusiveParents an idiot to his children]] after he [[OffingTheOffspring fails to kill E]] to become the Avatar of Death once again[[note]]Though it's impossible, but, well, Balius crearly isn't the most thoughtful character by this point...[[/note]] due to Cenara's intervention, who reveals she's the Avatar now (yup, E [[FateWorseThanDeath has been]] [[TheSoulless Forsaken]], too). And then, [=NightBane=] [[spoiler:gets killed by Omega in ''The Final Battle'', [[RedemptionEqualsDeath trying to redeem himself]].]] Afterwards, Donovan starts a four-way war between humans, vampires, werewolves and werepyres, during which Cenara is infected with her father's blood and becomes a Dracopyre herself (Gracefang) with Dewlok's help (thankfully, without becoming Forsaken), just as Donovan becomes one himself and takes the name of [=NightReign=]. An ActionGirl now, Cenara vows to become Darkovia's protector in her brother's stead and [[SiblingRivalry fight]] [[CainAndAbel Donovan]], while also learning the messed-up history of her messed-up family and the role an EldritchAbomination had in it.
* BladeOnAStick: Lances, spears, and polearms make up many of the weapons that deal ranged damage. They tend to have higher-than-average accuracy but slightly reduced damage. Using the Spear Master Emblem compensates by boosting their damage somewhat.
* BlahBlahBlah: The opening scene of "Dragons!" has Cyrus and Galanoth arguing in this manner.
* BlingBlingBang: Numerous weapons the player can get are made of gold or encrusted with magical gems. The player can wield a blade forged out of pure gold or wield a gatling gun that shoots gold as ammunition.
* BlingOfWar: Uncle Sham, the miserly president of the Central Bank of the Leprechaun nation, loves to deck his battle equipment out in gold. The player can purchase the Communicant set and Leprechaun [[PoweredArmor Power]] [[{{Pun}} Au-rmour]] after defeating him for his or her own battles.
* BonusBoss:
** The Void is used for both testing the difficulty of bosses and for adding optional bosses into the game. When it's being used for the latter, the bosses considered beatable give unique rewards, while those that are undefeatable give just bragging rights.
** Besides boss-only events, quests may offer the player the option to encounter optional bosses. Some, such as the Z.A.R.D.I.S. Baron Darjeeling, or Loco, are strictly optional--in-universe, it's justified as letting the Chosen personally deal with a threat or letting a more capable NPC take care of the opponent. Other bosses, such as Etherseid, are required, and the 'option' is between a standard-power boss fight vs. a challenging one. For Frostval 2007, the player is given the option to battle a weak or strong Nightmare Queen (to get her sword as a temporary weapon) or skip the battle entirely.
* BossInMookClothing: The Dracovamplantess enemy from the 2014 April Fools quest, for some reason, has a ridiculously strong poison attack and would love to use it on the player. Many players complained about having to struggle to defeat two of them in a row without healing, while the actual 'boss' of the quest was easy enough with its 200% resistances and the weapon the quest gave the player that did extra damage to him.
* BratsWithSlingshots: In "Battleon's Nightmare!", Timmy is coerced by Khandie Khain to fight against the player character with a slingshot.
* BribingYourWayToVictory: Guardianship and Z-tokens.
* BunniesForCuteness: Bun-Bits weaponize their cuteness as an enemy encounter; they have a chance of having damage against them cut because the player can't handle attacking such cute critters.
* ButtMonkey: Before its renovation, the city of Granemor sure liked to get invaded and destroyed.
* CamelCase: Like pretty much all Creator/ArtixEntertainment games.
* CartoonCreature: Moglins are mammals which resemble anthromorphic mice/rabbits with overly-large ears.
* CastFromHitPoints: The Blood Orb item takes a small amount of the player character's hit points to boost the damage and accuracy of spells.
* CastFromMoney: Several pieces of equipment allow the player to burn gold to boost damage.
** The golden Ebil Scythes takes gold to empower its special attack.
** The player can feed a Golden Gween gold to transform it into a Golden Hallow, which deals more Earth damage than any other unboosted pet.
** Mercenary-type guests require the player to pay gold for damage, but they are better than 'standard' guests. Nezujimbo can freeze the enemy and Shogun & Ansatsu can switch between what element they attack with--or attack with both elements at once.
* CatapultToGlory: The original way to visit Isle d'Oriens was to build a catapult and send the player character flying through the rip in the sky that led to it. An update made it possible to visit the Isle from Battleon with a click.
* CaveMouth: The Wolfgate is the entrance to the Werewolf Lair, and it fittingly has the shape of a wolf's head.
* CelestialDeadline: The Eternal Dragon of Time absorbs the dark energy generated from villains, and it must have magic words spoken to it every ten years to prevent it from becoming evil and destroying reality. Too bad for the player character that the deadline was yesterday.
* ChargedAttack:
** The gimmick of the Kindred Mastercraft set and the Hourglass Axe is to 'store' multiple turns' worth of damage before unleashing it in one burst.
** The [=ShellZard=] may retreat into its shell, which both boosts its defense stats dramatically and allows it to unleash a high-power attack.
* CheapGoldCoins: The player will be paying for equipment with millions of gold coins. A basket of [[FantasticFruitsAndVegetables Pearapplos]] costs 'only' a value between 19 and 2,201 gold depending on what stat boosts they give the player.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * TheChessmaster: The Chessmaster of The Chessmaster Saga.
* ChristmasInJuly: There is a quest, "Frostval in July!", released in July of 2008 that shows what the villains of the 2007 Frostval quest are up to. The player gets to see Zorbak's FreudianExcuse why he hates Frostval and Khandie Khain's identity before she was 'adopted' by the Nightmare Queen.
* CirclesOfHell: The dimension of Heck loosely follows ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'' in structure.
* ClassChangeLevelReset: Most classes allow the player to keep their levels, but switching between Martial Artist styles and Dracopyre subraces drops the player's class level to 5 and 0, respectively.
* ClippedWingAngel: Donovan breaks HybridOverkillAvoidance in the 2014 April Fools quest and becomes an amalgamation of a wide variety of monsters... but at the cost of losing his sanity and gaining all of the weaknesses of the creatures whose traits he gained.
* ClothesMakeTheSuperman: Class abilities are accessed by being equipped with the class armor. Similarly, a lot of armors give the player character multiple attacks or other special powers.
* CloudCuckooLander: Radagast, whose grip on reality can frequently be said to be questionable. His justifications for the trouble he causes generally floats between "[[RuleOfCool Ehh...]] [[RuleOfFunny why not?]]" and "ItSeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime".
* CombatHandFan: The Crane Fan and Razor Fan are weaponized fans, and they fittingly come from Japan-style quests. The Crane Fan in particular deals Wind-element damage and can fold or unfold for different stats.
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: Monsters aren't bound by the same stat restrictions at the player, leading to most high level opponents breaking the player's stat caps and having loads of HP without having to pay for it using Endurance points. Some monsters even have [[DumpStat negative stat points]] in order to further increase their other stats.
* CosmicKeystone: The Eight Elemental Orbs and the Orb of Creation.
* CowardlyBoss: The Vile Love boss from Snugglefest 2015 runs away when it reaches 2/3 and 1/3 hit points. This gives the player the chance to recover hit points between encounters, which makes it a less one-sided in favor of the boss.
* CriticalHit: Players and monsters alike inflict Lucky Strikes if if they have stats points in {{Luck|Stat}}, which increases damage by 37.5% of the Luck stat. Several items can [[LuckManipulationMechanic make them more common]].
* {{Crossover}}: There have been a few crossover events between ''[=AdventureQuest=]'' and other ArtixEntertainment games:
** "The Crystal Cave", a crossover created when ''VideoGame/DragonFable'' was young and wasn't determined to be an AlternateUniverse yet, starts in ''[=DragonFable=]'' and shows the results two years later in ''[=AdventureQuest=]''.
** Cysero of ''[=DragonFable=]'' makes cameo appearances in a few quests.
** "Fading Warlic!" has characters briefly mention their ''[=DragonFable=]'' counterparts.
** RedSkiesCrossover:" Operation: Gameocide" and "The Curse of the Phantom Pixel" are Artix Entertainment-wide events that are tangentially connected.
** RequiredSpinoffCrossover: As ''VideoGame/WarpForce'' is ''[=AdventureQuest=]''[='=]s sci-fi spinoff, there is a quest dedicated to showing introducing ''[=WarpForce=]'' from Lore's perspective.
* CognizantLimbs: The player character battles Carnax and Chillax by separately targeting their heads, arms, feet, and tails. There ''is'' the option to attempt to battle against them one-on-one, but that battle nearly impossible to survive.
* ContentWarnings: In "Absol-ution III", Lanfiré parodies warning labels:
--> '''Lanfire''': Warning: What follows is [[WorldOfPun full of hackneyed puns]], [[LargeHam melodramatic emotions]], [[PurpleProse overblown dialogue]], and more [[InfoDump exposition]] than Antarian Colonist Jordan Robert's [[Literature/TheWheelOfTime Circle of Space]] series. Or, as a certain young shadowkitten might say, [[LaymansTerms "Lots of talky bits ahead."]]
* CostumesChangeYourSize: Some armors make the player character look gigantic compared to the standard Guardian Armor. The Armor of Awe once belonged to King Awethur, yet it seems so scale the player up to his size.
* CutAndPasteEnvironments: Due to the sheer number of quests compared to the number of art assets, the backgrounds for most quests are reused for other ones. Even for quests with mazes, rooms tend to look indistinguishable.
* CuteAndPsycho: Shii is a hyperactive schoolgirl holding a lollipop. She also enjoys killing people.
* CuteWitch: Wandy is a talented mage for a child, compared to the older mages. She's eager to help the player character out in battle against the Tyrant King.
* CutlassBetweenTheTeeth: Ratliver likes his knives; he holds one in each hand, two stashed in his boots, and holds another in his mouth.
* DamageIncreasingDebuff: Several pets--Thunder Cats and Nerfbats--make the enemy more vulnerable to the element they attack with. This status influences all damage sources, not just the pet's own attacks.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * DarkActionGirl: Tyranna.
* DarkerAndEdgier:
** For the most part, ''[=AdventureQuest=]'' is a light-hearted game-- family-friendly at worst. And then the player tries the Assassin Class quest chain...
** Given the growing age of players, Eukara Vox (the developer) introduces quests with heavier storylines, although they still take a sideways glance at serious topics.
* DarkIsNotEvil:
** The player character can choose to become a {{Werewolf}}, {{Vampire}} or Werepyre (a blend of the two) with the [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment help of each respective species leader's help]].
** The player character can also become one of two types of Dracopyres, though the leader of one seems to be more evil than the other.
** The'Galin's color motif is [[RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver red and black]], has power over [[{{Retconjuration}} Uncreation]], and has followers that seek to purge the world of Lore. He's really just a decent guy whose role had attracted internal corruption from his followers.
* DarkWorld: The world of Lore has multiple ones:
** There is an analogue Lore where characters are their opposites (such as Artix being a Necromancer instead of a Paladin, Galanoth is a Dracomancer instead of Dragonslayer, etc.), and instead of being safe from evils, it has been run to the ground. Several analogue [=NPCs=] flee from this realm to call on the help of people from the player's world.
** The Nightmare Realm consists mostly of its own fauna, but Nightmare versions of Lorian [=NPCs=] have manifested there and oppose as a threat to the player.
** The Shadow Universe consists of 'Shadow' versions of [=NPCs=]. While not malevolent in general, the [=SeekRat=] plots to use the power of the Shadow Universe for his own needs, and Ultimon comes from the Shadow Universe to conquer and corrupt Lore.
* DeaderThanDead: Uncreation, the process in which something (which can be pretty much anything, really) is returned to the Void. Being uncreated means that you [[CessationOfExistence cease to exist]], [[RetGone everything you've done in your life is erased and no one will remember you]] (though there are [[RippleEffectProofMemory exceptions]]), and it's the go-to way to kill someone totally and definitely if, well, you can do that sort of thing.
** Of course, since it [[ButterflyOfDoom has]] [[ForWantOfANail temporal]] [[InSpiteOfANail consequences]], it is done sparingly.
* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist: It kicks the player out of any quest he or she was on, but that's about it. The player character will also owe Death a favour, but nothing has come out of that yet...
* DeathIsNotPermanent: Death's quota is always full, and will bring the Chosen back to life for a favor.
* DeathsHourglass: The favor for being revived countless times is finding his lost hourglass in a secret quest. There was originally no resolution or answer to why the hourglasses were stolen. Riona claims it's a SnipeHunt so the dead stay dead. When the quest was updated, it is discovered that Sneevils from ''VideoGame/DragonFable'' were stealing the hourglasses and that with the player character's help, Death could track the stolen hourglasses down.
* DegradedBoss: The fate of many a war boss, like Elder Vampires, Undead Paladins, Undead Skull Apes, and the Herd Boss is to be stuck on the random encounter list. Lampshaded when, after the player character has to defeat Drakath the dracolich as part of a quest, they wonder, "Who keeps reanimating that dragon?"
* DemBones: Many of the undead enemies.
* DemonLordsAndArchdevils: Ancient Demon Lords and simple Demon Lords from Heck and Stormfallen.
* DialogueTree: During The Devourer Saga, they affect the player's KarmaMeter but not the plot. In most other quests, they affect the plot but not the player's KarmaMeter.
* DidYouActuallyBelieve: For the 2014 Blarney War, Uncle Sham, the undisputably wealthiest character in Lore, offers the Chosen 10% of his fortune for the Chosen's help in battle. After the Chosen finishes the deed, however, Uncle Sham gives the Chosen his [[ExactWords fortune]]--the in-universe explanation for special attacks now being able to deal lucky strikes. Sham then derides the player character for thinking he would give up his gold
-->'''Uncle Sham''': Are ya daft? Ya know how much I love me gold! I won the "Lore's Greediest Miser" contest ten years in a row! What in the name of all me gold would make me PAY you the gold I love so much?? ESPECIALLY when I can do it in exchange fer a bit o' magic??
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: The player, being the Chosen, combats enemies that would otherwise be out of his or her league. When the self-proclaimed god of Etherspace claims that the Chosen cannot stand up to him, the Chosen responds:
--> '''Player''': So you're a god. So what? I've beaten up gods before. Let's see... War, Falerin, Limkragg, Eldron, to name a few. And two of those are quite a bit more powerful than you are.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: The Huntress is never seen wearing them.
* DraconicHumanoid:
** Although [[LizardFolk Drakels]] are often believed to be related to dragons or even believed to be that, the Vartai fit the description much better.
** The Vartai are dragon and human [[HalfHumanHybrid hybrids]] that can shapeshift into human form with varying degrees of success, some of them able to pass for normal humans easily, while others have [[HornedHumanoid horns]], [[WingedHumanoid wings]], tails, [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation very varied skin]] [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair and hair colors]], marks, etc. Some (i.e. Cyrus and siblings) possess, at least, three forms: human (either fully or with draconic traits), humanoid (human-shaped/sized dragon) and dragon (full dragon).
** The Chosen can, with a Dracomancer's class armor skills, or with the FullSetBonus of the Dragon Knight set, take a humanoid-dragon form.
** The dragons themselves are able to take human and humanoid form through magic (allowing them to seemingly avert HotSkittyOnWailordAction).
* DragonRider:
** The reward for defeating fire dragon Akiroth, an early BigBad, is to temporarily train one of his offspring for good, giving the player character the opportunity to ride a dragon.
** During Frostval, the player character doesn't deliver presents with a reindeer--he/she rides on a Reindragon, which happens to be very effective against the Ice-elemental monsters in the way.
* DropTheHammer: Hammer-type weapons tend to inflict melee damage, [[PowerfulButInaccurate have very high damage, and have very low accuracy]]. Among such weapons are the Ogre Whalloper, Glacius Hammer, [=DragHammer=], [[Franchise/{{LEGO}} Block Hammer]], [[NorseMythology Mjollnir]], Face Hammer, Whammer, Toymaker's Hammer, [=FlameStop=] Warhammer, Tiki Masher, Oaklore Hammer, Hammer of Unity, Love Hammer, and Wolfhammer.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Donovan.
* DualWielding: A specialty of the Assassin class.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Besides the obvious ArtEvolution that comes with being a game released in 2001, many early game mechanics were strange.
** Equipment wasn't tiered, so players had fewer options as they leveled up, but in return, some items would be useful regardless of level, like the Light Orb, which gave a flat 20% damage bonus against Darkness-elemental monsters, or the Ironthorn shields, which gave a flat 50% damage bonus against ''all'' monsters but reduced accuracy.
** Miscellaneous items required mana to activate and took up a player's turn.
** Weapons that had tiered versions may not attack with the same element, so it was not as easy to balance an inventory when 'upgrading' a weapon meant switching other weapons around.
** The Krieger Blade, the first rare weapon to be added to the game, would do Earth-element damage for the first ten seconds after entering battle before permanently switching between light and darkness.
* EldritchAbomination:
** Subverted with, Carnax who regrets what his master makes him do.
** A lesser example, but the Grabbi is one, being a tentacled beast that eats the player character's pets.
** Seth Cay Dhows is a major one. being able to exist in many places at once and can see through time, he even manages to split the mind of Falerin (who is a GOD!) and avoid nasty side effects of such an act. he was also recently reveled to be a man made god known by the name Epsilon who has gone insane and wishes to destroy everything and recreate it all in his own image (What he wishes to do is similar to uncreation which means he is a bigger bad then The'Galin).
* ElementalEmbodiment:
** The updated Wizard class is able to summon these as guests, one for each of the eight elements.
** The Elemental Lords of Lore embody the in-game elements. During Seth Cay Dhows's arc, the Lady of Light and Dark Lord are given prominence among other Lorian deities.
** To hunt for the Dragon Blade, the player can optionally fight the essence of dragons, which are the most powerful embodiments of each elemental dragon.
* ElementalPowers:
** The updated Wizard class allows the player to specialize in casting one of the eight elements.
** Most inventory items specialize in dealing or resisting a particular element.
* ElementalRockPaperScissors: There are eight primary elements in an [[http://forums2.battleon.com/f/tm.asp?m=19312544 Elemental Wheel]], where opposing elements are highly-effective against each other, and allied elements tend to resist each other. The other elements of Void, Harm, Heal, and Poison do neutral damage regardless of elemental affinity.
* EpicFlail: Flail-type weapons tend to inflict melee damage and have high 'random', meaning they can deal much less or more than the average. Some flails the player character can wield are Limkragg's Flail, Energy Flail, Flare Flail, Rat Flail, Death Flail, and Flux Flail.
* EquippableAlly:
** A Ramleon is a creature that has the body and head of a lion, the horns of a ram, and the tail of a serpent. The player character can equip one of a Ramleoness's babies as a shield.
** The player character can also wield a fiery fox as a shield.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes:
** For Frostval 2014, what sends Zorbak over the edge when seeing his projected BadFuture is the vision of his wife, Mu Glen, falling for Kabroz instead.
** It turns out that Ryuusei Cartwright sent his son, Gaiden, to live with his analogue to be safe. When Gaiden is threatened by Xitra and later Etherseid, Cartwright is quick to react.
* EverybodyHatesHades: In-universe, The'Galin is seen in a villainous light due to his duties of removing people and concepts from existence. It doesn't help that he is dubbed "The Devourer" and chooses a {{red and black|AndEvilAllOver}} color motif, which further increase his perception of being evil. The reality, of course, couldn't be farther from the truth.
* EverythingTryingToKillYou: Some of the enemies from Random Adventure are quite... unusual.
** One of the random encounters is an animated bush.
** The player can fight against Killer Ice Cweam, a monster stemming from CloudCuckoolander Twig's mind.
** There is an unusually wide range of zombie vegetables, courtesy of amateur necromancer Seahawk.
** Unlike other plant-based enemies like Deadwood, Am-Bush, Professor Akamu's mutant flowers, or the above-mentioned zombie vegetables, Razorweed is just a plant without any strange origins, and yet it manages to pose itself as a threat to adventurers.
** The player character can fight [[WhenEldersAttack Granny]] when delivering Frostval presents. She's been upset at being run over by your [[WesternAnimation/GrandmaGotRunOverByAReindeer Reindragon]] so many times.
** Due to the various [=NPCs=] that terrorize Battleon at times, monsters such as a bird that spits out its skeleton or giant samurai rats are considered typical.
** The Rock Star enemy is a rock with googly eyes and hair.
** The player can fight against SeekerWhiteBloodCells in the "[[FantasticVoyagePlot Innard Space]]" quest.
** The CincoDeMayo event pits the player against an animated pinata that fights back.
* EvilWeapon: The rewards from "The Return of Stragath" are cursed weapons that have special attacks that inhibit the player character. Three of the four weapons drains the player's health on their special attacks. The last plain just has a chance of killing the player character outright.
* EvolvingWeapon:
** The blade of the Banisher Scythe grows in size according to the level of the player.
** The Zombie Master Axe absorbs souls from monsters the player character defeats, growing to a maximum of 110% strength.
* ExpospeakGag: Due to Falerin's verbosity, there are several occasions where he describes a concept in highly technical detail and the Chosen realizes the idea is quite mundane.
* FairyBattle: There are several 'battles' that are not battles in the traditional sense.
** When The Devourer Saga was live, there were several Random Battle encounters with plot-important [=NPCs=] that foreshadowed their role in upcoming quests.
** Treasure Chests can be found in Guardian missions or in Crossroads. The player is just prompted to open the chest and receives a large amount of gold, potions, or pieces of the Blade of Awe for 'winning' the battle.
** The Moglin Friends encounter has the player either receiving potions (if at full health) or playing [[Series/DealOrNoDeal Heal or No Heal]] (if injured).
** In "Quest for the Dragon Blade!", a Ninja Cleric appears and heals the player character after every battle.
** The Aerodu Defense Machine is a minigame implemented as an enemy.
** The Sympathetic Shadow Sprite appears to be this--indeed, it does heal the player character at first. However, if the player character brings its health under 50%, it turns into a tentacled creature and attacks back. Unfortunately, because RPGsEqualCombat, the player must attack the Sympathetic Shadow Sprite to continue whichever Ultimon's Fortress quest he/she was on.
* FakeUltimateMook: In "Zorbak's Evil Mistake!", some Ebil Scythes brings the player character's HPToOne. As the player is in [[DontGoInTheWoods Darkovia]], finding any place to heal would be unlikely. Then the player encounters a level 130 Soul Banisher... that he or she beats in one hit.
* FantasticFlora: There are plenty of strange plants in the game.
** Floggs are carnivorous plants that eat giant bugs. They also have their ManEatingPlant cousin, Nepencreeps.
** Professor Akamu and Kamui accidentally create vicious mutant flowers that serve as opponents in a war.
** The Razorweed was known for being a BossInMookClothing thanks to its high health and attack [[http://forums2.battleon.com/f/tm.asp?m=21960032 bugged to do 150% of the damage]] of a standard enemy. That is a significant feat for a grass.
** The Am-Bush has the unique gimmick of being able to strike before the player can prepare--even before the battle formally starts. It's literally an animated bush that casts wind-element magic shaped like bunny ghosts.
* FantasticFruitsAndVegetables:
** The Harvest Festival quest requires the player to hunt down an Orange, Sqrapple, Graplant, Bluestar Flower, and Bread Fruit as an offering for Serenia, the goddess of the harvest.
** An April Fools reward the player can buy is a [=CrabApple=], which is a literal apple with crab claws.
** Soraya sells Pearapplos fruit, which pets love. In terms of gameplay, the item gives a small bonus to pets' damage and accuracy.
* FantasyKitchenSink: The game references many mythologies and works--besides the list of Shout-Outs, there are:
** European HeroicFantasy with knights, magic, and dragons
** Martial arts, ninjas, and samurai
** A mastercraft set based off of Myth/JapaneseMythology
** A mastercraft set based off of Myth/CelticMythology
** A mastercraft set based off of Myth/NorseMythology
** A mastercraft set based off of Myth/EgyptianMythology
** A Z-Token set with a Roman design
** Demons from [[Literature/TheDivineComedy the circles of Heck]]
** HorsemenOfTheApocalypse
** A MonsterMash of vampires, werewolves, zombies, ghosts, and any {{Hybrid Monster}}s
** SufficientlyAdvancedAliens and HumongousMecha
** Drakel, elves, dwarves, orcs, leprechauns, vikings, trolls, CatFolk, fairies, centaurs, robots, merfolk, and nagas as species.
** Minotaurs, phoenixes, {{Sand Worm}}s, golems, sphinxes, rocs, bigfoot, yetis, sea monsters, griffins, and chimeras as monsters.
** ... And that's not including the unique species and lore from its own mythos.
* FateWorseThanDeath: Being Forsaken. The Annunaki, upon leaving a still alive host, [[ImHavingSoulPains rip their hosts' soul]], [[TheSoulless leaving none of it behind]], and physically and psychologically changing them in very significant ways. Although they gain [[SuperSenses enhanced senses]], the ability to [[ISeeDeadPeople see the dead]], [[ShadowWalker walk in the shadows]], and [[NoSell immunity]] to [[DeaderThanDead Un]][[RetGone crea]][[CessationOfExistence tion]], the Forsaken are, in fact, dying a ''slow'' and painful death. They possess no aura, are hunted by the Reaper (as they belong to the realm of Death) and are sent to Nowhere when they meet their end... Some are basically doomed to never find rest, unable to die from mortal wounds (which [[CursedWithAwesome can be good thing]], but most of the time, [[BlessedWithSuck it's]] [[WhoWantsToLiveForever not]]. Even if they are revived, they won't return to their old pre-Forsaken selves.
** No wonder why Huntress and Galrick don't have BabiesEverAfter.
* FeatherFlechettes: The Brilhado and Winged Truphma shoot quills from their wings at the player character as an attack. The player character can cast the Brilhado Feathers spell to do the same thing against enemies.
* FishPeople: The Mermazons and Vagarans are some water-affiliated enemies the player character may encounter. Mermazons pretty much look like mermaids, while Vagarans are blue, shapeshifting humanoids with a tentacle for one arm and a crustacean claw for the other arm.
* FighterMageThief: The three builds the game provides to characters are the Warrior, Mage, and Rogue. Warriors focus on the Strength stat and use melee weapons to bash enemies. Mages focus on the Intellect stat and use magic weapons and spells for burst damage. Rogues focus on the Dexterity stat and use ranged weapons and focus on dodging enemy attacks.
* {{Filler}}: Users of the forums comment how quests released since 2015 tend to be updates rather than new releases.
* FissionMailed: Multiple quests provide no penalty for a death or require them as part of the plot.
** In one quest that the Chosen has to do as the form of a ninja cat, Death sends him or her back to the quest upon death because the Chosen's cat form is too cute to be taken.
** There are several quests that require the player to go through a HopelessBossFight (e.g., "The Final Battle!", "Dense Red Fog/The Tower of Xyphos", "It's a Wonderful Life of Crime: Killing Spree Ending").
** A random quest in Death's Domain allows the player to temporarily control Zorbak. Should he die, the player learns that he and Death have a contract that allows him to avoid a permanent death.
* FixedDamageAttack: Weapons that have high 'base' damage tend to be extremely consistent in damage, although the actual value of the damage can by modified by boosts and resistances. The Unlucky Sword and Eyes of Chillax weapons are examples of such weapons, and the Stable Spell skill from the mage class armor doubles the base damage of magic spells.
* FluffyTamer: The player character can collect quite a few beastly creatures as pets. By the description, the player character created his/her baby Sacragon pet. Sacragons are in-game described as crimes against nature and {{Eldritch Abomination}}s.
* FogOfDoom: [=DragonClaw=] island is surrounded by a mysterious Red Fog that poisons the player. A spell the player can get after completing a quest allows the player to use the Red Fog as a spell that inflicts self-damage in exchange for increased damage.
* ForTheEvulz: The [=SeekRat=], his reason for all his plans?
-->'''[=SeekRat=]''': Silly [[HelloInsertNameHere hero]]. You have always dealt with villains whose motives were so simple. 'Destroy Battleon' or 'take over the world'. How droll. True villainy needs no such things!
* FungusHumongous: [=FunGuy=] is a [[PlantAliens giant mushroom on legs]] that attacks with spores.
* FurAgainstFang: In Darkovia, the vampires and werewolves naturally battle each other for dominance. However, there are [[HybridMonster werepyres and dracopyres]] who embrace both sides but are rejected by both vampire and werewolf clans.
* FurryConfusion:
** The gattas, which are anthropomorphic cats... who ride on non-anthropomorphic war cats.
** Ravil is a werewolf-like creature who rides on a non-anthromorphic [=DarkWolf=]. The player character points out that he is a [=WolfRider=] in every sense of the word.
* FunnyBruceLeeNoises: One of the possible names for a BruceLeeClone fought in the Martial Artist class quest is literally 'Waaaaaah'.
* FunWithAcronyms: Regular acronyms show up frequently in and out of the game, as AcronymAndAbbreviationOverload shows.
** The RodentsOfUnusualSize that plague each years' harvest are named Big Ugly Rat Pests.
** There are characters whose names are based on their original abbreviations, but phonetically pronounced, such as [=ElBhe=] [[note]]'''L'''ord '''B'''arrius[[/note]], Dhe Ehmn [[note]]'''[[{{Dungeonmaster}} D]]'''[[{{Dungeonmaster}} ungeon]]'''[[{{Dungeonmaster}} m]]'''[[{{Dungeonmaster}} aster]][[/note]], and Eselgee[[note]][[http://aq.battleon.com/build30/charview.asp?temp=511336 SLG]][[/note]].
* {{Futureshadowing}}: The [[YetAnotherChristmasCarol Ghosts of Frostval]] spell from Frostval 2008 shows the ghosts of Frostval past, present, and future as King Frost, Kringle the Barbarian, and a mysterious stranger wrapped in black robes. It's not until the 2012 Frostval quest that the player sees who the 'future' person is.
* FuumaShuriken: The Shivuriken is a giant snowflake shuriken thrown to deal Ice-element damage.
* GameOverMan: Death shows up when the player character dies, but [[DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist tells you he's over his quota and sends you back to town owing him a favor]]. The player character can fulfill that favor and get an aesthetic SkullForAHead as a reward.
* GameplayAllyImmortality: Only the player character will take damage in battle. Pets and guests are essentially immune ([[DuelBoss bar rare monsters that remove them from combat]]).
* GameBreakingBug: The updated Darkshifter had the offensive stats of a LightningBruiser and the HP of a Tank. its attack power was five times that of the updated version with twice the HP. now add on to this already BossInMookClothing with the power bonus for magic use and you get a monster with 20 times the attack and twice the HP of its updated release of it.
* GameplayAllyImmortality: Pets and guests are allies that deal extra damage, boost player damage, or inflict some other effects. They can't take damage, but [[WeCannotGoOnWithoutYou they require the player character to be alive]].
* GardeningVarietyWeapon: [=VegiSplatic=] is a pitchfork weapon that deals extra damage against plant-based enemies. Peasant's Nightmare is another pitchfork, twisted by Nightmare magic.
* GenderBender:
** In the 2010 April Fools' event, most of the [=NPCs=] got genderswapped. The ones seen were Artix, Galanoth, Warlic, Aquella, Robina, Safiria, and Cenara. The Wereking was mentioned as being swapped as well, and it seems likely that Donovan changed.
** Robina Hood is a genderbent Myth/RobinHood. During the 2010 April Fools quest, she is genderbent again as Robin Cap.
** All it takes for the player character to change gender is to pay 20 gold at Warlic's mirror.
* GenderNeutralWriting: The player character is either referred to by name, as the Chosen, or with gender-neutral word like 'friend'. Certain quests imply the player to be male, though--Lucretia and the player character flirt with each other when questing for potion ingredients.
* GeniusLoci:
** Carnax became living from magic animating the mountain Talados was on. It died as the Taladosian civilization did, but then Makkisar, one of the last Taladosians, revived Carnax.
** The'Galin is represented at times as a dark red moon with glowing eyes.
** The Shadow Universe is outright stated to be a sentient entity.
* GiantFootOfStomping: The player character encounters a brobdingnagian Ultra Giant in the "Out to Sea/Little Problems" quest, which is represented by this trope. The Shadow Colossus, similarly, is gigantic enough that the player character attacks its feet.
* GlassCannon: Goggs pretty much exemplify it. They nearly always go first, and can, in some cases, blast the player character for thousands of hit points worth of damage over the course of one turn, but can be taken out just as fast by a player who knows what they're doing.
* GlobalCurrency: The player character uses gold to purchase equipment regardless of where the quest takes place, even if that location is an alien planet or DarkWorld.
* GodIsEvil: Seth Cay Dhows who was recently reveled to be a man-made god known by the name Epsilon.
* GodOfEvil: Falerin of Caelestia has the portfolio of Evil, but he isn't evil. He compares himself to an enforcement officer who has to know about crime and malignancy in order to counter it most effectively.
* GoingThroughTheMotions: Not too common, but {{egregious}} during cutscene of the fight between Wolfwing and Nightbane.
* GrimReaper:
** The Chosen sees him every time upon death, so he or she probably owes him a lot of favors.
** One of the rare {{Special Attack}}s a Weapon of Awe can perform is summoning Death. Against [[ContractualBossImmunity monsters that aren't immune]], the attack instantly brings the enemies to 0 HP.
* GuardianAngel: Guardian Angels are used by Guardians to heal the wounded after battle. The player character can pick up a Guardian Angel to join him/her in battle. Similar to Guardian Angels are Angel Guards, which don't heal the player character but instead sacrifice their lives to resurrect him/her from death.
* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: The player character is stopped by a guard at the gate to New Granemor. To enter, all he/she has to do is say that he/she isn't evil.
* HailfirePeaks: Paxia is a microcosm of all eight Lorian elements, so the player can see, for instance, a volcano next to a frozen lake.
* HardModePerks:
** Beating the hardmode dragons of the Eternal Dragon of Time's heads gives the player Mastercraft versions of the Void Vanquisher set of equipment.
** Fighting dragon essences instead of assorted dragonkind gives the player character a guaranteed chance of finding the Dragon Blade instead of a 25% chance.
** Defeating certain Void bosses in Hard Mode give more or better rewards.
*** Defeating hardmode Smittens gives a Mastercraft version of the Cabbit quest.
*** Defeating hardmode Chaos Knight gives the player Chaos Armour as a reward.
*** Defeating hardmode Nulgath gives the player Nulgath's armor as a reward.
* HarmlessFreezing: Freezing is a status condition that both the player character and enemy can inflict on each other. All it does is make the inflicted skip a turn and increases vulnerability to Fire-element damage proportional to ice resistance.
* HarmlessVillain: Zorbak, most of the time. According to the 2014 Frostval quest, he is a necessary evil that prevents worse villains from successfully conquering Lore.
* AHeadAtEachEnd: Fundead Dragons move like see-saws and swing around 360 degrees during their attacks.
* HeadlessHorseman: The Horseman enemy in the game a [[FaunsAndSatyrs satyr]] rather than a man on a horse. The in-game description lampshades how unoriginal the VisualPun is.
* HeadSwap: Most elemental dragons share the same body and only differ in head and possibly wing design. Water Dragons and Void Dragons are an exception.
* HealingCheckpoint: The "Taladosian Relics!" and "Death's Domain" walkaround quests have healing spots in the form of underwater bubble baths and smoking vents, respectively. Most quests just have AfterCombatRecovery as a method of healing.
* HealingHerb:
** The quest "A Cure for Cenara!" has the player searching for Darkovian plants to cure a mysterious sickness (which turns out to be dracopyrism), and the player character can use the same herbs for a boost during a battle.
** The Bora'jee is a bluish root that can be eaten during a player's turn to heal the player character's health.
* HelloInsertNameHere: The player can use any name that uses ASCII symbols (or leave it blank) and [=NPCs=] will say the name during cutscenes, leading to instances where x-x-DRAGONMASTER Adam-x-x is being called on for help.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: Celestra is a GoodIsNotNice FieryRedhead with relations to the Devourer who just so happened to appear when other [=NPCs=] were warned that agents of the Devourer were coming. [[SpiderPeople Epheel]] intentionally uses this superstition to send Battleon on a witch hunt for Celestra before she starts explaining.
* HighClassGlass: The [=SeekRat=] wears a monocle for that air of scholarly sophistication while still being a giant rat. He also has some animals that similarly wear monocles.
* HijackedByGanon: Except it was old villains being controlled by an even older one.
* HilariousOuttakes: Yes, it can be done with a Flash game; [[http://forums2.battleon.com/f/tm.asp?m=17069699&mpage=1&key=� it was parodied in the 2009 Frostval Event]].
* HolidayMode: Seasonal events occur around the same time as real-life holidays of the same theme. Usually, there is a recurring 'main' quest and new side-quests that are added every year.
** ValentinesDayEpisode: The Snugglefest main quest requires the player character to do favors for various [=NPCs=] to make him or her their Snugglefest hero. Other quests typically involve [=NPCs=] dabbling in romantic relationships and all of the antics that come with those.
* AprilFoolsPlot: April Fools does not have a main quest--rather, the quests themselves are sometimes jokes or involve the demigod of mischief being unbound for one day to cause jokes in-universe.
** CincoDeMayo: Pinatas spawn in Random Battle and from the Cinco de Mayo Painting. Upon defeat, they drop temporary, themed equipment.
** EasterSpecial: The Grenwog Festival main quest is played by having the player character collect werebunny eggs and trading them in for equipment, as well as stopping the Grenwog from eating these eggs. In later years, the new Grenwog quest involves fighting against various rabbit-like creatures.
** HalloweenEpisode: The player character goes trick-or-treating around Mogloween in a similar manner as the Grenwog Festival. Mogloween quests typically involve Zorbak's monsters or other undead.
** ThanksgivingEpisode: The Harvest Festival's main quest is a hunt for crops to present to the goddess of the harvest. The side-quests typically involve fighting against [[RodentOfUnusualSize BURPs]] who would otherwise eat that year's harvest.
** ChristmasEpisode: The entirety of real-time December is dedicated to Frostval quests, starting by decorating the Frostval tree and later {{Saving|Christmas}} AnAssKickingChristmas from some Grinch-like figure. During December, Battleon is covered with snow and the tree in the middle of town is decorated.
* HopelessBossFight: Several, including The'Galin and the Nightmare Queen.
* HopelessSuitor:
** Galrick tries hitting on Celestra frequently during The Devourer Saga. Celestra is more concerned about getting revenge on The'Galin [[DefrostingIceQueen at first]].
** Hans tries to woo Aria in multiple quests. While he is successful at times, the relationship doesn't tend to stay.
* HopeSpot: The playerbase got one during "Mostly Harmful". Almost two weeks of furious fighting, and it seemed like it was going to come down to the [[TimedMission last hour]]... then the fourth stage arrived and dropped the meter by a full 18% with less than a day to go. Cue DownerEnding.
** Averted for those on the forums, however. It had been made clear that the war consisted of four waves.
* HorseOfADifferentColor:
** While there are horse 'Rider' armors, most steeds the player character can ride on as an armor tend to be fantastic creatures, such as 'Zards, unicorns, [[DireBeast direwolves]], chimeras, dragons, [[FierySalamander salamanders]], [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers butterhooves, and literal horseflies]].
** Dewlok the Moglin rides a Koofu, a large bird-like creature, as a mount.
** Valencia uses Grumbugly, a giant Salamander, as a pack animal.
** Wolf Riders ride wolves, of course.
* HumanAlien: Vesperians look completely human, yet a certain NPC hates it when people on Lore call him human. After he goes through some character development, he doesn't draw attention the distinction despite another NPC remarking on it.
* HumanityOnTrial: The'Galin's plan.
* HurricaneOfPuns: [[LampshadeHanging The creators know it.]] They consider it part of the game's campy and fun atmosphere.
** Now say hello to the event that is called... [[DragonballZ Drakelcube P]].
** And meet mighty heroes and villains such as Gokar, Bhelma, Panfluti and Gherkina.
* HybridOverkillAvoidance: Averted. You have your average [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]] and [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolf]]. Then, you have your werepyre (a combination of the two). Then, you have your Dracopyre, [[HybridMonster a werepyre with dragon blood mix]]. Donovan tries to add more creatures in the mix in the 2013 April Fools quest, ending up with some Dracopyre Moglins, plants, robots, and, uh, whatever [[http://forums2.battleon.com/f/tm.asp?m=21278780 'Evolved' Nightreign]] is.
* IdiotHero: The player character can be a spectacular moron, but in "The Bizarre Flecks Part 1: Double Take", the player character comments he/she is a [[ObfuscatingStupidity master of playing dumb]], as it makes other people underestimate him/her.
* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: In the epilogue of the Absol-ution Saga, Gaiden prepares to kill a {{De Power}}ed Etherseid for causing havoc that indirectly led to his surrogate father's death. Other proximal [=NPCs=] ask Gaiden to stop. Lkeas in particular states that Gaiden would be stooping to Etherseid's level. Ultimately, Gaiden respects the others' wishes, and Etherseid is killed anyway by a less morally wholesome protagonist.
* IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten: The enemy Fundead Kitten's description says that Kabroz dared Zorbak to make this monster.
* IHaveManyNames: What makes some plotlines confusing are characters' propensity toward using multiple aliases to be covert, which is often used for TheReveal. Erebus takes on many names over the course of the story because he doesn't become a 'being' until the end of "Dhows' True Form Revealed".
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* ImHavingSoulPains: The Cold, used by servants of The'Galin, affects the willpower of the soul in a manner akin to brainwashing. On several instances, it has been used for BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood.
* ImpossiblyLowNeckline: Lucretia, the apothecary in Granemor.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: The player can use, shall we say, a wide variety of weapons.
** The player can use a ''cupcake'' as a weapon.
** Or candy floss.
** Or a guitar.
** Or a {{wrench|Whack}}.
** Or a toy pinwheel.
** Or a paintbrush.
** Or a fishing rod.
** Or a fruitcake.
** Or a volleyball.
** Or a surfboard.
** Or a thermometer.
** Or a giant spider leg.
** Or a bottle of soda.
** Or a [[SockItToThem sock]].
** Or a KillerYoyo.
** Or a mummy's leg.
** Or a decorated Christmas tree.
** Or a candy cane.
** Or Christmas lights.
** Or a piece of fruit.
** Or a turkey drumstick.
** Or a sword made of gum.
** Or a bow made out of books.
** Or a live electric eel.
** Or school supplies fashioned into a crude doll.
** Or a [[PunnyName Grass Blade]].
** Or a [[PunnyName MissleToe]].
** Or a supercharged ElectricJoybuzzer.
** Or an [[SolarPoweredMagnifyingGlass Archimedes Death Ray]].
** Or a burrito of [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom DOOM]].
** Or a shovel of [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom DOOM]].
** The player character get a plunger to help him or her make way through a link between realms. And yes, he or she fights with it.
** What happens when a Frostval gift is stolen? Pay large amounts of money to use the wrapping paper as a weapon.
** In order to channel Water-element magic, the player can use a [[ThePenIsMightier giant feather pen]].
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* InexplicableTreasureChests: Lampshaded occasionally.
* InfernalRetaliation: A kind of wolf-like monster named Razorclaw is particularly weak to fire, but if the player character hits it with fire, it will deal increased damage back while on fire. [[FridgeLogic This occurs even if the fire attack misses.]]
* InstantArmor: Several non-armor items can give the player character a temporary armor, such as Airenal's Lance, Snide Transformation Formula, and the Shapeshift spell series.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddMecha: At Mt. Thrall, the player character can fight Titan-sized monsters in an appropriately-sized Mecha. And it has no point to the plot.
* InterspeciesRomance: Several sentient species/races can interbreed, although for many cultural and physical differences some are less likely to appear. Humans alone can interbreed with dragons, elves, orcs, demons (ones from Heck, and maybe even Brilhado), Dwarves, Drakel, [[BreadEggsMilkSquick Moglins]], etc. (without even mentioning the compatible species in other AE games). And there has been one case of a half-Moglin, half-Drakel... hybrid thing.
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* ItsUpToYou: The player is justified in-game as being TheChosenOne, hence why he or she can go toe-to-toe with, say, {{Eldritch Abomination}}s and gods. It also helps that the Chosen also has the support of deities up-close.
* ItemCrafting:
** Players can make a custom sword, spear, or staff and have control over its damage, element, and accuracy/power offset.
** To a lesser extent, spellcrafting allows the player to customize the Spellcraft spell with one of nine elements.
* KarmaMeter: ''[=AdventureQuest=]''[='=]s "Morality Compass" which measures good vs. evil and unity vs. chaos.
* {{Kaiju}}: [=ZardZilla=]. Even his description text says so.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Early on, some of the best weapons in the games were katanas, like the Power Katana and the Ice Katana. Over time, though, other weapons surpassed them in damage.
* KaizoTrap: Some enemies, notably Adalons and Thunderbirds, will get a surprise hit in during their death animation. The damage dealt is usually light, but it can still kill the player character if health is that low.
** Health draining status effects such as poison or bleeding will hit the player character after the player's turn... even after the enemy's HP has been reduced to 0. Considering that these status effects can take off quite a good chunk of HP if they're strong enough, this can result in quite a nasty surprise as the game checks for the player's death before the enemy's.
* KillerRabbit: Several versions, and most literally with the Grenwog 2014 boss Bundorable. It looks like, of course, an adorable bunny, but then the player fights it and it reveals that it can transform into a bunny demon and bunny dragon.
* KnightTemplar:
** Galanoth does not like dragons. While this is not usually a problem, they're not AlwaysChaoticEvil, and he occasionally gets rather... overboard.
** Nemesis just wants to enforce justice. Unfortunately, his definition of justice is "kill everyone who doesn't agree with him".
** Artix's tendencies come to a boil during the "Edge of Extinction" war, where he whips most of the Paladin Order into a fervor, sparking an all-or-nothing war with the Necromancers with the intent of stopping Necromancy forever. [[spoiler: Comes back to bite them HARD when they are not only excommunicated by the Elemental Lady of Light for their actions, but the damage caused to Lore's "ley lines" as a result of the war [[TheMagicGoesAway robs BOTH sides of their signature abilities.]] WordOfGod says that Artix will be going through a MyGodWhatHaveIDone phase for a while.]]
* LeaveNoWitnesses: Used as an excuse on one occasion in the Assassin class quest chain to justify ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption.
* LeeroyJenkins: There is an entire quest about him, in fact, which uses the actual script from the video.
* LevelGrinding: A typical battle is expected to take ten turns, and each turn takes about ten seconds, more or less depending on attack animations. Experience gained from a battle fills a tiny sliver of the player's experience bar, and there are 150 player levels in total. There is a limit to how much experience and gold the player can get in one day, but for most players, they will never reach even half of that cap. It's estimated that it takes at least a month of straight grinding to reach the level cap.
* LevelUpFillUp: The player character restores all of his or her HP and MP upon a level up.
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* LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards: Was a constant problem and the cause of many a nerf.
** As it stands now, Mages specializes in Spell burst damage and special weapon effects and Warrior specializes in a long, drawn out battle with the high power of their standard attacks with higher stats bonus and MUCH more powerful weapon, in term of quality and quantity. Warriors skill cost are also MUCH more cheaper than their magical counterparts at the cost of being slightly weaker. Mages are much better at farming, especially since the elemental Wizard Robes are available fairly early, while Warriors are better against bulky monsters such as bosses.
** In a sense, its more of a Linear Wizards Quadratic Warriors right now. Wizards started out strong and is capable of farming easier than Warriors while Warriors dominates late game after getting all of the necessary equipment and stats boosts.
* LiteralMinded: Eldron, Caelestian God of Good, has this as one of his quirks.
* LittleGreenMen: The Cor-Dem are small, psychic, green aliens that try to warn the player character of some mysterious doom despite their inability to speak the language of Lore. They can be taken as pets that make the enemy more susceptible to magic.
* LivingShadow: The Shadow Universe is populated by beings made of pure shadow. Contact with the Shadow Universe can also turn monsters (and people) into shadows.
* LivingWeapon: Beyond {{Attack Animal}}s, the Malengua and Protector Rod weapons are alive. The former gets stat bonuses from Charisma, while the latter can shift between melee, ranged, and magic forms.
* LizardFolk: The Drakels are (normally) green-skinned dracomammalians against whom Dragonslayer class abilities are effective. Unlike many other words, they're also a HigherTechSpecies, equipped with various {{Magitek}} weapons ranging from genetically engineered warbeasts to {{Mecha}} and, although depicted in the beginning as a AlwaysChaoticEvil race, the conception was subverted as they are as varied as humans and other races are.
* LoadingScreen: There are jokes on them; laggy computers can read them while faster computers cannot.
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* LostForever:
** Early quests (before The Devourer Saga) tended to disappear after they finished being 'live', meaning any of their rewards also disappeared.
** Promotional items only have a short lifespan when they are acquirable.
** Frostval event items are only available during December and early January before they're gone for good.
** Unusually, the Hurricane Blade weapon can only be acquired the first time ever the player character enters the game, as it only appears in the starter shop, which never shows up after completing the tutorial.
* LostWorld: Dinozard Island.
* LoveImbuesLife: During Snugglefest 2010, the ambient love energy on lore manifests itself into a being called Amoria.
* LuckManipulationMechanic:
** The game asks for a stat roll in certain quests. Newer quests allow the player to Defy a failed roll by paying SP proportional to the difference in points needed.
** The Clover Essence and Blue Server Cap double the frequency of Lucky Strikes but cuts damage in half; the Red Server Cap halves the frequency of Lucky Strikes but doubles damage. Damage done is the same on average either way, however.
* LuckStat: Luck is used for [[CriticalHit Lucky Strikes]] and stat roll saves, and it gives a small overall bonus to attack damage, attack accuracy, and dodging chance.
* TheMagicGoesAway: [[spoiler: The Paladins and Necromancers lose the ability to use their talents as a result of their actions in the "Edge of Extinction" event.]]
* MagicKnight: Player characters with 'hybrid' builds, as they're called, can deal both physical and magical damage. The player can also meet Undead Spellswords which use similar attacks.
* MagicWand: Wands are magic weapons that typically cast spells instead of striking the enemy outright.
* {{Magitek}}: The Drakel specialize in 'magiscience' and are the HigherTechSpecies on Lore.
* ManaDrain: The Banshee and Braken can do this to the player, and the player can also do this to enemies using certain weapons.
* ManaShield:
** The Gandolphin healing spell provides a mana shield to deflect a small amount of damage.
** The Shield Generator item uses the player character's SP to reduce incoming damage.
** The Sea Fiend monsters use their SP as extra, regenerating health; the player has to either deal enough damage to bring their SP to zero to deal 'actual' damage or use a special weapon that specializes in ignoring Sea Fiends' SP shields.
* ManualLeaderAIParty: The player can control the player character directly and choose which pets and guests to use. Pets and guests attack on their own, though they do not have as many battle options as the player character.
* TheManyDeathsOfYou: Death animations are dependent on the armor the player is wearing. Some are more amusing than others--like the Zard superhero costumes, which are portrayed in a cheesy superhero manner.
* MarathonBoss:
** [[StoneWall Sine qua non]] is a non-boss example. It has high hit points, no explicit weaknesses, and deals pitiful damage.
** The Night of 100 Ninjas, while not particularly powerful, can take a long time to defeat.
* MarkedChange:
** Various armors, shields and weapons have 'triggers' that make them deal extra damage when they are out against certain enemies. Almost all of them are accompanied by some change in design.
** Ryuusei hunches over, grows CreepyLongFingers, and sports [[RedEyesTakeWarning glowing red eyes]] when acting as Omega. The'Galin points out that he doesn't necessarily have to look so creepy when acting out his role.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * MascotMook: Frogzards.
* MaskOfPower: Some of the miscellaneous items a player character can equip are masks and helms. They typically boost an elemental and damage type resistance.
* MasterOfNone: The player can choose to invest stat points evenly between the six stat attributes. Most people do not build a character like this, however, since the corresponding boosts to damage, accuracy, hit points, and mana are spread too thinly to be of use.
* MaximumHPReduction: Any changes to the Endurance stat causes a corresponding change to maximum and current Hit Points. The Decimator armor's special skill allows the player to reduce the Endurance stat of a monster by between 10 and 50 points for a turn.
* TheMaze: "The Maze" quest is played with the arrow keys as a StealthBasedMission instead of the typical battle-after-battle style of quests.
* TheMedic: The vast majority of Moglins. The only exceptions are the evil Zorbak and Kabroz and the one and only BadAss Moglin in the game, Dewlok.
** Zorbak has healing magic, he just doesn't like to use it. [[spoiler: One of the Death quests lets the player control him. He can indeed heal himself.]]
* MediumAwareness:
** A Dirty Snowman in "Frostval in July!" asks why the player character wasn't paying attention to a cutscene that had all of the exposition in it.
** The player character says that he/she can see past the border of the screen during the "Dinozard Island" quest.
* MercyKill: According to the Dull Ramleon's description, this is the only way to free a being converted into Truphma.
* MercyRewarded: Sparing the undead paladin in "Failure to Communicant" allows the player to get the highest-tier versions of the Communicant set.
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* MinionWithAnFInEvil: Erebus tries to use Ardendor to gain access to Falerin's godly domain, but while Erebus is manipulative enough, Ardendor is... not. His contribution to Erebus's war are 'reversed' monsters--that is, monsters that attack with a certain element and are weak against the opposite element (in contrast to standard monsters that attack and resist the same element). Gameplay-wise, this allows players to use otherwise rarely-useful {{Full Set Bonus}}es to quickly take down Erebus's forces.
* MirrorMatch: A Mogloween quest pits the player to fight against It's You!, a monster has the player character's face, weapon, shield, and stats.
* MirrorUniverse: They are called alternate realities, and the roles of [=NPCs=] in them tend to be switched--Artix is a necromancer rather than a paladin, Galanoth is a dracomancer instead of a dragonslayer, and Ryuusei is fixed on the side of good rather than morally ambiguous.
* MobileFishbowl:
** The Fishguts enemy (and its pet version, Goldyfish) hops and slides around from inside its fishbowl.
** The Desert Conqueror armor fills the player's head with breathable water, all the better to survive in a xeric desert.
* MoneySpider: ''Explained'', amazingly enough. It's somewhere between a subversion, a parody, and a justification: Robina the Hood steals from the rich and gives to "the cute little cuddly-wuddly forest creatures!" There's even the note that "How did you think level 1 spiders got so much gold on them?"
* MonsterAllies: Some of the quest rewards are pet or guest versions of the enemies fought during the quest.
* MonsterClown: In ''[=AdventureQuest=]'', clowns are powerful demons from the inner circles of Heck that worship the demigod of mischief and induce fear upon their victims. The Truphma convert clowns into {{Enemy Mime}}s that inflict Silence instead.
* MonsterMash: Mogloween thrives with all sorts of spooky creatures; we have Zorbak's [=MonsterManiacs=] which consist of a werewolf, vampire, Frankenstein's monster, and fish monster. Other Mogloween quests has the player character fighting against mummies, skeletons, zombies, ghosts, and Moglin monsters.
* MookChivalry: Zig-zagged. If the player character faces multiple of the same monster as a single encounter, they will use multiple attacks in the same turn. However, to keep it fair for the player, they will only do at most double damage. However, there are two monsters--the Green Nasty and Legion--that do not adhere to this rule. These monsters keep dividing until there are eight copies of the original--and they don't deal reduced damage to compensate.
* MoreDakka: The Robodeer pet has a small chance of dealing double damage on its attack. When it does double damage, a message says, "MOAR DAKKA!", as it launches a second round of Gatling-gun fire.
* MorphWeapon: Numerous weapons can alternate between multiple forms to deal either damage of different elements, attack types, or leans. The Shadowscourge Pyracepter, Z-Blade Scythe, and Shifting Blade are examples of such weapons.
* MortalityEnsues: In the 2011 April Fools quest, Radagast and Khold summon demigod Loco to Lore stripped of his powers. Bad thing is that now his powers are running amok around Lore without him to control them.
* MultiMookMelee: "Triple Challenge" has the player character fighting three enemies at once in battle. Other quests may have the player character battling multiple enemies as well.
* MutuallyExclusivePowerups: The player character can only activate one miscellaneous item at a time. For the item Beleqwaya's Gift, the description states that humans can't handle all three powers the Gift might be.
* MysteriousStranger: ''[=AdventureQuest=]'' relishes in adding mysterious masterminds to quest chains. At points, some of them meet and essentially compete to see which one of them is the more mysterious and ominous.
* MythArc: The Devourer Saga
* TheNapoleon: Despite being the god of Etherspace, Etherseid is mocked by human characters for looking like a tiny pony. Even his own minions laugh at his stature, which only enrages him more.
* {{Nerf}}: This is decided by the staff group the Knights of Order ([=KoO=]). They appear in-game in several places: Aelthai in Battleon, Zephyros in the Azamay quest, Khold and Radagast in the '09 and '10 April Fools' events, Shii as an Assassin class trainer, and Kalanyr in several quests.
* NerfArm:
** In the April Fool's Day 2008 event, a Nerf Wraith turns the player character's sword into a foam covered version of the default warrior weapon. After the quest, the player can purchase nerf pugil sticks, boffers, and guns as 'real' weapons.
** The Club Bouncer enemy is meant to be lethal, even though he wields the same Nerf Boffer weapon from the April Fools quest.
* NeverBareheaded: Galanoth never takes off his armor--a fact that is lampshaded in the Snugglefest 2013 quest. His alternate counterpart is a Dracomancer, so his armor lacks a face-obscuring helmet; to prevent the player character from seeing his face, every quest with alternate Galanoth has some [[UnrevealAngle prop conveniently blocking his face]], except for a split moment in "Us vs. Regeirk!"
* NeverSayDie:
** Death is rather commonplace in ''[=AdventureQuest=]'', given the abundance of undead, [=NPCs=] threatening to kill each other (and sometimes succeeding), and player character deaths. Because DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist, since there are clever ways to use magic to skirt death and Death is a pretty nice guy about resurrecting people, mentions of the words 'kill' and 'die' aren't uncommon for a family-friendly game. In contrast, Eukara Vox's "Seeking Silence" tries its darndest to explicitly avoid the topic of suicide. The online AQ encyclopedia entry for [[http://forums2.battleon.com/f/tm.asp?m=21851532 Morcef]] skirts around the words 'die' and 'kill', instead preferring 'terminate' and 'end', while many other entries just use the standard words.
** Unusually, while there are Hellhounds in Lore, the place they originate from is called Heck.
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* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: It's very possible to be a [[UpToEleven ninja-pirate-dragonslayer-vampireslayer-dracomancer-paladin-necromancer-knight-beastmaster-shapeshifter-assassin with a black belt.]]
** Reaching level 10 in the Necromancer class lets the player character optionally become a lich. Since the player can choose to be any one of four possible subraces, this means you can double the undead fun and become a vampire lich.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Among the many parodies ''[=AdventureQuest=]'' includes are ones of real-life figures. For example, one of the Void bosses is Death Flair, which is Death dressed and acting like Wrestling/RicFlair. He is a [[FightingClown deceptively difficult boss]], being easily able to stunlock the unprepared player.
* NoFourthWall:
** The Guardian Dragon is especially prone to this, with quips like "Sorry I'm late, the server was lagging again."
** Frostval 2014's giftbox armor is based off of fourth-wall breaker SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}, so the armor's special attack uses the game's interface to stun the enemy.
* NoGearLevel:
** Being 'nerfed' from either the 2008 April Fools quest or through a Rayfish's DesperationAttack replaces the player character's equipment with Nerfage equipment, essentially reducing their effectiveness to zero.
** The Dracopyre of Night enemy can disarm the player's weapon, forcing him or her to use bare hands. Yes, the game acknowledges that the player character has to [[VideoGame/ColossalCave beat a dragon-vampire-werewolf with his/her bare hands]].
* NonElemental: The rare Void/Harm element can be used to bypass elemental resistances.
* NonHumanUndead: It seems that anything that can be made undead will be by some enterprising necromancer. The player can encounter undead versions of Zards, Moglins, [[{{Dracolich}} dragons]], chimeras, gnats, elves, cats, Braken, apes, Goggs, trolls, leprechauns, Ribbers, Frostval bosses, and whatever can be cobbled from bits and pieces of any of the previous.
* NonLinearSequel: ''VideoGame/{{DragonFable}}'', ''VideoGame/{{MechQuest}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{AdventureQuest Worlds}}''
* NonMammalMammaries: Female Drakels and the gecko Pae, though the Drakel has have hair in later renditions. The staff have stated that this was intentional and not an artistic drift.
* NoodleIncident: Falerin mentions some Uncreated events in "The Restoration" and states that they are better left undiscussed.
* OneBadMother: Mother is the primordial creature that created the Shadow Universe and all of its inhabitants. It sends its Shadow creatures to a FateWorseThanDeath if it is too disruptive, although it seems it has benevolent intentions in mind.
* OneHitKill: [=PowerWord=] Die instantly zeroes any monster's health, as long as it isn't too strong for the player character (so a level 1 player can't fish for [=PowerWord=] Die on a level 150 boss to gain a few million experience points).
* OneStatToRuleThemAll: The Dunamis and Poelala pets/guests once provided abnormally large boosts for warriors and mages, respectively; most pets/guests deal direct damage for the player, but Dunamis and Poelala boost the player's damage by the same amount a pet would deal scaled with the Charisma stat. Having Dunamis/Poelala as both the pet and guest ''multiplies'' player damage instead of adding, and there was no penalty for their boost being always effective against the enemy, making them much more powerful than any other strategy. When Thernda, the ranger version of Dunamis and Poelala, was released, all three pets/guests were nerfed to be less useful than the average pet.
* OneSteveLimit:
** During the "Bizarre Flecks" saga, several characters meet their alternate-universe counterparts. The naming scheme for differentiating alternate counterparts is inconsistent; some pairs of characters have the same name, some have {{Sdrawkcab Name}}s, and some are just called 'Alternate' or 'Mirror' .
** When Erebus splits Falerin into {{Literal Split Personalit|y}}ies, everyone seems to agree on naming all of Falerin's pieces differently depending on their traits.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Zorbak claims in Frostval 2012 that he's the only one that should destroy Frostval--meaning he's willing to save it from being destroyed by new villain Frigidere.
* OurMonstersAreWeird: Boy, howdy. The player character can fight everything from worms to the stat roller to ice cream to giant ticks to tomatoes to [[KillerRabbit Sarah the Nerfkitten]] to leprechauns to were-seals... the list goes on and on.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent[=/=]OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: They're generally pretty much standard-issue, but there are also vampire-werewolf hybrids and ''[[HybridMonster vampire-werewolf-dragon]]'' hybrids.
* OurWerebeastsAreDifferent: Beyond the standard werewolf, ''[=AdventureQuest=]'' is home to Werepyres, [=WereDragons=], Were-Hares, Werehogs (really a man in a pig costume) [=WereBats=], and {{Selkies|AndWereseals}}. %% The inconsistent syntax is consistent with in-game spelling.
* OutOfTheInferno: Not only can the player character [[ConvectionSchmonvection battle right next to the lip of a volcano]], but he/she can survive being directly hit by Ultra Magma Akiroth's dragonfire while his/her armor melts into slag.
* OxymoronicBeing: The "Mystery! AQ Live" event is spurred on by the sight of paradoxical beings around Lore: a dragon that is half-living and half-dead (but not undead), a fairy-centaur that is half-good and half-evil, a two-headed humanoid beast that's half-molten and half-frozen, a flying animal with a giant hippo's head and tiny hummingbird's body, and a fusion between a Moglin and Gogg (half-healing, half-destruction). For finishing the quest, the player receives contradictory items as rewards.
* PercentDamageAttack: A few rare attacks scale according to enemies' hit points; the most commonly-recognized example is the Guardian Dragon special attack from the Weapons of Awe, which deals around 33% of the monster's health, adjusted by the level difference between the player and monster.
* PettingZooPeople: The Nekos are humans that slowly transformed into CatFolk [[AnimalEaredHeadband by magical cat ears]]. It was intended for Nekos to be a possible player character subrace like Vampires and Werewolves, but since Lord Barrius's exit, any chance of that happening seems rare.
* PhysicalGod: Lorithia was once said to have been a physical god at one point, which led to The'Galin's ascension to godhood. This was only told through forum backstory information. Falerin and Eldron are the gods of Evil and Good for the world of Caelestia.
* PiratesVersusNinjas: The Pirage and Ninja class leaders are rivals of one another. There have been wars between the two.
* PlanetTerra: Earth is one of the planets in the ''[=AdventureQuest=]'' universe, and it is referred to as Terra and natives as Terrans.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * PlayingWithFire: Mercuria, Drakkonan
* PointyEars: In "Mostly Harmful", the Chosen [[SpottingTheThread accuses]] Falerin of being an imposter due to his pointy ears, given that he is human. Falerin claims that be specifically shaped his appearance to be similar to Eldron, who is an elf with naturally pointy ears. After Falerin starts mulling over the exact circumstances of how his appearance was created, the Chosen relents that it's SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay.
* PoisonedWeapons: The Poison Arrow Vial gives any bow-type weapons the ability to poison enemies. Other weapons can also naturally give the Poison status effect, or the player character can sic the venomous tail of his/her chimera on the enemy.
* PopQuiz: When infiltrating N.O.V.A. in the "Worlds in Peril" quest, the player is asked questions about the organization that are never mentioned in the game. It redirects the player to a link to the forums where the player can ask about it before the quest starts, though.
* PortalBook: Some of the scrolls in Falerin's library allow the player to re-experience historical quests, but they are more 'museum' locations, given there are no rewards beyond gold given from beating monsters.
* PortalPicture: House portraits sometimes allow the player to visit events and claim quest rewards from them, even if they are seasonal or permanently rare.
* PowerCreep:
** An early update to game mechanics gave melee and ranged weapons a damage boost of 4/3. Some older weapons were unaffected by this, so rewards from older quests (for example, the weapons summoned from the Mark of Hope) became obsolete.
** Mastercraft equipment were once rare and only applied to sets of items acquired from the end of hard quests. Nowadays, nearly every item is Mastercraft, and any items that don't get the Mastercraft boost are quickly dismissed.
* PowerCreepPowerSeep: The Chosen can defeat gods in some quests but be KO'd by wild animals in another, [[StrongAsTheyNeedToBe depending on the writer]]. Usually, though, the writers agree that when the Chosen [[LetsGetDangerous Gets Dangerous]], his/her power can't be denied.
* PowerEqualsRarity: Downplayed.
** It's possible for the player to get an end-game inventory just from shopping around town, but usually items from quests and have an advantage.
** Items from the common Golden Giftbox shop are not mastercraft, while items from the rare and ultra-rare shops are and tend to fill niches not satisfied by other items.
* PowerGlows: Lauren, being the manifestation of the Lorian God of Creation, has a sprite with a yellow glow around it.
* PowerOfTheVoid: Void-element monsters skip elemental resistances and inflict 2x damage, making them highly dangerous, considering resistances are critical for most matchups. Void Dragons drain the player character's health for each miss incurred, and dragons tend to have high dexterity, making the match tip further in the Void Dragon's favor. The'Galin's Head from the 10th Anniversary quest takes these traits up a notch; it takes 40% of the damage from a normal monster and has a special attack that allows it to skip the player character's turn.
* PowerUp: Potion chests can be found as enemy encounters, and the potions inside can be used to restore Health and Mana.
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* PunnyName: Plenty of [=NPCs=] have them.
** Warlic a mage, and another term for mages are Warlocks.
** The [=SeekRat=] is a rat person who seeks the secrets of the Shadow Universe.
** Wandy is a water witch that uses a MagicWand. She says her parents thought they had a sense of humor.
** Lorithia's/Lauren's name is intentionally similar to Lore, given that she is the Lorian goddess of creation.
** Makkisar's name plays off of 'massacre', having only two consonant phonemes swapped. He fittingly sends Carnax and Carnax-like monsters into the past to conquer it.
** Irolustre is the in-game name of an artist who worked on "Mystery! AQ Live" and the Eclipsus Quest Chain. Her name is a short distance away from 'illustrator'.
** A Leprechaun that has been converted into Truphma has the suitably fitting name O'Press.
** Wabio is a parody of romance novel trope TheCasanova--evidenced by his name punning on Fabio Lazoni's.
** Loco is a demigod of mischief, much akin to the original prankster god Loki.
** Uncle Sham is a Scrooge-like leprechaun in a top hat and beard.
** Khold Staeirgh, an associate of Radagast, appears for a few April Fools quests.
** Annech Dote is the name of a certain librarian's analogue with a suitably noted name.
** [[LouisCypher Louis Zephyr]] is a messenger of thought-to-be BigBad The'Galin. He is never seen, instead preferring to organize and work behind the scenes.
** Val Kyrie is, in fact, a valkyrie. And a ClingyJealousGirl.
** D'scvr is a long-lost space probe that had just been discovered.
** Safiria's Plea has the player character fighting against werewolves as a ninja cat. Two of these werewolves are named Ad-Were and Spy-Were. The Ad-Were's description claims he's trying to sell something, and the Spy-Were's description lampshades that his disguise--an out-of-place mustache--fools no one.
** Many 'zard' variants are designed off of punny names. We have:
*** [[AnIcePerson BlizZard]]
*** [[BigCreepyCrawlies BuzZard]] (not a GiantFlyer)
*** [[UsefulNotes/RussianHeadsOfState Czard]]
*** [[NuclearNasty BioHaZard]]
*** [[BarrierChangeBoss HapHazard]]
*** [[GiantEnemyCrab Rock Lobzard]]
*** [[Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar Caeszard]]
*** [[BlessedAreTheCheesemakers Cheezard]]
*** {{Cur|se}}Zard
*** [[Series/TheDukesOfHazzard Duke of HaZard]]
*** [[CallASmeerpARabbit LizZard]]
*** [[FishPeople Zardine]]
*** [[PraetorianGuard Zardian]]
*** [[Creator/WolfgangAmadeusMozart MoZard]]
*** [[Franchise/PowerRangers MegaZard]]
*** [[Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet Scizzard]]
** Throwaway [=NPCs=] tend to have punny names.
*** The host of the Wizard Games is Aye'kent Spelle.
*** The Drakel who is Shiela's match in "The Matchmaker" is named [[TheCasanova Kasn'hova]]... not that we get to see much of him.
*** In "Germinator: Plantation!", Vince states that a man named Myarkul Grao (Miracle Grow) came to his workshop claiming to be an avatar of the Demigod of Fertility.
** Frostval characters tend to have the punniest of names:
*** Khandie Khain, the adopted daughter of a [[YouMeanXMas Frostval]] villain. In a gag cutscene, we see her mother having the name Shugga Khain.
*** Sandy Claws, a Christmas-themed GiantEnemyCrab.
*** Tydlee Wynx, a Moglin toymaker.
*** Of course, Tydlee Wynx changes Chilly into a Carnax-like abomination just to be able to call him Chillax.
*** Frigidere, an ice necromancer.
** The Lightcan, a Light-element lycan pet, has a description that mentions a few rejected puns that might have been its name.
** The Uvee enemy is deals Light-element damage that can blind the player character. Its name is a pun of UV rays.
** Mu Glen's name is an easternized version of the Moglin species name.
** Pet Trobbles (and some enemy Trobbles) have puns based off of various 'troubles'. "The Trouble with Trobbles" introduces the Car Trobble, Legal Trobble, and Big Trobble, and old Snugglefest quests add Girl Trobble to the mix. The "Big Trobble in Little Syna" quest adds Storm Trobble as a mini-boss.
** The previous wearer of the Armor of Awe is named King Awethur.
** Dark Madder's name is a parody of the character she is a ShoutOut to and a play on "dark matter".
** The Horo-Show set of equipment is based off of either "horrorshow" from ''Literature/AClockworkOrange'' or its word of origin, "khorosho".
* PunBasedTitle: Many quest titles are this, if they aren't shout-outs.
** The "Absol-ution Saga" puns off of Absolix's name.
** There are a sequence of quests that pun off of the similarity between "Trobble" and "Trouble", such as "Trobble on the High Seas!" and "[[Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina Big Trobble on Little Syna]]".
* PurposefullyOverpowered: "Mastercrafted" items are much more powerful than other items at their level, by balancing power with expensiveness, with 10% more power for 10% higher cost.
* PyrrhicVictory: [[spoiler:The Paladins over the Necromancers in The Edge of Extinction war. The war was won, but at the cost of Halenro and all of their magical energies.]]
* RainbowPimpGear: Since ClothesMakeTheSuperman, some armors that look silly can be extremely powerful. Bunny Jammies, for example, makes the monster less capable of defending or less likely to hit because it's laughing at the player character.
* RandomizedDamageAttack: Some attacks can have high 'random' damage, giving the chance to deal extremely high or extremely low damage per strike.
** The Kite series of spells, Love Machine pet, and balloon items released in the 2015 April Fools quest are random-heavy.
** The Wild Spell skill from the mage class armor doubles random damage for spells.
** The Loco Costume armor converts all damage to random, much befitting the demigod of mischief and randomness.
* RandomNumberGod: The player has to make TabletopGame-like stat rolls during class training or Mastercraft quests to progress.
* RandomDrop:
** 'Monster hunt'-type of quests requires the player to find a particular monster out of a pool of encounters for some loot. Thankfully, the drop is guaranteed, even if the encounter chance is random.
** Most quest rewards are guaranteed, but the ones at "Jagged Peaks", "Mount Thrall: Alien Bounty", and "Transient Immortality" may change every time the quest is completed.
** Choosing to battle dragonkind has a 25% chance of rewarding the player with the Dragon Blade, rather than 100% against dragon essences.
* RandomEffectSpell: Loco's Gift is a wand that casts a spell with a randomly-chosen element. In addition, it allows the player access to an accessory that randomizes the spell even more.
* RazorWings: Razorwings, of course, are metallic birds that slice the enemy with their sharp wings.
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver:
** More than half of the major antagonists of the game have this motif--it's best exemplified by the heads of the Eternal Dragon of Time. Besides the first head, which is a {{Dracolich}}, and the fourth, which is a mountainous titan, the others are primarily red and black in color.
** Subverted with shadows, which are black {{Living Shadow}}s with RedEyesTakeWarning. While there are malevolent shadows that follow Ultimon, the player character sees a fair share of shadows that act normally.
* Really700YearsOld: The Huntress explains in "Trouble From Beyond" that she and her father, who became known as The Eternal, survived the coming of The'Galin from 1000 years ago and so were cursed with immortality. The Huntress also shows that she is a very skilled ActionGirl adamant on stopping The'Galin's next return.
* RedOniBlueOni: Galanoth and Cyrus. Galanoth's a HotBlooded [[TheDragonslayer Dragonslayer]] with a [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience red]] [[BadassCape cape]] who deals [[DishingOutDirt Earth damage]] as a guest and tends to command the spirt of a Fire Dragon to [[PlayingWithFire attack]], while Cyrus is a [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience blue]] [[HalfHumanHybrid half]]-[[AnIcePerson Ice]] [[DraconicHumanoid dragon]] [[TheStoic stoic]] [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Draco]][[WhateverMancy mancer]] that does [[BlowYouAway Wind damage]] as a party member. They're leaders within their own groups, whose personalities and wits clash, and are usually seen together due to circumstances. Even Vampire Slayer E recognizes them to be like Yin and Yang.
* RespawningEnemies: In exploratory/maze-like quests, backtracking can make monsters respawn. How frequently depends on the quest--some force the player to re-battle all monsters with each step taken. "Maze of the Mana Dragon" has an unlucky 1/13 chance of fighting an enemy when returning to a previously-cleared room. "Taladosian Relics!" features no respawning enemies at all.
* RespawnOnTheSpot: Most quests need to be restarted if the player character dies. Some quests expect the character die as part of the plot--in that case, the quest goes on normally after some in-game explanation for recovery.
* RetractableWeapon: The Telescoping Sword.
* RevenueEnhancingDevices: Z-Tokens can be used to get the best equipment, but they can also be used to purchase [[AHomeownerIsYou a house]], which have only minor contributions to gameplay besides being a sink for Z-Tokens. Houses allow the player to pick up a few temporary items, visit out-of-season quests using {{Portal Picture}}s, and, with an estate, send an army into an ongoing war, but they are by no means necessary.
* ReverseMole: Erebus takes one of Falerin's fragments--Ardendor--under his wing. Falerin manages to find and recohere with Ardendor, and he and the Chosen decide to bait Erebus by having Falerin act as Ardendor. The ploy works; Erebus, for all of his deceit and manipulation, is manipulated himself when 'Ardendor' lets Atlas free and gives Erebus a coherent identity.
* RiddlingSphinx: Not the sphinxes the player faces against. They just might decide to kill you instead.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter:
** In-universe, [[BunniesForCuteness Bun-Bits]] are cute enough that that as an enemy encounter, they charm the player into dealing less damage.
** One of a Thunderchick's attacks is staring at the enemy with huge PuppyDogEyes, and that inflicts damage.
** The Rose, Carnation, and Lavender doll pets also use their cuteness as a gameplay mechanic, giving them the chance to burn, control, and blind the enemy, respectively.
** The Eye of Chillax and Nightsever weapons deal increased damage on 'cute' enemies, which include Moglins, Trobbles, and Bun-Bits.
** Moglins. However, many of the fans find them annoying, especially [[SpeechImpairedAnimal Twig]] and [[TheDitz Twilly]]. This has led to all sorts of... [[ComedicSociopathy interesting]] quests, including a minigame where the player character punts Twilly and an April Fool's Day quest that featured Twig as [[EldritchAbomination the Devourer]].
*** Twig being the Master of Evil was also referencing a forum in-joke.
*** Then, of course, because this ''is'' ''[=AdventureQuest=]'', they decided to subvert their whole joke: After the [[AffectionateParody Mogbusters]] spend quite a while abusing him, [[spoiler:the myth that "moglins can fly with their ears" turns out to be ''true''.]] Then Twig lands in a patch of piranha-infested water. For most people this would be a problem, but Twig is a BigEater when it comes to fish and ice cream. They never stood a chance.
*** The only Moglins who are ''not'' ridiculously cute in some way are Zorbak and Kabroz, "ebil" and evil Moglin necromancers, respectively.
* RuleOfFun: The weapons and armor are often ridiculous, [[HurricaneOfPuns the puns numerous]], the monsters... surprising... and every quest [[ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption will involve the player character fighting.]] Some might say it's a rather popular game.
* SaiGuy: Sais are available as weapons from the Ninja class shop and deal Darkness-element damage, fittingly.
* SapientShip: Falerin's 'abode' is actually one of his avatars, capable of communicating with him and projecting memories.
* SchmuckBait: The Ancient Mana Dragon at the end of the "Maze of the Mana Dragon" quest offers the player character the helmet piece of Dragon Knight armor. Every NPC encountered on the quest warns that the dragon will offer a corrupting power. Should the player not read the quest dialogue or decide out of curiosity to take the helmet, then the player character will be corrupted into a half-dragon soldier and brainwashed into serving the Mana Dragon. This is considered an 'ending' by the game, so the player has to restart the entire quest and decline the helmet to get the Dragon Knight rewards.
* SdrawkcabName:
** Zorbak and Kabroz, two Moglin necromancer brothers.
** Varax and Xarav. two djinnis--one working for Drakkonan, one as a guide for the Igneus clan.
** Xitra Regeirk is Artix Krieger's EvilTwin from an alternate universe.
** Xov Arakue is Eukara Vox's antithesis. Eukara is a teacher and champions creativity, while Xov controls the Truphma, {{Humanoid Abomination}}s that use boredom to conquer others.
** In "Mystery! AQ Live", Galanoth claims he slayed Nogard, the Dragon of Paradoxical Conundrums, which is what was causing {{Oxymoronic Being}}s to spawn around Lore.
* SelkiesAndWereseals: Were-seals are dubbed Selkies in the game. They pose as Water-element enemies that like to spike the player character with beach balls as an attack.
* SequentialBoss:
** The Shadow Colossus/Serpent/Storm is a single boss with three forms, using three different strategies.
** The Eternal Dragon of Time has six heads that the player tackles one-at-a-time chronologically by what each dragon's head represents.
* SerratedBladeOfPain: Most weapons that inflict the Bleed status have this.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Falerin's speech, which has become somewhat of a minor meme on the forums.
** Falerin has lampshaded it:
-->Parenthetical note to self. I am slipping. Two uses of the same word in the same sentence. Substitute archaic or something similar. I would use "antediluvian" but I am not sure there ever was a Lorian deluge of some sort. "Old" simply lacks feeling. Hmm. "Archaic implies lack of utility that is a problematic connotation. Of course, given the contents... and I am rambling once again.
** In "Tangled Web of Fate", Lorithia lampshades that Falerin's face should be example for the word "sesquipedalian".
* SetBonus: Mastercraft sets tend to have them in order to compensate for the fact that most of the time, the weapon and armor don't work well together.
* SexyManInstantHarem: Snugglefest 2008's Quest involves Warlic trying out a LovePotion and becoming a Fabio parody, instantly mesmerizing female [=NPCs=] in Battleon.
* ShamuFu: The Swordfish and Twig's Swordfish weapons are, in fact, fish.
* ShoutOut: Loads, ranging in scale from a couple of random lines from ''{{Hamlet}}'' to an entire quest devoted to an AffectionateParody of ''Series/MythBusters''.
** One of the first [=NPCs=] in the game, the Frogzard Hunter, is a parody of [[Series/CrocodileHunter Steve Irwin]], down to the speech pattern.
** Any item or monster description with the format "It won't ____, but it'll instead ____," is guaranteed to have the former part of the sentence be an external reference.
*** The Emerald Golem says its emeralds weren't guarded by [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire some dragon that lives in the clouds]], but they're still extremely valuable.
*** The description for a Gargoyle says that it won't be found [[WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}} on a clock tower in New York]].
*** [=BioHaZard=]'s description says that the player isn't [[VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}} Lone Wanderer]] but has to deal with radiation nonetheless.
*** A Mystic Iron Golem is a spirit trapped in a suit of iron armor. The description points out that it doesn't have [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist a brother with a metal arm and leg]].
** When having Radagast as a guest, if the player runs out of SP to keep him fighting, he'll suddenly disappear while commenting about [[{{Freakazoid}} Jack]] [[JustForFun/CandleJack Candle.]]
** The Guardian Dragon is full of this.
*** [[Anime/DragonBall "Kame...... hame................. haaaaaaaaaaaaaa!"]]
*** [[Anime/DragonBall "I'mma chargin' mah fire breath!"]]
*** [[Music/BloodHoundGang "We don't need no water let the burn! Burn , burn!"]]
*** [[Creator/PeterJackson "I could quit this job. My agent says Peter Jackson wants me to play Smaug."]]
** In "Absol-ution Part I", the spaceship to travel through Etherspace is named after ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', and the landmarks in space are named after ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''.
** The Centerprise crew of "The Bizarre Flecks Saga - Part III: Star Blecch!" are all {{Exp|y}}ies of ''Series/StarTrek'' characters in name.
** The Ninja Flyrtle pets are, of course, {{Exp|y}}ies of ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles''.
** Each of the samurat enemies references another work involving samurais: [[WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack Samurat's description]], [[Anime/AfroSamurai Afro Samurat]], [[Anime/SamuraiPizzaCats Samurai Pizza Rat]], and Cauliflower Samurat. %% Cauliflower Samurat is a shout-out to something... but what?
** There is an entire series of enemies found in "Mogbusters! - Twig's Dilemma!" whose names are aquatic puns of ''Series/AmericanIdol'' winners.
** The Bun-Rangers are half parodies of ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'' with their elements of Fire, Earth, Fire, Water, and Snuggles and half of ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' as they summon [=MegaZard=] and [=DragonZard=] mechas from an ocarina.
** The Mighty Morphin' Golem Stranger pets named after the ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' seasons.
** Cara Loft is a obvious play on [[Franchise/TombRaider Lara Croft]]. The player meets her when searching through the Ruins of Rundlecrum.
** One of the cats from Thunder Mountain the player character can purchase is called a [[WesternAnimation/ThunderCats Znarf]].
** The final enemy the player character meets during the Martial Artist class quest chain is named [[BruceLeeClone Bruised Lee]], and the enemy looks awfully like the original.
** Alricon the [=UnDeadeye=]'s description says that he died from [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim an arrow to the knee]] before backtracking and saying 'head' instead.
** The final enemies of the "Transfarmers" quest are 'zard and dragon Franchise/{{Transformers}}.
** "Transmorphers: Beast Hostilities" has a standoff between four different FunnyAnimal creatures done in the narration style of ''Series/IronChef''/''Series/IronChefAmerica'', of all things.
** "Shadows Are Magic!" is essentially takes ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' and shadow-ifies it, as [=ElBhe=] [[WaxingLyrical Waxes Lyrical]] about making a shadowcupcake out of shadowingredients to catch shadowponies.
** Lord Barrius revisits ''My Little Pony'' in the "Elements of D'awww!" quest, where [=ElBhe=] meets a shadowpony named Inky Sky who gives a detailed description of the history of shadowponies, which involve defeating Queen Fillymeana using the Elements of Daw. Inky Sky also mentions how the veil is always [[Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey fifty shades of black]], and finding an Element of Daw will have the game triumphantly proclaim "[[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda DA DA DA DAAAAA!]]"
** In "Zorbak and Safiria's Challenge", the player is tasked to conquer four fortresses. It seems the quest was made just so Zorbak could claim AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs.
** The Goldyfish pet and Fishguts enemy is a small goldfish that TurnsRed, turning into a large, serpent-like creature stuck inside its glass bowl, not unlike Magikarp and Gyarados of ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''.
** The prefix descriptor of the [=TwEbil=] line of guests go from 'Bad' to 'Troublesome' to 'Impish' to 'Wicked' to 'Naughty' to 'Rascally'... but the highest-level variant is [[UsefulNotes/EvelKnievel TwEbil KinEbil]].
** The Rosethorn Lance has prefixes that go from 'Wilting' to 'Field' to 'Wild' to 'Bluestar' to 'Prickly' to 'Hip' to 'Blood' and then [[Music/GunsNRoses Axl]]. The description for the Axl Rosethorn Lance also changes to incorporate the song and album titles "Sweet Child o' Mine", "Appetite for Destruction", "Welcome to the Jungle", and "Paradise City".
** The Void hosts some unusual enemies at times.
*** The Salek Sprayer (that is also found in "Fading Warlic!") is a photo of a salt shaker (somehow) holding a water gun. It yells "EXTINGUISH! EXTINGUISH!". The monster references ''Series/DoctorWho''[='=]s Daleks which are vaguely similar in shape and have a parodied catchphrase.
*** Queen Raychael the Sunray references Creator/RachaelRay's ''$40 a Day'' by claiming to be able to feed her sunray followers for 40 gold per day.
*** King Raymooned the Moonray references ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'' by stating that "Everybody loves him and his wacky family."
** In the 2009 April Fools quest, Loco brainwashes Radagast and Khold, and the next time the player character sees them, they are in clown makeup. Radagast asks the player, [[Film/TheDarkKnight "Why so serious?"]]
** The Revengers are of course based on Marvel's ''Franchise/TheAvengers''. [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Invincible Hogg]] is a green, muscular boar in purple shorts that engages in HulkSpeak, [[ComicBook/IronMan Irony Man]] is a loudmouth in red-and-yellow armor, [[ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} Logan]] is a literal wolverine with a yellow-and-dark-blue coat, and [[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica Lieutenant Lore]] is Lore's CaptainGeographic. They fight [[ComicBook/DoctorDoom Dr. Boom]], an evil clone {{Technopath}}, [[Comicbook/{{Venom}} Varnak]], a villain with spider-themed powers, and [[Comicbook/RedSkull Lead Skull]], a robot with a very fitting moniker.
** The description for the Drill Lance is written in the style of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''.
** The Amphibious Oyster enemy is gigantic and blue, and the description mentions [[Music/BlueOysterCult a cult that worships it]]. "They set cities on flame with rock and roll."
** Paxian Defender's description starts off with [[Theatre/LesMiserables "Do you hear the people sing,"]] and the rest of the description is metered and rhymed like the original song.
** The Necrochaun enemy's special attack inflicts a status debuff that lowers the player character's Luck and increases its own. The description for the Unlucky debuff says, [[Film/DirtyHarry "Target feels unlucky, punk."]]
** The former [=VampireSlayer=] class leader was [[LightNovel/VampireHunterD Vampire Slayer E]], and he has a similar appearance to D. The player character can meet Vampire Slayers C, T, and V during "The Cure".
** As the player character fights against a Nerflord, the Nerflord will chant a Nerf version of ''[[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings The Fellowship of the Ring]]''[='=]s One Ring inscription.
** Kaley Obsidia's pet raven is named--what else--[[Creator/EdgarAllanPoe Eapoe]]. It doesn't say "nevermore", but Kaley seems to be able to communicate with it.
** The Predecessor enemy is a green-skinned, reptilian alien with long braid-like hair, not unlike a Franchise/{{Predator}} alien.
** The GO-LD Walker is named after the ''Franchise/StarWars''[='=]s AT-AT walker, though they share few similarities beyond name.
** A [[Film/ArmyOfDarkness Boomstick]] is a rare weapon in the game. It's actually more of a [[MixAndMatchWeapon gunblade]] than either the trope namer or [[BoomStick trope of the same name]].
** The 2010 Frostval Gift Delivery armor is a stretchy suit, and the highest-level version of the armor is named [[Comicbook/FantasticFour Mr Funtastic]].
** The quests involving [[AnnoyingYoungerSibling Barry Jotter]] are blatant parodies of ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' titles.
** Another Harry Potter parody comes up in the first half of "Wizard Games" as a Bun-Bit mage named [[PunnyName Harey Potter]].
** In "Fern Bully" (whose name is derived from ''[[WesternAnimation/FernGullyTheLastRainforest Fern Gully]]''), the boss is a rat parody of Creator/MrT that speaks with AntiquatedLinguistics.
** The Sneak on a Plain enemy references ''Film/SnakesOnAPlane'' in both name in description.
** A Mogloween quest has the player fighting Zirkon, a [[Literature/{{Twilight}} sparkly vampire]].
** One of Tydlee Wynx's mooks is called a [[Franchise/GIJoe G.I. Gnome]], and the description mentions how they fight cobras.
** Lord Etherseid, god of Etherspace, is named after ComicBook/{{Darkseid}}. He is significantly less threatening than his namesake, however.
** Kamui's security system is named P.O.T.A.D.O.S. and quotes lines from ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}''. When it stuns the player character (or an enemy, once the player gets it as a pet) with its hammers, a text bubble appears and says, [[Music/MCHammer "Stop! Hammertime!"]]
** Svadilfari's Oath is an Electric-locked armor with a paralyzing attack. Should the paralysis roll succeed, the game states that the enemy [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 "can't get beyond the thunder dome"]].
** The Flaming Skull item gives Fire- and Darkness-element resistance. The description makes it clear that it's a reference to Comicbook/GhostRider, saying that "Flaming motorcycle and chains sold separately."
** The Firing Toupée bears resemblance to Donald Trump's hairstyle, and of course, the 'Firing' part means it both boosts Fire-element damage and is recommended for [[Series/TheApprentice firing people from the office]]. The description additionally references ''[[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings The Fellowship of the Ring]]'' as a parody of the One Ring engraving.
** The description of the Hammer of Unity are the lyrics of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/If_I_Had_a_Hammer "If I Had a Hammer"]].
** The Helslinger weapon references ''Film/VanHelsing'', as it is a gun whose description suggests that it helps against fighting vampires.
** The "Fading Warlic!" quest is full of references to ''Series/DoctorWho''. The player character and [=NPCs=] are trying to find why Warlic is fading from the current timeline. Warlic looks for a Doctor (in particular, Dr. Voltabolt) for answers. Dr. Voltabolt has two children, Gallie and Frey, and a device called the Z.A.R.D.I.S., a time-traveling Zard partially stuck in the form of a police box. Dr. Voltabolt has the last of the time cords, which the rest were destroyed in some GreatOffscreenWar, which he uses to send the other [=NPCs=] into the past to find the answer to Warlic's dilemma. Along the way, they encounter Salek Sprayers, a salt shaker in place of a Dalek, and a Cyberhen for a Cyberman (although that may also reference ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken''). Along the way, the [=NPCs=] quote ''Doctor Who'' frequently. Then at the end of the quest, they start quoting ''Film/BackToTheFuture''.
** The latter half of the "Ep-pig!" quest is played like a ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' episode, and the player character hangs many lampshades on the work's tropes.
** The Beast King Jammies armor is a reference to Max's pyjamas in ''Literature/WhereTheWildThingsAre''.
** The Gauntlet of the Western Horizon item plays on ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' in its name and description. It allows the player to inflict a spiritual seed (delayed damage) and to daze the enemy. If the enemy has been dazed before by the item, a text bubble says that "You are already dazed!"
** "Jypley's Believe it... or Rot!" is named after ''Franchise/RipleysBelieveItOrNot'', and the quest features Mr. Jypley's Museum of the Strange and Bizarre.
** The 2012 Mogloween quest is named "Film/{{Zombieland}}s", and the OneShotCharacter for that quest is named [[Creator/WoodyHarrelson Harryl Woodson]] who has a NiceHat and fights with a banjo. He's looking for Taladosian tarts, a.k.a., Twinkies.
** The Blood Orb item has the line "Blood for the Blood Orb!", referencing ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''.
** The Pixel set of items is based off of ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}''[='=]s aesthetic. The Pixel Stalker pet from the set is a pig that acts like a Creeper.
** A ghost in the "Canyon of Lost Souls" quest states that [[Theatre/{{Macbeth}} "Something wicked this way comes!"]] before fleeing from the Spectre approaching them.
** Warlic creates Love Potion #729 in the 2008 Snugglefest quest. He claims it's named because it's the cube of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_Potion_No._9_%28song%29 Love Potion #9]].
** Two zombies in an early Zorbak War were named Film/BillAndTed.
** From Frostval 2009 is Bergos, an ice bear in golden armor, not unlike Iorek Byrnison of ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials''.
** The Beach Boy and Beach Boy Imitators are a quartet of enemies that, of course, derive their name and description from Music/TheBeachBoys.
** A trio of Badger Berserkers is called [[WebAnimation/WeeblAndBob BadgerBadgerBadger]], and their description states that "[[Film/BlazingSaddles We don't need no stinking badgers!]]"
** The [=LOCOmotive=] is a train that's been infused with Loco's chaotic energies. The description says its name is WesternAnimation/{{Thomas|TheTankEngine}}.
** The Emerald Wizard Staff summons a Flying Monkey as a guest, a reference to ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz''[='=]s wizard of the Emerald City and the Wicked Witch's flying monkeys. The description additionally mentions that all the player needs now is a [[Film/OzTheGreatAndPowerful tiny china doll]].
** St. Elmo's Fire is a real thing, but ''[=AdventureQuest=]''[='=]s version of it shows Elmo's head from ''Series/SesameStreet'' in a mitre with blue will-o-wisps around him.
** Dinozard Island is essentially Franchise/JurassicPark, since it is a secluded island filled with prehistoric reptilles. The [=SmartZard=] wants to call it Cretaceous Park, even. There's a [[ArtisticLicensePaleontology CaveZard]] that babbles "[[Literature/{{Cinderella}} Bibbity bobbity boo!]]" as a primeval language.
** A clown from the 2015 April Fools quest is named Nickelwise, and he claims to be the rock-star leader of the band Loco's Clowns. His name is a mash-up of [[Literature/{{It}} Pennywise]] and Music/{{Nickelback}}, and his backstory plays the part.
** The Abominable Snowman enemy mentions AndCallHimGeorge in its description--essentially likening Elmyra Duff of ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' a brute.
** The Gong of the Wind! pet is a clear reference to ''Film/GoneWithTheWind''.
** The Mastercraft set based off of NorseMythology is named after Franchise/MarvelUniverse's Asgardians.
** The Shikyo Mask miscellaneous item says that it makes the wearer feel hollow inside. It looks almost exactly like Ichigo's Hollow mask from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''.
** Moglinator enemies have tiers named in the same manner as Terminators from ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}''.
** The player character says "[[Series/{{Seinfeld}} Helloooo--- Newman.]]" toward the end of the Eclipsus quest chain, additionally lampshading the pop-culture reference.
** The Scizzard is designed after'' Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'', what with its SkunkStripe hair, scissors, and description that says it's 'part demon' and 'part barber'.
** The Snowglobe miscellaneous item damages the enemy with ice particles--or, according to the description, "[[Music/ElvisPresley Hail for your enemy, baby!]]"
** There is a Duke of [=HaZard=] enemy with the same color and pattern as the ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'' car, and the description is a modified version of the show's theme.
** The "Mostly Harmful" quest derives its name from ''Literature/MostlyHarmless'' but is otherwise only tangentially related, what with its sci-fi introduction leading back to Lore.
** The "Phantom of the Opera" quest is a literal interpretation of the referenced [[Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera work]]'s name.
** Ardendor in "Mostly Harmless" departs with Erebus with an "[[Series/DoctorWho Allons-y!]]"
** Void Dragons are designed after [[Franchise/{{Alien}} Xenomorphs]], what with their slick, black bodies, large foreheads, emaciated bodies, and multiple jaws. The'Galin's Head from the 10th anniversary quest is another void dragon, which also has a dark color scheme and NestedMouths.
** The Babby pet has its description reference the [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/how-is-babby-formed How Is Babby Formed?]] meme.
** The Am-Boss's description states that it has ambushed the player--[[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/like-a-boss like a boss]]!
** The description for the Hand Mirror item references Advertising/TheManYourManCouldSmellLike with the first two lines being "Look in the mirror, now at me. Now look in the mirror, now back at me."
** The title of the "Germinator: Plantation!" quest is an obvious pun of ''Film/TerminatorSalvation'', and the enemies in the quest have plant-themed versions of the Terminator codenames.
** One of the rewards from "Germinator: Plantation!" is the [[Creator/BillyMays ToxiCleen]] spell, which does Water-elemental damage and can poison the enemy.
** The Hayu is an animated scarecrow whose description forelornly muses "If he only had a brain...", a reference to ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' film.
** The Alpha Dracoglin house item references Music/SarahMcLachlan's song "Angel", but with "Brilhado" in place of "Angel".
** The most powerful Eel weapon is the 1.21 Giga-Eel, a reference to ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' and its [=DeLorean=] requiring 1.21 gigawatts of power.
** The Legion boss references a certain {{Imageboard}}'s credo and WebOriginal/LOLCats.
** The "Lupin II" quest is [[http://forums2.battleon.com/f/tm.asp?m=22002443 confirmed]] to be a reference to ''Franchise/LupinIII''. Within the quest itself, the passwords are four of [[Franchise/DoctorWho the Doctor's ]] {{Catchphrase}}s.
** The revamped "Into the Darkness" quest has a ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' reference.
** The NPC Eldron borrows its name from Elrond of ''Literature/LordOfTheRings''.
** The description for the Werehog enemy does not reference [[VideoGame/SonicUnleashed Sonic]], but it instead says that it's glad there wasn't bear involved in the hybrid--otherwise, it would be a Man-Bear-Pig, as mentioned in ''Series/SouthPark''.
** The Nepencreep pet and monster is obviously Audrey II from ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors'', as both are carnivorous, sentient plants with distinctive red lips.
** The (Mystic) Star Sabre, Star Spear, and Star Sabre Strike pieces of equipment reference ''Franchise/StarWars''[='=]s lightsabers. The colors used to represent their types are appropriately blue and red.
** Dark Madder, a CanonImmigrant from ''VideoGame/WarpForce'', is a SpearCounterpart to Darth Vader of ''Franchise/StarWars''. She even parodies the famous LukeIAmYourFather dialogue.
** The 2009 Frostval quest copies certain memorable lines from ''Film/ThePolarExpress'' in one of its outtakes. TheComicallySerious character lampshades ButThisIsRidiculous, even for Lore.
** The berserker Val Kyrie has a description says that her love for Galanoth is like a ticking clock, a GettingCrapPastTheRadar reference to the song "Love Among Freaks".
* SignatureStyle: The writers for the quests tend to write their specific storylines, but some patterns are noticeable when they write for holiday events and other plot-irrelevant quests.
** Falerin likes far-reaching and thick {{Kudzu Plot}}s that follow the FirstLawOfTragicomedies. During comedic moments, the characters bat off enough puns that Artix would be proud. The lore in his quests tend to spill into the game's forums, given that his characters would be MrExposition otherwise.
** Lord Barrius favors quests with non-human characters such as cats, rats, foxes, and ponies. His in-game NPC [=ElBhe=] loves to make external references, general punniness, and a healthy dash of internet memes. Even in his more serious quests [=ElBhe=] acts as PluckyComicRelief to take the weight off of things.
** Eukara Vox has a sort of GothicHorror and romantic style to her writing, with focus on a discrete, focused storyline with a small cast and fleshed-out characters. Her works tend to lean toward the serious side.
** In Media Res, while typically a coder, has written for quests after Lord Barrius's departure. Thus far, his style a writing style hearkens back to the old style of ''[=AdventureQuest=]'' plots--the dialogue is light and funny, mostly meant to carry the gameplay along, but it has enough details and depth to make a substantial story from start to end.
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* SignificantAnagram: Seth Cay Dhows/[[spoiler:Shadowscythe]]
* SinisterScythe: Zorbak's scythes are too 'ebil' even for him, so the player character has to rally them in. Once the player character has caught them all, the player is permitted to purchase them as weapons. Each scythe requires a tithe to activate its special attack.
* SituationalDamageAttack: The Manasplosion and Drop the MOAP spells deal damage scaled to mana and skill points, respectively. Manasplosion can backfire, however, as having too much mana causes PentUpPowerPeril.
* SituationalSword: Several pieces of equipment have been introduced to the game before what enemy they were meant to fight against had been introduced. For the Aegis shield, those enemies were Visia's shifters.
* SkeletonsInTheCoatCloset:
** The Terror Mastercraft set is adorned with bones and skulls on the shoulders and waist. The pet for the set looks like a skull on spider-like legs.
** Brain Spiders are formed from synthesizing magic and technology. They are giant spiders with visible bones across their backs and spine-like protrusions as their legs.
* SmallAnnoyingCreature: In some Grenwog Festival quests, the player character gets peeved at Bun-Bits, while, despite [[BunniesForCuteness adorable]], are wholly ignorant that they are troublemakers. According to them, creatures this cute and innocent can't be wrong!
* {{Snowlems}}: There are three varieties of Snow Golems in Lore: the standard snowman-with-a-carrot-nose kind, a cyclops with limbs made of ice, and a Nightmare Realm creation where the snowman has a BellyMouth with icicles for teeth.
* SoulFragment: At the end of the Carnax Saga, Carnax divides its soul into pieces and sends the pieces into Azru Stones to prevent Makkisar--or anyone else--from controlling it again.
* SpockSpeak: Falerin's RunningGag. When the player character starts speaking in a similarly detailed manner to other [=NPCs=] during a quest, they comment that the player has been hanging around Falerin for too long.
* StandardStatusEffects: Subverted; while there are normal ones, like burned, frozen, poisoned, and doom, there are ones like soaked, entangled, and afraid. There's a whole section of the [[AllThereInTheManual forums encyclopedia.]] that list the status effects.
* StarfishLanguage: The language of Predecessors is rendered as green letter-like lines and dots.
* TheStarscream: Ryuusei acts this way to The'Galin. The'Galin has his own intents for Uncreating Lore, but Ryuusei is a little more pushy. This eventually leads to The'Galin abandoning Ryuusei in the Void. He takes him back later and watches his actions more carefully. When Ryuusei goes against The'Galin's orders again at the conclusion of the "Absolution" saga, he's enacting RedemptionEqualsDeath[=/=]VillainsDyingGrace, and The'Galin seems content at his change of heart.
* StormOfBlades: Truphma (and the player character, if his/her armor is the Truphma Suit) have a special attack that rains cleavers on the enemy.
* StoryDifficultySetting: For a few plot-heavy quests, there is an option to play the quest by only seeing the cutscenes instead of battling through legions of monsters, but this has the drawback of not being able to claim rewards at the end. "The Restoration" and several Mastercraft set quests fall under this category.
* TheStraightAndArrowPath: Despite having a sister SpaceOpera game, the player character can use both bows and guns as ranged weapons. Neither choice of weapon has significant advantages over the other.
* StylisticSuck: The 2011 April Fools event looks like a kindergartner's attempt at making a quest, where the dialogue bubbles are mired with typos, the monsters are a pushover for anyone past level 5, and the NPC directing the quest is a scribble that is meant to look like a beefed-up Twilly.
* SummonMagic: Summon and Call spells.
* SuperNotDrowningSkills: It's lampshaded that everyone can breathe underwater because an accident from "The Fate of Captain Briggs" caused breatheable-water potions to be spilled into the seas.
* SwissArmyWeapon: Many weapons can switch damage types between melee and magic or sometimes melee, ranged, and magic, making it useful for almost all builds.
* TheSymbiote: Proteans are alien symbiotes that bond with other organisms--like people--and give them excellent dodging abilities.
* TakenForGranite:
** Enemies like Meduso and the Robocockatrice can inflict the Petrify status, which prevents the player from taking his/her turn and increases vulnerability to Wind-element attacks.
** Carnax was made from a mountain, so it turns back to stone after it is finally defeated.
* TalkLikeAPirate: An event synchronized with the real-life holiday of the same name.
* TechnicolorNinjas: Ninjachauns are dressed primarily in white and decorated with rainbows, which make them fit perfectly in the land of Leprechaunia.
* ThirdEye: A trademark of Carnax and Sacragons are the three red eyes on their head. They can shoot EyeBeams from their third eye and set up a psionic link through it.
* ThirteenIsUnlucky: "Hostage to Misfortune", one of the first quests involving the antagonist Entropy, was release on Friday, March 13th, 2015. The quest in particular shows luck being drained from the Leprechaun nation as one of Entropy's actions.
* ThisIsADrill: Shogun Akunezu uses a Drill Lance as a weapon. Completing the quest he's in allows the player to use his Drill Lance for himself or herself.
* TieredByName: Many tiered items in the game have adjectives that increasing describe the item's power.
* TimeLimitBoss: The Circle of Doom kills the player character instantly after ten turns.
* TooManyBelts: The Assassin class armor has what appears to be 19 belts altogether on the outfit.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Twig loves [[SpeechImpairedAnimal "Fish and ice cweam!"]]
* ThrowTheBookAtThem: An Umazen is implied to have learned magic over the internet. The "sort of" lampshade, turns out that all she knows is ''throwing a magic book at the player character''. Despite the lame-appearing attack however, it does relatively high damage when the player is on par level with her.
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Most weapons include at least one variation where they are thrown, which usually ends up providing more damage.
* TimedMission:
** "Bradakhan: Dracomancer Usurper" was an early war with the consequence that failure penalized all players by reducing their gold rewards to 90%.
** The "Division by Zero" and "Mostly Harmless" wars.
** The trope as become moderately popular in recent years, where the second war in the Bradakhan saga, the "Terrible Twelve" war, and "Emerge from Shadow" were timed.
* TinTyrant: War fits his role as a HorsemenOfTheApocalypse, being donned in full plate armor and seeking to instigate war to empower himself.
* TotallyRadical: In contrast to Loremaster Falerin's more elegant speech, one of his fragments--dubbed Ardendor--is ''much'' more slack about how he talks.
* TradeSnark: One of Falerin's fragments is Super-strong Ultra Mega Falerin Man™.
* TreacherousQuestGiver: Some of Zorbak's quests stem from him trying out new "ebil" magics on the protagonist, although just as many consist of him asking the protagonist to fix his mistakes.
* TubeTravel: The player cannot simply 'leave' Isle d'Oriens, since it's in a portal in the sky and there's no way to get back down. The solution? Go down the Lo-Flo, a giant tube whose entrance is a toilet, which takes the player character to the stalls inside Yulgar's inn.
* TurnsRed:
** A number of enemies become significantly tougher over battle. Deery, Moglin Freak, and Transmorphers mutate into monstrous forms when under 50% hit points. The Werehog, Luminous Wyrm, and Drakkonan's Head quest bosses increase damage as their health decreases.
** The player can equip a Transmorpher shield, Ep-Pig armor, and/or Luminous Wyrm Helm to gain effects similar to their corresponding monsters as his/her health diminishes.
* TwentyBearAsses:
** A minority of quests consists of collecting parts from monsters to forge some weapon or to create some magical construct.
** Parodied with the final scene of "Death's Domain". Having gathered twenty five hourglasses, Death asks the player character for a long list of materials to construct a TrackingDevice for the hourglasses. He prepares to send the player character out on a long and dangerous quest... only for the player character to return within minutes because there happens to be a box ready with just the materials needed.
* UltimateBlacksmith: Yulgar forges the The Frozen Claymore out of the pieces of the Ice Scythe in order to slay Akiroth. Adder implies that Yulgar's teacher is even better than him, but this is only mentioned in passing.
* UndergroundMonkey:
** Frogzards are said to be able to adapt to many conditions, and that holds evident with how many variations the player will encounter. For elemental variants, there's the [=FireZard=], Zardine, [=CloudZard=], [=IceZard=], Lightning Zard, [=LightZard=], and [=DarkZard=]. There are other variations such as the [=ToadZard=], [=DebilZard=], [=OrcaZard=], [=BuzZard=], [=CommunicantZard=], and [=VorpalZard=].
** There are four variants of Shifter enemies, one for each pair of opposites on the elemental wheel.
** It's common enough that antagonists alter monsters for their own needs. This leads to adventurers fighting 'Undead', 'Zombie', 'Shadow', 'Nightmare', 'Ethereal', 'Reverse', and 'Dulling/Dull' variants of typical enemies.
* UnexpectedShmupLevel: The "Doomquake Caverns!" quest has a minigame where the player attacks monsters by pointing-and-clicking a magic staff at them, in contrast to the turn-based battles of norm.
* UnfortunateNames: The backstory of Master Terror is that he was teased for his name, Terry Fluffendil, so he found a man--implied to be Ryuusei Cartwright--and traded his conscience to become a truly fearful warrior.
* UnPerson: The act of uncreation wipes out any trace of existence that a person existed--besides those the uncreator left RippleEffectProofMemory.
* VampireHunter: An early class the player character could take was the Vampire Slayer, which was renovated into the [=ShadowSlayer=] and [=NightHunter=] classes. Both classes specialize in skills that deal increased damage against undead, vampires, werewolves, and other night creatures. The class trainers are Cenara and Donovan, respectively, who are dracopyres and [[HunterOfHisOwnKind hunt each other]] down.
* VampireVords: Most vampires in Lore can speak just fine. It's when the Grenwog is transformed into the [=VereWog=] that the player lampshades how he's speaking.
* VancianMagic: Most magic does not need preparation, but Spellcraft spells do. The player must go on a quest to 'charge' casts of the attack to use another time in battle.
* VendorTrash: In the early days of the game, Robina would sell four gems that did nothing but could be sold back at a higher or lower price, depending on random fluctuations. The 2007 Blarney War also rewarded adventurers with leprechaun loot that could be sold at a higher price after March ended.
* ViewersAreGeniuses: The entire Devourer plotline was nigh-impossible to follow with reading [[AllThereInTheManual the pages and pages of explanations given on the forums]]. The staff swear they learned their lesson from the trouble handling it, and the next MythArc will make a lot more sense. Even worse was a good bit of information was released over an IRC chatroom in a chat with the staff or roleplay with one of the staff as its GM, giving the twenty players a distinct advantage. Information on the IRC channel is available on the forums, but it's so overlooked most players don't know it exists. The characters from the roleplay are sometimes referenced in-game establishing the worlds created by the players as part of the Extended Universe.
* VillainForgotToLevelGrind: Due to the level cap being raised from 100 to 136 to 150, the monsters from older quests don't have top-level versions, so players can plow through them. However, because these older quests weren't meant for high-level players, their rewards are too weak to be of use.
* VillainTeamUp: During the Devourer Saga, the Sinister Seven, consisting of seven previously beaten antagonists, banded together to prevent the protagonists from uniting the elemental orbs. The Seekrat assembles a similar set of villains called the Terrible Twelve, because "quite frankly, because I couldn't convince any of the talented villains to come."
* ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption: Lampshaded, of course. The player character tries bluffing his/her way past a werewolf camp in "Light in the Darkness!". If he/she fails, he/she asks if they should just cut to the battle.
* WaifFu: Lady Akai is the class trainer for the Gogg Claw style of Martial Arts. Gogg Claw style specializes in being brutally ruthless and fast before the enemy has a chance to respond. Lady Akai is demure and looks like a {{Geisha}}, not the first thing the players would expect.
* WalletOfHolding: The player can have a maximum of one billion gold coins in his or her possession. How the player's pack mule lugs that much gold around would be a mystery without one of these.
* WallOfText: Falerin, he of many words, provides one during [[http://forums2.battleon.com/f/tm.asp?m=20851262&mpage=1&key=� a quest]] in lieu of battling. If the player denies him to tell the account, he will still speak on and on as the player battles on.
* WallOfWeapons: There is one in the background of Shii's and Wallo's room for Assassin class training.
* WarHasNeverBeenSoMuchFun: Wars are a frequent event in ''[=AdventureQuest=]'', and whatever PretextForWar that might have started them doesn't stop them from having the same style and cheesiness as the rest of the game.
* WeaponizedBall: The Selkie (were-seal) enemy has a special attack where it balances a beach ball on its nose before spiking it at the player character.
* WeaponizedOffspring: The [=MotherZard=] enemy spits out baby 'zards at the player character as one of its attacks.
* WeaponOfPeace: The weapon named the Blade of Peace is summoned from shards of the Ice Orb. It would make a decent weapon except that it has an ''extremely'' low accuracy stat, which makes it useless for damage, even with other accuracy-boosting equipment.
* WeaponOfXSlaying: A subset of weapons have 'triggers'; they deal below-average damage on most monsters, but they compensate by dealing more damage against certain enemies.
** The Dragon Blade (and variants) is the ''de facto'' weapon of choice against dragons.
** Salvation weapons deal increased damage on agents of The Devourer.
** The player can pick up the BURP Slayer on the "Rats o' War" quest, which seeks against [[RodentsOfUnusualSize BURPs]] and hits them for whatever element they're weak against.
** Tarnished Caliburn is effective against a variety of undead creatures, dealing Void damage and having a chance to poison the enemy.
** The Shelayleigh and Bladehenge weapons are effective against Leprechauns.
** The Rat Flail seeks against Shadow monsters' greatest weakness.
** The Paintball Gun and Paxian Deliverance weapons deal increased damage against Truphma.
** The Nightsever exaggerates this trope; it triggers on a wide range of monsters, and the triggers can stack. However, only a few monsters hit enough triggers such that it deals substantially more damage than a normal weapon. According to the official encyclopedia, the weapon triggers on 'Rasputin', 'Reggae', 'Grey's Anatomy', 'Hippy/Hippie', 'Alot', 'Frat/Sorority', 'Canadian/[=DemiCanadian=]', é, 'Cheezburger', 'Tom Cruise', and 'Foron'. None of those correspond to actual enemies.
** An almost-full list of 'trigger' weapons can be seen [[http://forums2.battleon.com/f/tm.asp?m=21038314 here]].
* WeaponsKitchenSink: Because ''[=AdventureQuest=]'' is a FantasyKitchenSink with a highly humorous side to it, we see any and all items being used as weapons. Sadly, the kitchen sink itself is not available as a weapon.
* WeatherControlMachine: Hollow's Weather Remote can summon a local windstorm, blizzard, rainstorm, or lightning over the enemy.
* WeirdMoon: In Darkovia, it's always night and there is always a full moon. And when the Devourer's attack was imminent, the moon changed into a weird red-eyed thing. And before the Devourer attack, Dewlok's home had a [[TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Zelda-ish]] moon complete with creepy face.
* WhenTreesAttack: Deadwood trees are one possible enemy the game sends at the player; they attack by lashing their roots from under the ground and spitting a barrage of acorns. They can also restore their health with water.
* WholePlotReference:
** "Leeroy Jenkins!" to, well, [[Memes/WorldOfWarcraft Leeroy Jenkins]].
** "Dr. Jackel and Mr. Snide!" to ''Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde''.
** Frostval 2009's plot [[HowTheCharacterStoleChristmas to]] ''Literature/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas''. One of the rewards is a dog with a skeleton's arm tied to its head to act as 'antlers'.
** "It's a Wonderful Life of Crime" [[ItsAWonderfulPlot to]] ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife''
** "Into the Darkness" to the first chapter of ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland''.
** "Big Trobble on Little Syna" to ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina''.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Garavin was cursed with eternal life by The'Galin so that he would suffer the loss of his loved ones and see through The'Galin's return, helpless. His daughter, Celestra, was also granted eternal life, but she is set on using it to hunt The'Galin down.
* WideOpenSandbox: While quests are set, the player can still choose to do most of them at any time in any order.
* WingedHumanoid: The Brilhado have purple wings with red-tipped feathers. They are affiliated with the Light element, but they are considered demons rather than angels.
* WingedUnicorn: Lucius, leader of the Lucian clan.
* AWinnerIsYou: After defeating the Legendary Warriors in Fairwind Springs: "You have defeated the Legends! Victory is yours!"
* AWizardDidIt: Used to explain away many plot inconsistencies. "It's MAGIC!"
* WolfpackBoss: Unsurprisingly, the Wolf Pack boss from the Void, which was made to test how the updated gameplay formulas for health regeneration worked for multiple enemies. The Alpha Werewolf attacks with Earth damage while its flunkies deal Light damage, making resistance to both elements difficult.
* WolvesAlwaysHowlAtTheMoon: The healing animation for a Diretooth (feral werewolf) and Dracoglin (dragon-vampire-werewolf Moglin) shows them howling at the moon.
* WoodlandCreatures: Some of the enemies encountered in quests that take place in forests include Deery, Owl, and Woodland Pack, which consists of a rabbit, beaver, owl, and turtle.
* WordsCanBreakMyBones: "Red Fog." *Red Fog rolls past and knocks the Chosen's HPToOne* "Okay, that's really annoying."
* TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed: The player, in the "Fred On Strike!" quest, lampshades how many villains he or she has had to battle to keep Lore safe.
* WorldOfPun: The game is infamous for this, and they tend to be so spectacularly lame that they end up SoBadItsGood. Or, as Artix described it:
--> Arch Knight Style Humor (adj) -- A savory blend of caffeinated epic failure served with with a side of cheese. This also probably means Artix wrote it himself... it is sort of like a train wreck. You really want to look away, but for some reason, you just... have to watch.
** Lampshaded by Falerin in "Mostly Harmful", [[JustForPun in the only way possible]]!
--> They ([[RodentsofUnusualSize giant rats]]) really like you (the [[PlayerCharacter PC]]). It must be all of the cheesy puns you have been exposed to.
* WoundedGazelleGambit: Ryuusei goads Amilara into striking him with lightning, and when he's down, calls on The'Galin for help. The'Galin responds by manifesting as [[PhysicalGod Omega]].
* WrapAround: The Backstab attack from the Assassin class armor has the player go left off the screen to strike the enemy from the right-hand edge.
* {{Whatevermancy}}: Each of the eight elements has a Wizard class 'mancy associated with it, and the player character can choose to specialize in one of those magics. Beyond that, there is {{necromanc|er}}y, [[ScaledUp dracomancy]], {{golem}}ancy, and [[TheLegionsOfHell demonmancy]], and [[TimeMaster chronomancy]].
* XtremeKoolLetterz: X-Guardians and Z-tokens.
* YouCantThwartStageOne: [[spoiler:Devourer/Uncreator/The'Galin]]
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair:
** Purple seems to be a popular color for NPC hair. Aelthai has a bright shock of purple hair, Lady Tomo has purple hair, and Valencia has dark purple hair, although that might represent brown or black given the {{Animesque}} art style.
** The hair of archmages like Warlic, Beleqwaya, and Kalanyr are white.
** Maxwell's daughter Emma has hair that randomly changes color.
** The player character can customize his or her hair color to be rather exotic.
* YellowSnow: The Yellow Snow DOOM! spell from Frostval 2007 weaponizes yellow snow against enemies.
* YouMeanXmas: Quite a few real-world holidays have AQ equivalents, such as Frostval (Christmas), Hero's Heart Day, (Valentine's Day), the Grenwog Festival (Easter), and Mogloween (Halloween).
* YourMindMakesItReal: Riona taught the legacy of Talados to her son, Danail, which included knowledge of the creature known as Carnax. Danail turns out to have some mysterious magic that allows his horror in Carnax to make it real again.