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''[=DragonFable=]'' is a single-player {{RPG}} taking place in [[WorldOfWeirdness the fantastic world of Lore]]. The player has to fight to protect the world from the forces of evil and solve the strangely confused prophecy of the White and Black Dragon Boxes. He/she battles the strangest creatures ever to spawn in Lore, including [[OurGoblinsAreDifferent Sneevils]], [[MixAndMatchCritters Chickencows]] and the dreaded [[BigBad Sepulchure]], a FallenHero corrupted by TheVirus!

It also chronicles the life of a noob knight called Ash Dragonblade as he journeys to save his DamselInDistress (because we all know EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses).

See also ''VideoGame/AdventureQuest'', to which it is a {{prequel}} AlternateContinuity, and the other games by Creator/ArtixEntertainment: ''VideoGame/MechQuest'', ''VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds'', ''VideoGame/WarpForce'', ''VideoGame/EpicDuel'' and ''VideoGame/HeroSmash''.

Located [[http://www.dragonfable.com/ HERE]].

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!!This RPG provides examples of:
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: Ravenloss has one. Giant skeletons float in its water.
* AbusiveParents: [[spoiler: [[ManipulativeBastard Trey Surehunter]] uses Valencia to get the Earth Orb, then hits her with the Blade of Awe]].
* AchillesInHisTent: [[spoiler: Warlic in Book 3, out of shame that his actions helped lead to the formation of the Rose]]
* ActionGirl: Female player characters are this by default. Along with Robina, Valencia, Vayle, female pirates and ninjas...there's a lot.
* ActuallyFourMooks: This happens all the time, mostly with Bandits.
* AerithAndBob: All over the place.
* AffectionateParody: Just as with ''[=AdventureQuest=]'', the staff like these. But, being themselves, they once felt obliged to lampshade/parody ''the fact that they were doing a parody''.
* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler:Poor Sepulchure, ending up victim to the Mysterious Stranger's YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness. As he fainted, he was saying something about Lynaria, his lost love that he was trying to bring back with his Doom Weapons]].
* AllAnimalsAreDogs: Parodied by this HandWave from the end of the Dragesvard quest chain:
--> '''Your character''': Well, I suppose this is the best time to tell you. Galanoth... I am a dragonlord!
--> '''Galanoth''': WHAT?! YOU?! WHEN DID THIS HAPPEN?!
--> '''Your character''': [[FridgeLogic How could you NOT have noticed? Didn't you see my pet dragon fighting beside us?]]
--> '''Galanoth''': [[CrowningMomentOfFunny I thought it was a horribly deformed dog or something! I thought it might hurt your feelings if I said "man, what happened to that dog?!"]]
* AllPowerfulBystander: Warlic, and to a lesser extent, Nythera. They cannot aid too much without unleashing their full power... which is difficult to control. Even when they succeed at controlling it, it upsets the very balance of Lore.
* AllThereInTheManual: The [[http://www.dragonfable.com/gamedesignnotes design notes]], which are updated almost every week and are full of stuff you'd never know about if you didn't read them, as well as previews for upcoming quests and wars.
* AllegedlyFreeGame: Sure the game's free. Unless you want to do anything useful with your dragon, go on Titan missions, have the other half of your class skills, equip any of the purple (read: decent) weapons you find, purchase anything requiring Dragon Coins, enter half the dungeons, have your character not be stuck with only class armor and a default weapon in the [=PvP=] option... this can go on quite a while.
* AlternateUniverse: [=DragonFable=] is initially implied to be in a different time period to its sister games and in {{VideoGame/AdventureQuest}}'s past. But as confirmed by VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds, [=DragonFable=] is actually an AlternateUniverse from VideoGame/AdventureQuest. In fact, VideoGame/MechQuest, VideoGame/AdventureQuest, [=DragonFable=], and VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds are actually just different versions of Lore throughout the Multiverse (with VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds being its own timeline magically mixed in with the properties of all the other three). As a result:
** The Great Fire War started before Battleon was founded.
** As well, The'Galin is never mentioned in [=DragonFable=], and likewise [=AdventureQuest=] never mentions Sepulchure.
** Oh, and did we forget to mention that [=AdventureQuest=] has a completely different map? AQ's map is more generic fantasy style, but [=DragonFable=] has a map shaped like a dragon.
** The history of AdventureQuestWorlds is essentially the same as Dragonfable's Book 1, albeit with a few minor differences. For example, there is no Fluffy, [[spoiler:Priestess Celestia]] is never killed, and Robina plays a stronger role. AdventureQuestWorlds actually has its own equivelant to the Dragonfable Hero, though said Dragonlord has a much smaller role and is actually ''defeated'' by Drakath.
** In [=DragonFable=], Alteon's youngest daughter, Tara, is a child and Gravelyn is a toddler. In Adventure Quest Worlds, Tara is still a child but Gravelyn is a young adult.
** And it turns out that both [=AdventureQuests=] and [=DragonFable=] take place after Mechquest's universe experienced a disaster that made it necessary to [[ResetButton reset reality]].
* AnIcePerson: Xan, when he gets the Eggnogonomicon during a Frostval.
* AnimalMotifs:
** The Chickencow Lord has the motif of a [[MixAndMatchCritters Chickencow]].
** Fae's motif is a cat.
** Galanoth, Frostscythe, the [=DragonLords=] and Sepulchure have a dragon motif.
** Arachnomancers and Chaos Weavers, half spider, half human hybrids have a spider motif. [[spoiler: The Chaos Weavers though suffered from a disease, triggered by the misuse of the Judgement Wheel and got turned into spider humanoids. Ones like Vaal are human. ]]
* {{Animesque}}
* AnnoyingArrows: Can be part of your attire.
* AntimagicalFaction: [[spoiler:A secretive organization and cult named The Rose is this and the main threat in chapter 3.]]
* AntiVillain: The Necromantress (a.k.a. [[spoiler:Lady Vayle]]) seeks to [[spoiler:truly revive her brother Edgar -- who died during the destruction of Artix's hometown and subsequently spent many years trapped within her magic gemstone -- through necromancy]]. The Necropolis Arc's main villain, Noxus, had other plans for her as [[spoiler:she effectively ''became'' the Darkness Orb, which he had wanted to use to strengthen Sepulchure's army]].
* ArmCannon: This is the Technomancer default attack.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: The traveling button to Lady Celestia states that "she is an expert on dragons, dragon magic, and tea."
* ArtifactOfDoom: The Doom weapons, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin of course]].
* AsHimself: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Lowe George Lowe]] in [[Series/AmericanIdol Falconreach Idle]].
* AscendedFanboy:
** Nythera's main goal is to replace Warlic as his assistant [[spoiler:by poisoning him. She winds up stealing his powers and challenging the Elemental Avatars, which quickly proved to be a ''really'' bad idea. Warlic had to be resurrected to save her sorry ass]].
** A lot of the game's staff are ascended ''[=AdventureQuest=]'' fans.
** The Great Cysero Rebellion. That is all.
* AsideComment: You can't even keep track of how often this happens.
* AudienceShift: It seems to do this a lot. While most of the game is cheery and meant for the younger audiences, the orb sagas are more mature and serious. And then there's Chapter 1's climactic war where [[spoiler: Grams is supposedly killed by Sepulchure, the Dracolich fortress slams through the Guardian Tower killing many Guardians, Sepulchure killing Lady Celestia to take Akriloth's son, and Sepulchure giving The Hero a [[CurbStompBattle grand beatdown]], [[DespairEventHorizon demoralising]] many players]]. And that's just the ''beginning'' of said war! [[spoiler: Recently, the Book 3 Tomix saga is becoming this, due to the slaughter of two children, one of which awake, in order to reach Envy.]]
* AuthorAvatar: As with ''[=AdventureQuest=]'', most of the major {{NPC}}s are based on staff members. This includes Artix, Cysero, Alina, Reens, Galanoth, Warlic, Nythera, Zhoom, and Rolith, just for starters.
* AxCrazy:
** Xan. Well, ''fire''-crazy, really.
** Artix becomes this when he gets anywhere near the undead.
** The Necrotic Sword of Doom
* BaconAddiction:
** Bacon has its own element [[spoiler: and elemental orb]].
** Inverted with Zhoom, beloved by anyone farming for PVP rewards for being ''allergic'' to Bacon.
* BadassAdorable: Lots and lots. Baby dragons and the Doomkitten, for example.
* BadassLongcoat: Tomix wears one. He wove it himself using his headmaster's spirtlooms.
** Technomancers get something similar as well.
** So do the Atealan base class upgrades.
* {{Badbutt}}: Trey Surehunter. Justified in that he's a CaptainErsatz of IndianaJones.
* BagOfHolding: The Hero's backpack, lampshaded.
* BalefulPolymorph: All sneevils were once human children. They were converted into their current goblin state by Nythera, who wanted to gather boxes to build a box fort. Her parents managed to change some of them back, but they were not able to completely reverse the effects and they never managed to recover most of them. Lately, The Rose, being the {{WellIntentionedExtremist}}s that they are, have decided to take this matter into their own hands, and the sneevils that haven't been enslaved to fight for them are being treated.
** Originally one, but later two of the Cauldron Sisters are afflicted with this. One of the Bubble twins was accidentally transformed into a cat. Every time the Cauldron sisters try to reverse her condition, something goes wrong, it is only partially reversed, and what is reversed in one twin is inflicted on the other. The twin originally transformed grows very bitter and afflicts several other people with it out of spite.
* BanditMook: Whenever you exited a wave in one of the Lucky Week Wars, the Sneevils would steal some of your Gold.
* BanOnMagic: [[spoiler:As of the TimeSkip, one is imposed by [[AntimagicalFaction The Rose]] over most of Lore with King Alteon's support. Falconreach is one of the few places left that welcomes magic.]]
* BareYourMidriff: Valencia does this nicely.
** As do the female Cryptic and Ascendant classes.
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: Subverted; The Hero is concerned about how he/she'll breathe when facing a battle in space. The Gnomes then give him/her a re-breathealator.
* BavarianFireDrill: The Hero nearly pulls this off in the Necropolis arc, by combining Zorbak's Student ID (which has expired... and says he's expelled... and has a picture of a moglin on it) with AWizardDidIt. Only reason why it didn't work is because [[IdiotHero Artix]] couldn't keep it together for five minutes without slaying some undead.
* BeamSpam: The Technomancer's Bow, Soul Weaver's Banishment skills, and most of the Ascendant's attack skills.
* BearsAreBadNews: Subverted with the Ursice Savages, which you befriend. Played straight with the bear that Zorbak sets on you on your way to Falconreach.
* BeehiveBarrier: The Soul Weaver's defend skill takes the form of a shield and this.
* BetterThanABareBulb
* {{BFG}}: The Pirate Armor pulls one out in one of its skills. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by the skill description.
* {{BFS}}: So many of these.
* BigBad: In chapter 1 it's Sepulchure [[spoiler: though he's [[DemotedToDragon really]] being controlled by the [[TheManBehindTheMan Mysterious Stranger]].]]
** In chapter 2 it's Wargoth.
** In chapter 3 it's [[spoiler: Jaania]] and The Rose.
* BigNo:
** Drakath lets one out while being carried away by the Wind Orb.
** The Hero [[spoiler: when Sepulchure's fortress crashes into the Guardian Tower]].
** The Hero again when [[spoiler: Sepulchure collects every Orb in a rapidly spinning ring to create the Ultimate Orb]].
** Sepulchure as well [[spoiler: when Fluffy merges with Drakath]].
* BigWhat: Artix and Zhoom when they find out they didn't have to cram into the phone booth to travel.
* BilingualBonus:
** Some items -- like the Belts in the Time-Travel shop -- have Latin names.
** "Dragesvard" is Danish for Dragonblade.
* {{Bishonen}}: See [[http://www.dragonfable.com/special/Motivational/july2007/Original/chaotic%20revolution.jpg this]] image. But especially Zhoom (that's him on the left). And [[http://www5.picturepush.com/photo/a/1374703/img/1374703.png Warlic]] who looks quite different from his ''VideoGame/AdventureQuest'' version.
* BishonenLine: [[spoiler:Greed. He goes from being a yellow blobby thing with a wicked evil smile to a kid with a wicked evil smile]].
* BlackCloak: The Mysterious Stranger, among others. The Necromantress has the same general look as well, though hers is purple.
* BlobMonster: Lots and lots of them.
* ABoyAndHisX: A hero and his/her dragon.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[spoiler: Artix]], by Drakonnan.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Like AsideComment, there are countless examples of this.
* BribingYourWayToVictory: Although a lot of the game is free, you need to pay a one-time fee to get full access to all the best equipment and quite a few quests. The "Dragon Coin" items in Cysero's shop also qualify.
* BrickJoke: You know how during the pirate quest chain, The Hero blows up a ship full of water-breathing potions? Yeah, they make passing references to that throughout the game. And in ''VideoGame/AdventureQuest'' as well.
* BridgeLogic: One of the first playable quests lampshades and double-subverts this. Your character sees a chasm in a cave and thinks to knock over a conveniently-placed stalagmite to cross it:
--> '''[[HelloInsertNameHere Your character]]''': This is my best idea ever!
--> *Stalagmite leans toward you*
--> '''[[HelloInsertNameHere Your character]]''': This is my ''worst'' idea ever!
--> *Stalagmite leans the other way, falls, and bridges the chasm*
--> '''[[HelloInsertNameHere Your character]]''': BEST. IDEA. EVER!
* BroughtDownToNormal: [[spoiler:Xan lost his powers when Sepulchure used the Ice Orb on him]].
* BrownBagMask: Can be part of your attire. Galanoth also dons one when the guard took his helmet in the quest "Not So Great Escape".
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Cysero. A good smith, but ''very'' weird. He's not called the ''Mad'' Weaponsmith for nothing.
* TheCameo: Artix pops up at the end of the first Hero's Heart Day quest from 2011. Lampshaded in the ending blurb.
* CaptainErsatz:
** Kathool Atchoo is a Captain Ersatz of {{Cthulhu}}.
** Lust looks somewhat similar to [[NamesTheSame the character of the same name]] from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. WordOfGod says she's not ''supposed'' to be a Captain Ersatz, though.
** Trey Surehunter is a Captain Ersatz of IndianaJones.
** A few of the shopkeepers in the Shadow of the Wind Village; [[NamesTheSame Ayane]] is a Captain Ersatz of Ayane from ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive'', and Snake Ears is a Captain Ersatz of Snake Eyes from ''GIJoe''. Ayane even [[LampshadeHanging mentions]] ''Dead or Alive'' in one of her dialogues.
** Sir Stephan is a Captain Ersatz of Creator/StephenColbert.
** The Zard Hunter is a Captain Ersatz of [[Series/CrocodileHunter Steve Irwin]].
* CatGirl: Fae.
* CatchPhrase: Lim's is rather simplistic, yet tells you pretty much everything you need to know about him.
--> '''Lim''': [[ForScience SCIENCE]]!
* CaveBehindTheFalls
* CerebusRollercoaster: Compare the orb sagas and the Chapter 1 finale to almost everything that ''isn't'' part of the main storyline. The Ravenloss saga is also fairly dark.
* CharacterDevelopment: Nythera's second quest chain is basically about her becoming less of a {{jerkass}} while learning to be more responsible with her powers. [[spoiler:Also, she's TheChosenOne]].
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: The Bacon Orb]].
* ChekhovsGunman:
** The Necromantress appeared considerably before she had any impact on the plot.
** [[spoiler: The Falconreach spy, a.k.a. Sabrina, the original owner of the Falconreach inn. Disappeared years ago when the Mysterious Stranger appeared, only to resurface (and be dealt with) as Grams in disguise]].
* ChessWithDeath: Ash takes Death on with Tic-Tac-Toe.
* TheChewToy: Twilly -- literally, since the first thing your newly hatched [[spoiler: Chaos]] dragon does is to try and eat him.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Pretty much par for the course.
* CirclingBirdies: The Hero gets circling stars in "Pachelbel's Cannon" after he/she lands in Sepulchure's castle after getting shot out of the eponymous cannon. It's combined with Non Sequitor Thud, below.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Cysero. He tends to say the absolute silliest things and makes really weird inventions. He also wanted to destroy a force field with a sponge soaked in nitroglycerin. [[note]]The nitroglycerin sponges are later used as catapult ammo.[[/note]] In one quest, The Hero winds up saying something along the lines of "Perhaps an infarction in the green color matrix"? (in response to why the ground was losing its color). Robina immediately replied "Have you been talking to Cysero?"
** In ''The Clashening'', the PC briefly discusses this with Lim.
--> '''You''': The point is, [Cysero] doesn't think the way you do. Try to predict what he'll do and you'll be in for a surprise.
* ColonyDrop: "Sire, your fortress is going to crash!" "Then let it crash."
* ContinuityCavalcade: There's a quest in which you can get into Zorbak's attic, which includes all the items he has owned during the game.
* ContinuityNod: Many of them, usually in regard to ''VideoGame/MechQuest'' and ''VideoGame/AdventureQuest''.
* CosmeticAward: The Souvenir Tee, a rare drop from the second Boss Fight of the Friday the 13th War of 2011.
* CreepyChild: Sally and Thursday. In Thursday's case it's [[JustifiedTrope justified]], seeing as she is [[spoiler:[[HalfHumanHybrid part vampire]]]].
* CuteKitten: Subverted by the aptly named [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom Doomkitten]]. Sure, it ''looks'' cute, but if you don't have a good water weapon you're screwed.
* CuteWitch: The Cauldron Sisters from Mogloween (most especially Bubble... the ''human'' Bubble). The ArtShift in year 5 was an exception.
* CutenessProximity:
** At the end of the Dragongrasp quest chain [[spoiler: Vilmor]] gushes over [[spoiler: Cryozen's newborn hatchling which immediately imprinted on her]] even after it [[spoiler: sneezes frost snot all over her face]].
** You need reminders from Warlic to get a hold of yourself when facing the incredibly cute Doomkitten.
** In Mogloween year 6, Andy causes this towards two girls he meets, who want to kiss him. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, Andy is infected with the Z-Virus, causing anything that he kisses or bites (or that kisses ''him'') to become a savage undead Zardbie]].
** The player character tends to get a bit [[MamaBear overpro]][[PapaWolf tective]] of anything he/she considers cute, including baby dracoliches, two-headed hellhound puppies, and [[MixAndMatchCritters chickcalves]].
* DarkIsNotEvil:
** At the end of the Dragon Egg quest chain, ''TheHero'' ends up with the Dragon of Chaos destined to destroy the world, while the ''BigBad'' ends up with the Dragon of Order destined to save it. [[spoiler:Despite this, the prophecy is fulfilled anyway when the Hero's dragon destroys the planet-sized Super Mega Ultra Darkness Dracolich while Sepulchure's dragon sacrifices itself to save the world]].
** There is also a race of Dark Humanoids with horns.
** If you check Tomix's stats when you have him as a guest, he actually does ''Evil-elemental'' damage. He's still a pretty nice guy.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The Chapter 1 finale.
** Chapter 3 is shaping up to be this as well.See ShooOutTheClowns.
* DayOfTheWeekName: Thursday and [[spoiler: her great great great great great great great great grandfather]], Lord [[IncrediblyLamePun Frydae XIII]]. Also, the host of the Amityvale meeting is named Wednesday.
* DeusExitMachina: We finally get an explanation for why [[TheArchmage Warlic]] doesn't swoop in and solve everyone's problems: [[spoiler:his magic essentially works in ''reverse'', so if he casts too many spells he could overload on mana and even destroy the world. He's proved this in Book 2, when his magic got out of control - he destroyed a whole planet of aliens and almost destroyed Lore as well before the hero was able to stop him.]].
* DismantledMacGuffin: All the elemental Orbs in Chapter 1 combine into [[spoiler: the ''Ultimate Orb'']] which is absorbed by [[spoiler: ''both'' Drakath and Fluffy... resulting in a FusionDance]]. Before that, [[spoiler:the Earth Orb was split into the Stone and Nature orbs]].
* DemBones: Lots of undead {{mook}}s... and, of course, [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter the dracolich babies]].
** Fluffy!
* DepravedDentist: Dr. Voltabolt, who is also a MadScientist. An InformedAbility of sorts, since he ''claims'' to be a dentist but is never actually seen doing anything related to dentistry.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu:
** Sepulchure isn't really an EldritchAbomination so much as a [[VillainSue Villainous]] GodModeSue, but seeing [[spoiler:Drakath impale him with his own sword]] definitely evokes this trope.
** You can kill the three headed hydra near the beginning '''with a dagger'''.
** In the Chapter 1 finale [[spoiler:The Hero and his/her dragon destroy a dragon made of pure darkness that ''ate the sun'']].
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:Drakath turns out to be alive and in an unknown location]].
* TheDogBitesBack: [[spoiler: Frostscythe blasts Circe for failing him. When she protests that she improvised and demands payment, he refuses, claiming he "doesn't pay for improvising". Circe later ditches Frostscythe when he asks her to help him fight against The Hero and Vilmor because that's [[IronicEcho "improvising"]]]].
* DoomedHometown: All the residents of Artix's hometown except him and [[spoiler:Vayle]] were killed and zombified.
* DoomyDoomsOfDoom: The DOOM blades, the DOOM axe, and the DOOM staff. The Mysterious Stranger tries to sell them to you... for a price (namely, [[MoneySink 28000 gold]]). The creators are obviously aware of the trope, since the description of one of these is simply "DOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMM!!!" and another is "So much DOOM it hurts!"
** The [[BribingYourWayToVictory Necrotic Sword]] [[InfinityPlusOneSword of Doom]].
* DragonRider: Those who own a Dragon Amulet, which allows customisation.
* DungeonCrawling: There are a couple of hundred-room-plus megadungeons, just for the hell of it.
* EldritchAbomination:
** The {{Cthulhu}} CaptainErsatz "Kathool Atchoo".
** The Yaga Sisters were ''trying'' to summon one, and while they did get a monster that would destroy the world, it turned out to be an AffablyEvil, PunchclockVillain, [[BlindingBangs sheepdog-haired]] critter named Guffer.
* ElegantGothicLolita: [[http://dfwiki.com/index.php/File:Thursday.PNG Thursday]] and [[http://www.dfwiki.com/index.php/File:Nythera.PNG Nythera]].
* ElementalPowers: They added several more: Metal, Nature, Wood, Silver, [[OddNameOut Bacon]], Disease, Poison, Evil, and Good.
* EleventhHourSuperpower: In the FinalBattle of Chapter 1 [[spoiler:the Elemental Bacon Orb grants The Hero's Dragon its power, which comes with a Primal special that doubles the Dragon's attack power for 99 turns]].
* EnemyMine:
** Zorbak is on your side almost as often as not, in part because he's generally a HarmlessVillain.
** [[spoiler: The Necromantress helps The Hero take down Noxus]].
** The Hero forms an alliance with [[spoiler: Sepulchure to take down Drakath]].
* EvenEvilHasStandards: After Sepulchure turns Fluffy into a Dracolich, Drakath pulls his sword, looking angry, and says "M... Master? What have you done?!"
** Actually, judging from the shaking in his boots, he was more scared then angry.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Subverted with the Professor's Apprentice, who while he always goes by apprentice is rather obviously [[spoiler: Konnan]].
* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: Linus, the adorable king of the Killguins.
* EverythingsBetterWithPlushies: The Plushie Cabinet, and also an entire War with Plushies as enemies during Frostval 2010.
* EverythingsBetterWithRainbows: The Lucky Week War had a rainbow as a central plot device.
* EvilCostumeSwitch: [[spoiler: Artix as the Shadowfire Knight during his BrainwashedAndCrazy stint]].
* EvilCounterpart:
** Sepulchure and Fluffy to The Hero and His/Her Dragon.
** Xan to Warlic. But not exactly how you might think.
* EvilLaugh:
** Captain Davey indulges in this. It's even one of his attacks.
** Xan is constantly laughing.
** The Doom Weapons laugh evilly whenever their special is activated. Bizarrely enough, so do their purified counterparts, the Destiny Weapons.
* EvilWeapon: The Doom Weapons. Including Sepulchre's Necrotic Blade of Doom, which is [[spoiler:a manifestation of the Mysterious Stranger's a.k.a. the Master's will]].
* ExactWords: The Hero's Dragon is destined to destroy a planet. [[spoiler:Fortunately for Lore, that probably means you can get away with destroying a planet-sized Super Mega Ultra Darkness Dragon]].
* FailureToSaveMurder: Konnan has a deep personal grudge against [[spoiler:The Hero for [[HopelessBossFight getting pwned by Akriloth]] and not saving his family]].
* FantasticVoyagePlot: You need to retrieve some [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter Trobbles]] a whale swallowed for Captain Rhubarb.
* FantasyKitchenSink
* FauxtivationalPoster: There have been two forum contests to design these, and the Mayor of Falconreach has one in his office.
* FighterMageThief: Your default classes.
* FilkSong: "Warcry of the Paladin" by theoutcrowd, which is all about the Necropolis chain.
* FishingMinigame
* FishingForSole: In the Fishing Minigame. Your character also pulls out a boot during the RummageFail (see below).
* FixedFloorFighting
* FlashStep: The Soul Weaver has an abundance of skills involving this, being the fastest class in the game hands down. The Chronomancer also does this when using Blink.
* {{Flashback}}: Artix, Nythera and Vilmor have flashbacks as part of their quest chains.
* FloatingContinent: Popsprocket, Aeris Battle-Spire, The Anomaly and Dragonsgrasp.
* FluffyTamer: Aria. In the quest where you have to rescue her from a cave full of BigCreepyCrawlies, the BossFight is a GiantSpider that she wants to keep as a pet.
* FluffyTheTerrible: [[BigBad Sepulchure's]] Dracolich, which he names "Fluffy".
* FlunkyBoss: Most of them.
* ForScience: Lim (and Cysero, in a MadScientist {{Magitek}} sort of way).
* ForegoneConclusion:
** For those familiar with ''VideoGame/AdventureQuest'', it was blindingly obvious that Konnan would eventually become Drakonnan.
** And playing Alexander's Diary, which takes place in the past of Lore. Even without WordOfGod, it became obvious when the supporting cast showed up that [[spoiler: Alexander becomes Xan]].
* FreudianExcuse: [[spoiler: Frostscythe claims that he was driven to evil because no Ice Dragon would bond with him supposedly due to him being half Ice Elf]]. The Hero [[ShutUpHannibal blows this excuse out of the water]] by saying that [[spoiler:the problem isn't his blood, it's his ''personality,'' since he wants to ''control'' dragons rather than cooperate with them]].
* FrothyMugsOfWater: Lampshaded hilariously.
* GadgeteerGenius: The gnomes. All of them.
* GameplayAndStoryIntegration: The last fights in the Dragongrasp questline are both [[AntiClimaxBoss Anti-Climax Bosses]]. The ease of the first fight [[spoiler: against Frostscythe while he's riding Cryozen]] compared to most Titan fights [[spoiler: since Cryozen does pitiful damage]] illustrates that [[spoiler: a) Cryozen is already at death's door thanks to Frostscythe's torture and b) Frostscythe is an incompetent Dragon Master]]. The second fight is also pretty easy [[spoiler: since you have Vilmor on your side and Frostscythe "only" has two ice dragons]] since it's meant to show [[spoiler: just how much The Hero and Vilmor outclass Frostscythe in every way]].
* GenderBlenderName: Thomas, the female spider Aria was training.
* GenreSavvy: The Hero and the [=NPCs=] certainly have their moments.
--> '''Dragon''': I really should just eat this adventurer, it will save me a lot of trouble in 30 levels or so.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** A humanoid shark warns his comrade that "Humans have natural means of defense! ''Stay away from the warm spots in the water!''"
** Etaos' line about Cryptic powers didn't sound like he was talking about magic tricks.
-->'''Etaos''': Cryptics do not need any weapons, we use our minds to cause pain. Or pleasure.
** They also got past a attempted suicide in the "Dying Light" quest. Even the name is a reference!
* GiantSpider: Thomas and other spiders.
* GoodCopBadCop: Ash and The Hero in the "Dying Light" quest.
* GottaCatchEmAll: Part of the plan to resist Sepulchure is to collect all the elemental orbs before he can.
* GratuitousForeignLanguage: Danish, of all things.
* GratuitousFrench: The Verteroche villagers.
* GratuitousGerman: Cysero says "Tchuss" in "Cyseredux".
* GratuitousJapanese: The Nekonomicon.
* GreenEyedMonster: [[spoiler: Frostscythe framed Vilmor for his crimes because he was jealous of her talent as a Dragonlord and her bond with the mightiest of the Ice Dragons]].
* HalfHumanHybrid:
** Nythera is half dragon (HotSkittyOnWailordAction seems to have been [[AvertedTrope averted]], since her mother can [[{{Shapeshifter}} turn into a more human-ish form]]).
** [[spoiler: Frostscythe is half Ice Elf]].
** Zhoom is half sand-elf, and has pointy ears.
** [[spoiler: Warlic is confirmed by WordOfGod to be half-infernal]].
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: Dave gets sliced in half vertically by Sepulchure.
* {{Hammerspace}}: The Hero's backpack. Lampshaded in the [[AllThereInTheManual design notes]] [[http://www.dragonfable.com/gamedesignnotes/dragongraspclash-252]]:
--> "Your backpack inventories are VERY spacious. Your pets are not at all crowded due to the compartmentalized nature of the backpack. A space for weapons, a drawer for trinkets, and a large fenced-in grassy area in the side pocket for your pets to frolic in. Gotta love Hammerspace!"
** Also mentioned by your character during a quest. You are trying to help someone escape, so you offer to carry him in your backpack. It works fine.
* HaveWeMetYet: Zhoom asks whether the character knows him in "Titans of Battleon!"
* HelloInsertNameHere: Everyone addresses you as this. Even Doom-Knight Sepulchure.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Sha'Rae throws herself into a hole to destroy the Orb of Light, [[SenselessSacrifice but Sepulchure captures the orb anyway]]]].
* HiddenInPlainSight: The Stone Orb, [[spoiler: until it was merged with the Nature Orb and fused into the Blade of Awe]].
* HighlyVisibleNinja: None of the ninjas seem to bother with stealth in any way, shape, or form (except for the ones in Shadow of the Wind village that appear only as text bubbles when you stand near them).
* HomemadeSweaterFromHell: Can be obtained during Frostval. Lampshaded by its description.
* AHomeownerIsYou / AnInteriorDesignerIsYou: Yes, you can get a House in this game for a small price, when you're a DA, but the good decorations cost Dragon Coins, and the lesser costs Gold.
* HopelessBossFight: You can't beat Sepulchure, or, on a couple of occasions, Drakath, Xan, and Akriloth. [[note]]It ''is'' possible to beat some of them (thanks to time travel fairies and a now-higher level cap), but the cutscene afterwards still assumes you lost.[[/note]]
* HurricaneOfPuns: So many... Just for starters, all the names in Oaklore, the names of most quests, Artix's commentary about undead slaying in Amityvale, and -- [[IncrediblyLamePun dear god]] -- the quest featuring the Sand Witch. Special mention goes to the time in ''[=ArchKnight=]'' when Ash manages to [[LampshadeHanging really, really irritate]] a necromancer with one of these.
* HybridMonster: The appropriately-named "Spare Parts" monsters randomly select parts from about five models to give them a different appearance every time. WordOfGod says that it's made up of 16 different parts from 6 different monsters. That makes 2821109907456 possible forms for this one monster.
* TheHyena: Xan.
* IdiotBall: Instead of ''using'' the various {{Amplifier Artifact}}s you're racing against the BigBad to find, you just hide them. [[spoiler:The only one where this accomplished anything was the Blade of Awe]].
* IdiotHero: The Hero is often a complete moron for the sake of the RuleOfFunny. Artix von Krieger and Ash Dragonblade aren't exactly Mensa candidates either (this leads to a few instances of StrangeMindsThinkAlike in Artix's quest chain).
* ImprobableWeaponUser: There are weapons that look like screwdrivers, hockey sticks, candy canes, turkey legs, etc. The most memorable examples are definitely the bacon weapons, which are shaped like pigs and have an entire quest chain dedicated to explaining their origin. Then there is Cysero, who managed to slice a bar of steel in half... with a staff.
* InTheBack: [[spoiler: Sepulchure was stabbed in the back by Drakath, with his own sword, to boot]].
* IncrediblyLamePun: Many of the Pactogonal Knight's names (Sir Vivor, Sir Prise, Sir Cull, Sir Pent, Sir Mise, etc.), Artix's constant puns on slaying the Undead, many of the monster names, and the list goes on... [[HurricaneOfPuns and on]].
* IncrediblyObviousBug: The gnomes design a spy-camera to attach to one of Sepulchure's flying eyeballs... which is about the size of a dog. He only fails to notice it due to the RuleOfFunny.
* InnSecurity: A quest in the Locker is all about type 2 of this.
* InterspeciesRomance: Nythera's father is a human wizard and her mother is a dragon. While her mother can take on human form, she seems to prefer eating in her natural dragon form. The only one who seems perturbed by the sight of a full-sized dragon crouching at a dinner table with her human husband is the soon-to-be-eaten Chickencow, for obvious reasons. Also, Zhoom's parents, presumably. [[spoiler: And Frostscythe]]'s.
* InvoluntaryShapeshifting: [[spoiler:Fae]], whenever she sneezes.
* JustIgnoreIt: In the "Choose Your Own Adventure Quest", if you fail to ignore Zorbak, something WILL be destroyed. Doesn't stop you from getting rewards if the thing being destroyed is only Amityvale.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: The Frozen Claymore is an extremely powerful ice weapon and it was reforged with added ice crystals later on to increase its killing potential. It takes the form of a katana in its improved state.
* {{Keet}}: Twig, when fed candy.
* KidsPreferBoxes: One of the enemies are a species of [[OurGoblinsAreDifferent goblins]] called Sneevils, who make a point of stealing boxes and discarding any of their contents. [[spoiler:[[CerebusRetcon Sneevils were actually kids once; Nythera created them]]]].
* KillItWithFire:
--> '''Xan''': No, that is too boring. I need to kill him... creatively. Like, [[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer with fire]]. [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill A LOT]] of fire. HAHAHAHAHA! Wargoth as well.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Lady Celestia is killed by Sepulchure in the 2011 Friday the 13th war. Later on in the Chapter 1 finale, Sha'Rae dies attempting a HeroicSacrifice and The Mysterious Stranger is killed by The Hero and The Hero's Dragon]].
* KillerRabbit: A lot of monsters in the game.
** It's possible to be killed by a wall. Yes, a ''wall''.
** Zorbak. When you first meet him, he tries to maul you with a bear. [[OhCrap Did we mention he knows Necromancy?]]
** Moglins, when they [[GRatedDrug eat candy]] on Mogloween. They go from being small, cute little creatures to ravenous beasts bigger than the player character.
** The Doomkitten.
* KingMook: The Sneevil Box-Lord.
* KnightOfCerebus: Whenever Sepulchure shows up, you ''know'' things are about to get bad. Also [[spoiler: Envy/Aspar.]] as of late events. Big time.
* KnightTemplar: [[spoiler:The Rose seeks to destroy ''all'' magical beings, even purely innocent ones like moglins.]]
* LampshadeHanging: Oh yeah.
* LastOfHisKind: Zhoom and Aquella. [[spoiler:At least until it's discovered that [[MindRape the rest of Aquella's people]] [[BodyHorror were just corrupted]] by [[EldritchAbomination Kathool]]]].
* LaughingMad: Xan, Captain Davey, and the Necrotic Blade of Doom.
* LawOfChromaticSuperiority: The Doom Knights.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: WordOfGod says this is why the ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' parody was called "Nooby Nooby Noob".
* LethalJokeCharacter: The Chickencow Armor. It has 9 skills (most classes have 14), 4 of which are run away, 1 of which is simply an attack which does regular damage but in nature (a useless element). Among the other 4, there is a basic shield, which nearly all classes have, and a few high damage moves. It seems useless, until you see that one of those moves has 12 hits. Add a weapon which has a fairly low chance on a hit of doing insane damage, and you go around killing everything in one attack. There are also weapons which heal on hit, and you can switch weapons in the middle of a battle. The end result is that you deal enough damage to kill most bosses in one attack, and can heal yourself whenever you want. Unsurprisingly, [[RandomlyDrops these are not easy to get]].
* LethalJokeWeapon: [[spoiler:The Bacon Orb saves the world from the Super Mega Ultra Darkness Dracolich in the Chapter 1 finale, and now the Bacon element has its own primal special]].
* LetsYouAndHimFight: Xan makes you fight [[spoiler:Warlic, who inexplicably decides that though he was holding back against the bad guys, he can make his best effort to beat the crap out of ''you'']]. Then there's the Blue Mage Rage from the Storm War. He was probably still holding back. Just not as much.
* Letters2Numbers: In "Bombs Away", Zank said "Chickencow Scan 50UP, Emergency Protocol Or4ng3 Ju1c3 ..."
* LevelAte: The Necropolis cafeteria is full of undead food {including Bread Zombies that say "[[IncrediblyLamePun GRAIIIIIINSSS... GRAIIIIIINSSS...]]") . The Hero [[LampshadeHanging wonders why the necromancers thought this was a good idea]].
* LevelScaling: With only a handful of exceptions, all enemies are scaled to your level.
* LightIsNotGood:
** Sek-Duat XV, [[spoiler:who is later revealed to be Sek-Duat I]], the lizard creatures from the [=SandSea=], and those dang [[GoddamnBats Minx fairies]]... although, they may just be defending their homes from the invaders that we are.
** During the Chapter 1 Epilogue, [[spoiler:the depowered Xan]] laughs with glee when he realizes that focused Light can bring [[spoiler:fiery destruction]].
* LiquidAssets: The first Soulweaver was created in this way. His father, desperate to save his dying son by any means, liquified all of his fellow villagers to create a cure from their life force. The slaughtered villagers became the first elemental spirits who provide the spirit strands that Soulweavers use to perform their craft.
* LittleMissBadass:
** Aria. She trains giant spiders, commands beetles, and kicks Sneevil butt.
** As a kid, Nythera managed to get herself grounded for using her dad's alchemy equipment to summon horrible monsters when her parents were out of the house. Even with her magic sealed off, she manages to punch some fairly powerful elementals to death.
* LittleNo: Aquella, when [[spoiler:she learns the fate of the Water Elves]].
* LivingDollCollector: Snou the giant collects her own Pen-Pals.
* LivingMacGuffin: [[spoiler:Vayle and Aquella, both for their association with an Elemental Orb]].
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* LoadsAndLoadsOfSidequests
* LovecraftLite: The Water Orb saga is a [[MindScrew very true-to-form]] Lovecraft homage, and only manages to sneak into this category by having a mostly-happy ending.
* LukeIAmYourFather: Parodied in the ''[=ArchKnight=]'' finale. A necromancer tries to pull this on Ash, who responds by telling him that his father works on a farm west of Falconreach.
* MacGuffinGirl: [[spoiler:Vayle ''is'' the Darkness Orb]].
* MadScientist: Dr. Voltabolt and Lim.
* TheMagicGoesAway: [[spoiler:The main theme of chapter 3 and Jaania's end goal.]]
* TheManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler:The Mysterious Stranger]].
* MascotMook: Sneevils and Togs.
* MeaningfulFuneral: [[spoiler:Warlic gets one in the Storm War. Of course he recovers]].
* MeaningfulName: Sepulchure, which when spelled differently is a holy tomb (talk about ironic). And in ''VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds'', you meet his evil [[spoiler:daughter, Gravelyn]]. See the connection?
* MedievalStasis: Due to [[NoodleIncident "The Reset"]].
* MindScrew: The Water Orb quest chain, since a lot of it is an extended CthulhuMythos {{homage}}. [[spoiler:And ''you're'' one of the people getting a full dose of MindRape]]...
* {{Minigame}}: Fishing, weapon crafting, cooking, and the ship-avoidance game in the ninja quest chain, to mention a few.
* MirrorMatch: You fight yourself in one of the more {{Mind Screw}}y quests in the Water Orb saga.
* MixAndMatchCritters: Chickencows.
* MoneySpider: Justified, since Robina the Hood stuns the forest monsters and leaves money on them.
* MoodWhiplash: The game slingshots back and forth between extreme silliness most of the time and sudden bouts of seriousness during some of the storyline quests. Perhaps most memorably, towards the end of Chapter One, [[spoiler:the world is being shrouded in darkness after a hellish undead dragon the size of a planet ate the sun! Everyone is dying! The solution? Time shenanigans, bacon, and ''Series/DoctorWho'' parodies!]]
* MST3KMantra: InUniverse example -- Rolith asks us to use this in the Code Monkey Challenge. The Hero then [[LampshadeHanging notes that the show has been off the air since most players birth]]. Which isn't true, as the legal age to play ''[=DragonFable=]'' is 13, and the show ended in 1999. [[RuleOfFunny Then again...]]
* MundaneUtility: [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Cysero]] used a black hole generator to... stretch spaghetti.
* MyGrandsonMyself: [[spoiler:Sek-Duat XV]].
* NameTron: Vend-Tron 3000, a special shop in the Kordana quest.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast:
** It's worth noting that Sepulchure's name means "grave" or "tomb."
** Vaal's name is similar to a demon named Baal.
* {{Necromantic}}: Appropriately enough, the Necromantress. [[spoiler:Also Xan, to a degree]].
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** The Hero [[spoiler:accidentally helps Nythera kill Warlic]].
** Subverted in the Amityvillain quest chain. The villagers blame The Hero for the "invading" baby dracoliches, but no one gets hurt and the villagers adopt the "[[RidiculouslyCuteCritter monsters]]".
** [[spoiler:Shattering the Ultimate Orb in the FinalBattle]] saved the world from eternal darkness, but it also throws the Elements into disarray. Chapter 2 is even titled "Elemental Dissonance".
* NightmareFetishist: Sally, ''[[CreepyChild a ten-year-old girl]]'' who thinks TheUndead are awesome playmates.
* NintendoHard: Rolith's challenges in the Lymcrest Labyrinth are patently impossible without cooperating with other players (which was the point). [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome The fans solved all of them within days of their release]].
* NoFourthWall: "I'm the hero of the story. It's my job."
* NoIndoorVoice: Ghost of Frostval Past, because his volume knob is broken.
* NoNameGiven: The Necromancer working with Klatu, Verata, and Nicto.
* NoSell: Most bosses (and a few {{mook}}s) have an annoying habit of being immune to stun and shrink abilities.
* NonSequiturThud: "Blatharg lithmpule moffub foop..."
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Konnan, although those who remembered a major plot arc of ''VideoGame/AdventureQuest'' [[NamesTheSame saw this coming as soon as he was introduced]]. Later on in the game, [[spoiler:Drakath]].
* {{Oculothorax}}: Jimmy the Eye.
* OnlySaneMan: Your character is either this or an IdiotHero, [[IdiotBall depending on what the plot calls for]]. Reens, Alina and Warlic also seem relatively sane ([[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation but that last one is up for debate]]).
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: They are called infernals. And while nasty and extremely powerful, they are a type of fire elemental as opposed to divine beings or spirits of evil.
* OurGoblinsAreDifferent: Sneevils. They used to be human children, but were converted via BalefulPolymorph by Nythera to build her a box fortress.
* OverlyNarrowSuperlative: Rosemary says that her Inn is Amityvale's best (and only) Inn.
** Hero: That has GOT to be the biggest mechanical gerbil powered by a real gerbil that I have ever seen!
* PanickyExpectantFather: The Hero freaks out upon learning that the Dragon Egg is about to hatch.
* ParasolOfPain: The Hero is able to obtain this in the boss fight of the ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' parody.
* PassThePopcorn: The Hero asks if there's any popcorn while watching Drakath's chase in "Sitcom".
* PlayingWithFire: Xan. Does not mix well with his AxCrazy-ness.
* PoirotSpeak: The Verteroche villagers, apparently.
* PreAsskickingOneLiner:
** The Hero to Drakath before the fight for the Wind Orb.
-->"You can either give me the orb and run away... or I can take it back, and you can CRAWL away."
** Also:
-->'''Dragon''': We can do this. We were ''meant'' for this.
-->'''Hero''': To save Lore?
-->'''Dragon''': [[spoiler:To destroy a planet]].
* ProphecyTwist: [[spoiler:The world that The Hero's Dragon is destined to destroy isn't Lore; it's the planet-sized Super Mega Ultra Darkness Dracolich]].
* PungeonMaster: Artix.
* PunnyName:
** A punny name is required to be a Pactogonal Knight, apparently.
** A somewhat subtle example (well, subtler than the puns ''usually'' are anyway); the witch who runs the bakery is named [[Literature/HanselAndGretel Gretel]].
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: Drakath is one all by himself.
* RageAgainstTheMentor:
** [[spoiler:Vayle was not pleased when she found out that Noxus wasn't actually planning to help her revive her brother]].
** [[spoiler:Drakonnan does this to Xan when he feels that Xan isn't allowing him to get his revenge on the player, and just wants to use him as a tool for his revenge against Warlic]].
** Nythera against Warlic. She gets mad that Warlic won't unlock her dragon powers and [[spoiler:temporarily "[[FakingTheDead kills]]" him, then enrages the Elemental Avatars, resulting in the Storm War]].
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld:
** Warlic survived the Reset, a catastrophe that changed ''VideoGame/MechQuest'' into ''[=DragonFable=]'' 4995 years ago.
** Also [[spoiler:Fae]]. Justified because of the [[spoiler:Nature Orb]].
** And [[spoiler:Sek-Duat XV]].
* RealMenWearPink: [[spoiler:Noxus]] in Hero Hearts Day.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Neatly summed up by one of the FauxtivationalPoster [[http://www.dragonfable.com/special/Motivational/apr2010/default.asp?num=6 contest winners]].
* ReferenceOverdosed
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter:
** Moglins, mostly. Lampshaded by a Falconreach Guardian.
** Trobbles.
** The baby dragons.
** Zorbak's baby ''dracoliches''; [[spoiler:the quest chain ends with his plans for world domination being ruined because the Amityvale townsfolk decide they're adorable and adopt them]].
* TheRival: Drakath to The Hero.
* RoarBeforeBeating: [[spoiler:Dragon-Drakath]].
* RuleOfFun / RuleOfFunny: Don't expect a lot of logic in this game.
* RummageFail: When The Hero tries to find the Schnozzberries for the Queen of Tarts, he/she digs up a boot, an axe, a book collection, and his/her Dragon. The queen fell asleep during this because it took too long.
* RunningGag: Cysero and his love of left socks, Rolith's togs, Artix's painfully bad puns and tendency to smite first and ask questions later, Celestia's tea, Sneevils, Friday the 13th undead invasions, etc.
* SamusIsAGirl: [[spoiler:Vilmor]].
* SaveTheVillain: Inverted; when Circe buries you in an avalanche, Vilmor shows up and pulls you out of the snow. [[spoiler: You later find out that Vilmor isn't actually evil]].
* ScaledUp: [[spoiler:Aisha, Queen of the Ice Dragons]] does this when you break into her castle to steal her [[spoiler: Ice Orb]]. Unfortunately for her, [[spoiler:Galanoth expected it and rubbed powdered [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Dragonsbane ore]] into his armor, so [[HoistByHisOwnPetard when she tries to eat him she actually poisons herself]]]].
* SceneryPorn: Some of the quests and cutscenes have very detailed backgrounds.
* SchizoTech: The technology levels are mostly medieval, but there are plenty of advanced machines, MagiTech, and even magical computers with holographic displays scattered here and there.
* ScoobyDoobyDoors: Played straight in "Mysterious LCC" quest (which was a ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' parody, appropriately enough).
* ScrewDestiny: This was the main reason for Sepulchure turning Fluffy into a Dracolich. He was giving the prophecy a big middle finger. [[spoiler: Which in turn Destiny gave him one since Fluffy actually gave the weakpoint to The Hero in order to defeat the Super Mega Ultra Darkness Dracolich]].
* SelfMadeOrphan: Xan is implied to have killed his parents in a fire. [[spoiler:A flashback in an [[FutureShadowing Alexander's Diary]] quest none-too-subtly implies it was entirely accidental]].
* SenselessSacrifice: In the "Dying Light" quest, [[spoiler:when Sha'Rae throws herself into a hole to destroy the Orb of Light to stop Sepulchure getting it, Drakath just grabs it from her as she falls and gives it to Sepulchure]].
* SevenDeadlySins: In the Ravenloss saga, there appears to be a spirit for each of the SevenDeadlySins.
* ShamuFu: Several weapons, probably inspired by an IncrediblyLamePun on "swordfish."
* ShooOutTheClowns: In Book 3 [[spoiler: there's been a timeskip, and now the playful young Ash and Aria are battle-ready adults.]] Several of the funnier Pactgonal Knights (notably Sir Baumbard and Sir Ano) are now missing as well. Even Twilly looks depressed when you're not talking to him!
* ShoutOut: So many... for starters, RobinHood, ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'', ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', ''Manga/InuYasha'', ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', ''TheAmityvilleHorror'', ''{{Pac-Man}}'', ''TheRing'', ''{{Okami}}'', ''Series/DoctorWho'', ''{{Dune}}'', [[ClassicalMythology The Labors of Heracles]], ''{{Spider-Man}}'', ''Literature/{{Pinocchio}}'', Creator/HPLovecraft, ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'', ''StarWars'', ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'', ''{{Peanuts}}'', ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'', ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', ''Film/ThePrincessBride'', etc. Odds are, if it's not referenced in ''[=DragonFable=]'', a quick look at another Artix Entertainment game should fix that. Especially if it's {{shonen}} {{anime}} or something else similarly {{geek}}y. A more comprehensive list of Shout-Outs in ''[=DragonFable=]'' can be found [[ShoutOut/DragonFable here]].
* TheSiege: Even though [[AntimagicalFaction The Rose]] was supposedly created to help the victims of magic, such as the Atreans, they launch a siege against their city, since they refuse to give up their own highly advanced brand of magic.
* SinisterScythe:
** You can claim [[TheGrimReaper Death's]] scythe as a weapon.
** There was a scythe that was considered the most powerful ice weapon ever forged. [[spoiler:It got smashed to pieces, but was reforged into the Frozen Claymore]].
** [[MeaningfulName Frostscythe's]] weapon [[spoiler:which players finally get for their own at the end of the Dragongrasp quest chain]].
* SitcomArchNemesis: Lim does not like Cysero.
* SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness: For the most part, the game is pretty far on the silly end of the scale.
* SmallAnnoyingCreature: Twilly and Zorbak especially. Twig, not so much. This is something of a change from ''VideoGame/AdventureQuest'', where Twig is kind of TheScrappy.
* SpinOff: Of ''[=AdventureQuest=]''.
* SpyCatsuit: The basic rogue armor, particularly the female version.
* TheStarscream: Okuchi no Okami and [[spoiler:Drakath]].
* StartOfDarkness: The Fire War, for Drakonnan.
* SteamPunk: Popsprocket.
* StealTheSurroundings: Done in the Popsprocket quest chain to the storage facility containing the MacGuffin.
* SpeedBlitz: The SoulWeaver class's Retribution skill.
* StopCopyingMe: In one quest, The Hero and Artix keep repeating each other's sentences until it culminates in "SNICKERDOODLE!"
* {{Stripperific}}: Female pirate and ninja classes.
* StunnedSilence: Following the [[spoiler: destruction of the Falconreach Guardian Tower]] and The Hero's BigNo, even the music stops.
* StuffBlowingUp: Nitroglycerin-soaked sponges launched out of a catapult. 'Nuff said.
* SuperPoweredRobotMeterMaids: Many of the machines in Popsprocket are repurposed [[ShoutOut Cyklons]].
--> '''Yix''': Occasionally, they short out and attack people. We really need to fix that.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: In the quest Escort to Verteroche the Guardian leader asks The Hero to leave the horse with them, justifying it with: "It's for its own safety, , definitely not to use it for bait for anything."
* SwissArmyWeapon: The Cordemi Codex.
* TalkLikeAPirate: Every Pirate NPC in the game.
* TalkingWeapon: The Necrotic Blade of Doom. Justified, as it got corrupted along with Sepulchure.
* TapOnTheHead: Subverted; Gary the Ice Elf is ''really'' bad at this, and the character ends up doing it himself.
* TeleportingKeycardSquad: Any time you have to go to the end of a dungeon and turn around, this will happen.
* TemptingFate:
--> "'What's the worst thing that could happen?' Seriously? That's like saying 'What dragon?' [[GenreSavvy ASKING for trouble]]."
* ThatLiarLies: Vayle responded to the character and Artix trying to explain with "''You lie''!"
* ThatManIsDead: During chapter 2, [[spoiler: Konnan refuses to be referred to by name or as Drakonnan]] and The Professor insists you just refer to him as his apprentice. Even the party-member captions just call him "Apprentice".
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: A [=DoomKnight=] vs. a [[{{Mook}} Sneevil]].
* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: The clock in [[CaptainErsatz Mayor Waen's]] office, in Book 3 Falconreach, actually works just like a real clock. It's even programmed to match the player's time zone, so you could actually use it as a clock if you're in fullsceen mode.
* TimeSkip: [[spoiler:Quite a few years pass between chapter 2 and chapter 3]].
* TimePolice: [[Series/DoctorWho Doctor When]] intervenes when you and Cysero exploit TimeTravel to gather eight copies of [[spoiler:the Elemental Bacon Orb]] to save Lore. This isn't the first time Doctor When has run into Cysero either -- turns out Cysero stole the phonebooth time machine from him and he's still holding a grudge.
* TimeStandsStill: The Chronomancer.
* TimeTravelTenseTrouble:
--> '''Cysero''': See ya later. Or earlier. You know what I mean.
* ToiletHumour:
** A couple of Guardians in the Dented Shield Inn took turns farting in another's helmet.
** Sir Prize's quest, especially the line "Oh my... oh man... it's everywhere."
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Lady Celestia likes a SpotOfTea. Twig eats fish and ice cream. ''Lots'' of fish and ice cream.
* TragicKeepsake:
** The Necromantress's crystal.
** The Stone of Falconreach Tower item that the player can obtain, in memory of the [[spoiler: destruction of the Falconreach Guardian Tower by Sepulchure. You can reforge both this and a Shard of the Ultimate Orb to make the first Good elemental weapons in the game]].
* TraitorShot:
** [[spoiler:Aspar. Constantly]].
** Circe, though she was revealed to be a villain before the hero met her.
* TraumaInn: Every Inn serves as this.
* TransformingMecha: [[spoiler:The town of Popsprocket]].
* {{Troperiffic}}
* TroubledBackStoryFlashBack: There are a few examples of this, the most memorable one belonging to [[spoiler:Artix]] in the Necropolis/Dark Orb
* TwentyFourHourArmor: Your character is always in his/her Armor, though he/she can change it.
* TheUndead: Has pretty much all of the examples of the list, with measures of LampshadeHanging toward them. A mentioned example of a Lich was instead called 'Liche' by Warlic, to which a character asks he really meant 'Lich' instead. Warlic merely noted that he was the powerful wizard and they weren't.
* UndergroundMonkey: Togs and Sneevils.
* UnderwaterRuins: The city of Tethys, which was destroyed by [[spoiler:Captain Davey]].
* UnexplainedRecovery: The phrase "He got better" is actually used word-for-word in-game as a LampshadeHanging.
* TheUnreveal: Galanoth briefly loses his helmet... offscreen. He spends the rest of the quest wearing a paper bag over his head rather than let anyone see his face.
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: Sepulchure is a ''very'' dark villain in a [[SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness silly]], [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism light-hearted]] game. This trope also applies to Kathool, Captain Davey, Noxus, Drakonnan, Xan, Sek-Duat XV, and [[spoiler:the Mysterious Stranger]].
* VillainousBreakdown: Sepulchure suffers this [[spoiler:when Drakath becomes TheStarscream to him and starts absorbing the Ultimate Orb's power and calls Fluffy to him]].
* VillainsActHeroesReact: Pretty much everything is initiated by the villains. The Hero is never proactive, which is why Sepulchure does not regard the Hero as a threat. Even when the Hero had most of the elemental orbs under his/her control, he/she never bothered to exploit their potential or come up with a strategy to defeat Sepulchure.
* WeirdMoon: The moon in Doomwood is always full according to Thursday.
* WelcomeToCorneria: Lampshaded in the Clashening quest "Dimension Cat".
* WhamEpisode: The "Flying Fortress" cutscene. It starts out with the Guardians and heroes holding the line, [[spoiler:but when Sepulchure's giant Dracolich-castle crashes into the Guardian Tower in Falconreach]] the music just stops and the characters stare in shock. The Boss Fight [[spoiler: ended with Lady Celestia dying, Akriloth Jr. appearing, and Sepulchure sending in a bunch of Undeads ''just to show how evil he can be'']].
* WhatTheHellPlayer:
** You get this if you answer "Yes", when offered to join or aid the bad guy. One of them being "Excuse us, while we go rewrite ''VideoGame/AdventureQuest''."
** When you first meet Twilly, you're given the option to kick him. If you ''do'' kick him, then you are promptly told that you're "the meanest player ever".
** And then there's "[[VideoGameCrueltyPotential The]] [[NauseaFuel Worst]] [[{{Squick}} Prank]] [[ToiletHumour Ever]]".
--->'''Sir Kuss''': WHY... [[WhatTheHellHero why would you DO this?]] [[LampshadeHanging You're not even getting any experience for this!]] You... you're just... [[{{Jerkass}} you're MEAN]]. That's what you are.
* {{Whatevermancy}}
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: At one point in the Fire War, you get to control Xan. His attacks are "Fire", "More Fire", "Even More Fire", "Lots of Fire", and "OMGBBQ!!"
* WhereItAllBegan: Sepulchure's fortress in the "Badlands" where the war with the "darkness" took place a thousand years ago, and where the Orbs were first created.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Xan, Drakonnan, the Kathool Adepts, [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation possibly]] Sepulchure, ''definitely'' the [[TalkingWeapon Necrotic Blade of Doom]], pretty much every other villain in the game, [[AndZoidberg and Cysero]].
* AWizardDidIt: Artix says all the bugs and plot holes are {{Handwave}}d in the game by saying "''magic''." You immediately use this in a BavarianFireDrill to get past the Necropolis Gatekeeper... which would have worked if [[KnightTemplar Artix]] had resisted the urge to smite. Anyone that's been on other quests with Artix would have seen it coming though.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds:
** Drakonnan, despite being astonishingly dark compared to quite a few AE Games villains, is still genuinely sympathetic for his troubles: [[spoiler:his family is killed in a fire by Akriloth]], prompting a WhatTheHellHero moment because of your character's FailureToSaveMurder. Followed by plotting pretty vengence, [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope which leads to...]]
** The Necromantress/[[spoiler: Lady Vayle]] is an even better example. While she has sent several minions to kill your character, she has also [[spoiler: witnessed the town where she lived as a child destroyed by a green mist that turned everyone (except her and Artix) into zombies, been tricked by Noxus into believing she could revive her brother with necromancy, seen Artix destroy Edgar and the crystal where she kept his soul, and then discovered Noxus had just been manipulating Vayle to create entire armies of undead and was planning to kill her to get the Darkness orb]].
* YouDidntAsk:
** During Frostval, Cysero doesn't tell The Hero that he could change the Coal Moglins back because The Hero never asked. The quest is even called "You Never Asked".
** [[spoiler: In the Chapter 1 finale, after The Hero has a near aneurysm and yells at Cyerso about not telling them that there's in fact nine orbs earlier. He just plainly states "You didn't ask..."]]
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Purple Hair]]: Valencia Surehunter, who got it from her father, [[PunnyName Trey]]. Elysia and Nythera have it too.
* YouKillItYouBoughtIt: Sir Alteon killed the tyrant Slugwrath, and while reluctant at first, the people chose him to become the new King.
* YouKilledMyFather & ThisIsUnforgivable: After The Hero and Artix destroy her Spirit Orb containing her brother Edgar's soul, Vayle both declares that she will never forgive them for destroying her only chance to supposedly bring back her brother by following Noxus' orders and vows vengeance against them out of belief that they killed him.
* YouMeanXmas: As in ''[=AdventureQuest=]'', Frostval.
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