-->'''Squiddy:''' Aren't you the hero?\\
'''Jables:''' I don't know.\\
'''Squiddy:''' Would you like to be?\\
'''Jables:''' OK.\\
'''Squiddy:''' Let's try this again. Hellllloooo, hero!\\
'''Jables:''' Yo.

''[[http://jajitsu.com/games-html/jables-adventure Jable's Adventure]]'' is a freeware platform game created by Jason Boyer (with help from Ryan Pietz on the dialogue and plot, and music by Kevin "Frantic Panda" Carville) and released in 2010. It's a {{Metroidvania}} game (it plays like a less-linear ''VideoGame/CaveStory'') with a surreal, self-aware sense of humor.

You play as Jables, a 15-year-old boy who wakes up one morning to find a squid perched on his head. Its name is Squiddy, and he insists that Jables is the hero. So Jables sets off to go exploring and a-hero-ing.

In spite of the game's short length (Boyers estimates that it has 30-60 minutes of gameplay), it's surprisingly {{Troperiffic}}.

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!!Press [X] to become the tropes!

* AbnormalAmmo: Your Hurricane Gun fires a blast of air.
* AdvancingBossOfDoom: Rutherford Goldbeard.
* BearsAreBadNews: They're the strongest non-boss enemies in the game.
* BlatantItemPlacement: Given a tongue-in-cheek [[JustifiedTrope justification]].
-->'''Shop keeper:''' Don't worry, we're running a special promotion.\\
'''Jables:''' What's that?\\
'''Shop keeper:''' I hid weapons and items outside the town to drum up publicity.\\
'''Jables:''' Isn't that reckless?\\
'''Shop keeper:''' [[MST3KMantra It's a game, kid. Don't be so serious.]]
* BubblyClouds: Can be visited via jet pack at the top of every single above-ground screen. Some of these areas contain {{Easter Egg}}s.
* CardCarryingVillain: King Squid.
* ChainsawGood: Lumber Jacques' weapon of choice.
* ChekhovsSkill: The high five isn't just used to save progress...
* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: The princess. [[spoiler:Squiddy doesn't even mention the princess until the game is almost over--it comes across like he just made her up. Then King Squid, in spite of being a card-carrying villain, vehemently denies kidnapping her, further calling into question her involvement with the story. Then she shows up at the end of the game anyway.]]
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Apparently you can't have a heroic quest without one.
-->'''Jables:''' If we've found a jet pack, then we're probably nearing the end of the game.\\
'''Squiddy:''' Oh, I guess you're right.\\
'''Jables:''' Yeah.\\
'''Squiddy:''' On the bright side, you'll get to meet the princess soon.\\
'''Jables:''' I didn't know there was a princess.\\
'''Squiddy:''' Neither did I...
* ExcusePlot: You're the hero! Now go, do hero stuff!
* EyesAlwaysShut: Most of the squids, including Squiddy.
* FlushingEdgeInteractivity: One house has a toilet that you can flush [[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer by shooting it]].
* GoodMorningCrono
* GottaCatchEmAll: Collecting all 10 Fruit of the Hero is an optional sidequest.
* GeniusLoci: Possibly. There's a hill with a face, and its eyes follow you.
* GreenHillZone: The fields right outside town.
* HeadPet: Squiddy might object to being called a pet, but he otherwise fits.
* HeartContainer: Fruit each increase your health bar by 2 points.
* HeKnowsAboutTimedHits:
-->'''Squiddy:''' Have you noticed how much the trigger looks like an [X]?\\
'''Jable:''' The resemblance is uncanny!
* InsaneTrollLogic:
-->'''Jables:''' I had no idea there was a villain.\\
'''Squiddy:''' I bet he's the one who kidnapped the princess.\\
'''Jables:''' Let her go, King Squid!\\
'''King Squid:''' I didn't kidnap any princess.\\
'''Squiddy:''' Then where is she?\\
'''King Squid:''' My plan doesn't involve the princess.\\
'''Squiddy:''' Yet you kidnapped her anyway.\\
'''Jables:''' That's evil.\\
'''King Squid:''' [[VisibleSilence ...]]
* LethalLavaLand: Squidville, which is in a volcano.
* LetsYouAndHimFight: Neither of the first two bosses are evil. Lumber Jacques attacks because he thinks you're a walking tree. Rutherford Goldbeard attacks because he thinks you're a cattle rustler.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfLoading: it's a low-resolution game that requires ''several seconds'' of loading whenever you enter a new area, on contemporary dual-core gigahertz machines.
* TheLostWoods
* JetPack: In practice, functions like an infinite DoubleJump.
* MediumAwareness: Everyone is apparently aware that this is a game.
* MisplacedWildlife: Pokey the cactus, first encountered in the middle of a forest. [[LampshadeHanging Jables asks him what he's doing there]], and he himself isn't sure. Later, Pokey shows up inside a volcano, and explains that he got there by digging.
* MissionControlIsOffItsMeds: The creator's description of the game calls it "an adventure filled with ... useless advice..." and he's not kidding. Squiddy thinks Jables couldn't ''jump'' before meeting him; he tries to teach Jables how to break blocks with his mind; and some of his useful facts about fruit are complete nonsense.
* MortonsFork: Employed by Rutherford Goldbeard. First he thinks Jables is a cattle rustler, who therefore needs to die. When Jables convinces him he's ''not'' there for any cattle, Rutherford concludes Jables has been possessed by a brain squid--and Rutherford's brain-squid-removal procedure is no less lethal than his anti-cattle-rustler measures.
* MusicSoothesTheSavageBeast: After gaining the strawberry, Jables spontaneously sings the ''StrawberryShortcake'' theme song, which calms the SCUBA bear's rage.
* NighInvulnerable: Pokey the cactus is "over 9000% fireproof".
* OffscreenVillainy: While King Squid claims to have a villainous scheme, no details are ever revealed. As far as we can tell, the scheme may have consisted of nothing more than declaring himself the villain and waiting for a hero to come fight him.
* OnlySaneMan: King Squid
* OxygenMeter: It depletes quickly enough that you can't really do ''anything'' underwater until you get the SCUBA gear.
* ScarsAreForever, GoodScarsEvilScars: King Squid boasts a pretty badass scar over his left eye.
* SchmuckBait: The mermaid gives you useless things to make you go away, eventually culminating with, "Listen, if I tell you a secret, will you leave me alone? ... If you pester the mermaid too much, you're gonna have a bad time." [[spoiler:If you talk to her again, she says "I warned you," and kills you instantly.]]
* SorryILeftTheBGMOn: Turns out it comes from a panda and a dude in a duck mask playing instruments in the sky.
* TalkativeLoon: The mushrooms.
* UndergroundLevel: Two different cave systems.
* UndergroundMonkey: {{Palette Swap}}ped versions of the slimes appear in darn near every area. On the other hand, the normal bear, SCUBA bear, and flamethrower bear are all unique sprites.
* UnderTheSea
* YeahShot: ''High five!'' IrisOut. Roll credits.
* YouHaveResearchedBreathing:
-->'''Squiddy:''' I will now bestow on you the power to jump. Press [Z] to clear that gap!\\
''[jump]''\\
'''Jables:''' I could already do that.\\
'''Squiddy:''' Oh. Good for you then.

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''High five!''