''Adventurers!'' is a webcomic by [[Tropers/{{Webrunner}} Mark Shallow]], who later created ''AntiheroForHire'' (there's a crossover... of sorts). It began as a series of console RPG jokes connected only by the presence of the main characters, but gradually developed a storyline that [[GrandFinale culminated with]] a massive battle against the FinalBoss.

The storyline is now finished and the comic no longer updates. http://adventurers.keenspot.com/ is the place to get your ArchiveBinge.

The TabletopRPG ''Console'', also an AffectionateParody of C{{RPG}}s and their tropes, uses ''Adventurers!'' strips for some of its illustrations.

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!!This webcomic provides examples (almost always {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d or {{Parodied|Trope}}) of the following tropes:

* AbortedArc: Nate Wars, among a several recurring comics during the first 100 strips.
* AcademyOfEvil: As shown in a flashback, Khrima graduated from one.
* AcceptableBreaksFromReality: Much of the humor in the strip comes from taking these literally.
* ActionBomb: [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20020306.html Bombats]] explode when the party encounters them in battle.
* AffectionateParody
* AIRoulette: When Eternion agrees to face the party in an RPG battle, he finds that he can't use his most powerful skill a second time because RPG bosses choose attacks randomly.
* AlienGeometries:
** Imposis specializes in these, creating an "impossible object" when challenged as to the meaning of his name.
** [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0345.html An NPC declares]] that the WrapAround on each side of the square world map makes their world an "impossible" shape.
* AllMythsAreTrue: Actively cited as a law of the universe.
* AmazingTechnicolorBattlefield: Khrima has one built just for the sake of conforming to this trope.
* ApatheticCitizens: The Bystandrians, who are doomed to stand idly by instead of taking action in the face of danger -
* AreYouPonderingWhatImPondering: When Karn tries to figure out [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0014.html how to escape from a collapsed dungeon]], he decides the key to escaping is the model airplane and completely ignores the cracked wall and explosives...
* ArbitraryHeadcountLimit:
** [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20040417.html Near the end]] when Cody suggests he might have been able to join the team if they didn't have nine characters already. Since there's only one named OptionalPartyMember, this suggests Cody and Drecker are MutuallyExclusivePartyMembers as well.
** Made fun of [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0133.html in this strip]], in which one party member must stay behind for what turns out to be no reason whatsoever.
* ArtEvolution: The art does improve over time, although it is still very amateurish.
** Inevitably parodied [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20050115.html in this comic]], in which, at the beginning of a flashback, the characters complain about the sudden lack of quality in the art (which is drawn in the style of the early strips).
* AttackItsWeakPoint: Karn decides that a robot's glowing red power core must be its weak spot and attacks it. [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20020411.html It doesn't work out the way Karn hoped it would.]]
* AuthorGuestSpot: The author occasionally appears to address the audience and [[LampshadeHanging hang a lampshade]] on something or other, but he doesn't interact with the characters directly.
* BackFromTheDead: Any character that appears to be "dead" inevitably returns.
* BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork: [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20040327.html Argent isn't about to just let a de-powered, mortal Eternion go.]]
* BankruptcyBarrel: [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0019.html Karn wears one]] after all of his equipment (including his clothes) is stolen by Drecker.
* BarehandedBladeBlock: A couple of characters manage to [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0358.html pull this off]] by virtue of having robot arms. [[spoiler:Happens again during the final boss fight.]]
* BehindTheBlack: Characters can't see anything that's out of the "player"'s field of view, no matter how illogical this is.
* {{BFS}}: All of Karn's weapons are oversized swords.
* BigBadEnsemble: Khrima and Eternion, both of whom correspond to different kinds of RPG villains. (Khrima is an EvilOverlord, and Eternion is an evil PhysicalGod.)
* BishonenLine: [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20050616.html This strip]], in which the characters comment on the relative monstrousness of Khrima's different forms, is the {{Trope Namer|s}}.
* BlindIdiotTranslation: Parodied in a strip where the characters speak gibberish and then blame it on the translator.
* BlockPuzzle: The party faces these in every temple they explore. [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20020226.html Everyone but Karn hates them.]]
* BonusBoss: Why does Karn want to fight it? [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0224.html Because it's there!]]
* BossBattle: The party encounters many of these.
* BottomlessMagazines: Tesla is quite happy that console RPG characters never run out of ammo, ever.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: An early joke is that Drecker, hard-bitten thief that he is, finds himself able to swear only in cutlery once he joins the party. This extends to everyone else (except Eternion) and becomes a RunningGag; when Khrima's about to go through a lot of pain in the Final Battle, he says "Oh '''utensil'''."
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Not a heavily used trope, but there is one notable example. Final Boss Khrima uses an attack spell with an animation so over-the-top, it doesn't just include an EarthShatteringKaboom, it actually cracks the ''Adventurers!'' game disc, requiring Karn to tell the "player" how to replace the disc with a backup copy.
* BrickJoke:
** In an early strip, the party [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0128.html defeated a microbug and won a piano]]. During the final fight against Khrima, Karashi, realizing that she could throw ''[[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20050609.html anything]]''...
** When he finds out that the person who his boss most fears is a [[QuirkyBard bard]] of all things, Cody [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20020329.html wonders if he isn't really a superhero in disguise]]. Then fast forward to [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20060911.html the finale]]...
** In an earlier strip, one of the main characters plays Boggle with the bad guy and spots "gorilla". Several strips later, the bad guy spots the same word as he plays Boggle with one of his minions. And again when he fights Eternion.
** [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0029.html Early in the strip]], an Ice Dragon which [[GenreSavvy has painted himself red to make itself look like a Fire Dragon]]. It [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20030103.html later]] appears in the news, complaining about the quality of the paint, which has apparently faded to green.
* ButThouMust: The heroes are [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20020107.html rather used to NPCs not taking "no" for an answer]].
* ByThePowerOfGrayskull: The Khaos Generals have to say a phrase to use their Flowgem-granted abilities. [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20020206.html "I would have gone with the naked costume change but she doesn't change costume."]]
* {{Cap}}s: After strip number 999, every subsequent strip was also numbered 999.
* {{Cameo}}: Hero and Cherry from ''Webcomic/{{RPG World}}'' appear in the background when Maxima Termis calls for 'a spiky-headed hero and his sidekick'. The later when Eternion announces in a newspaper that he's making a bid for Final Boss, another article in the newspaper is titled "Galgarion to gardners: Prune or Die." In turn, Khrima made a cameo in ''RPG World'', appearing in the hallway at Eviltown U.
* CardCarryingVillain: Khrima identifies as one.
* CerebusSyndrome: Even after the plot picked up there would be periods where they went back to complete "gag a day" strips, justified as taking time off from the plot to level grind.
* ChainedByFashion: Eternion's second form wears chains.
* ChainsawGood: [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20050101.html Spybot gets one and is very happy about it]], though it doesn't get put to any use.
* CharacterDevelopment: A few nice bits.
** Karn [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20051103.html is frustrated]], but he never did have much patience for anything that didn't involve hitting things with swords.
** A couple times earlier, Karn tries to actively demonstrate CharacterDevelopment by being angsty or apathetic, but both times is called out on it - particularly since his personality doesn't really mesh. He also dreams of getting amnesia.
* ChekhovsGunman:
** Played straight with Argent. Inverted in [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20011130.html this strip]], in which a character is conspicuously introduced and then never seen again.
** This actually happens with several characters early on, mostly because the series hadn't switched from its gag-a-day nature. Later on, many characters were merged into the story line, but many of the less defined ones didn't make the cut.
* ChestMonster: And [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0392.html it's bigger than the box it was hiding in!]]
* CollapsingLair: Standard issue for RPG villains. Averted once because the designers 'were on a budget'.
* CombatPragmatist: Tesla, when challenged to a duel, [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0362.html starts fighting a little sooner than her opponent expected]].
* CombatTentacles: Dark Doomsceror [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20040617.html uses them for counter attacks]]. Drecker notably worries they might be the naughty kind instead.
* CommonplaceRare: Apples, for which NPC vendors charge a surprisingly high price.
* ContinuityNod:
** Most of the summons seen in the comic return when Ardam summons Pantheon is just ''one'' example.
** Another silly one comes up late in the comic. Early on, Ardam fights one-on-one with an evil wizard named Whizrom, who begins melting/evaporating after he's defeated. Both of them notice that Whizrom is taking an awfully long time to finish disappearing (which Ardam lampshades), and hundreds of episodes later we see him again, still evaporating and going about his business normally. And later still, he appears in the final dungeon, after being frozen into the shape of a sphere.
** [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20011119.html Septuple]] [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20050820.html Scare]].
** See also Brick Joke, above.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: Karashi and Tesla train their jumping skills because, as Karashi puts it, [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20020320.html "EVERYTHING is protected by floating platforms over lava."]]
* CoupDeGraceCutscene: Karn says that Ardam's plan to have him strike the final blow against Khrima in battle is unnecessary: [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20051103.html "It doesn't matter who makes the final hit, the plot says I do it anyway."]]
* {{Crossover}}: With ''RPGWorld''. And with ''AntiheroForHire''... sort of.
* CurbStompBattle: After much epic adventuring, the party has finally managed to confront Eternion, one of the two {{Big Bad}}s, and drag him into an RPG battle. [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20031230.html The result?]] [[TotalPartyKill "Well, that was easy."]] [[spoiler: Subverted: Ardam had a Relife Ring equipped.]]
%% commented out as dual-trope entry * CutscenePowerToTheMax and CutsceneIncompetence: Parodied in one comic.
* CuttingTheKnot: When stuck in TheMaze, Karashi [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0386.html climbs over the walls]] and Tesla [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0387.html breaks through them]].
* DamselInDistress:
** In Lumi's job description, evidently. "Didn't they teach you anything at your church? Next thing you'll tell me they didn't tell you how to properly get kidnapped."
** Also attempted with Karashi on two occasions. Both times she freed herself. One time she actually managed to free herself and make it back to camp before the rest of the party realized she had been kidnapped at all.
* DancingPants: Just one of the many possible RandomEncounters.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0029.html The boss of the ice cave]], who cheats at ElementalRockPaperScissors.
* DeathGlare: It's a little insensitive to complain about feeling left out to the party's resident {{Butt Monkey}}s, [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20030722.html Ardam]].
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * DeathTrap
* DimensionLord: The Eternals are a race of these, with Maxima Termis being their initial leader, followed by Eternion.
* DistressedDude: In one storyline, Karn is captured by Khrima and tied up.
* DramaticThunder: Karn makes Ardam use a lightning spell only for the sake of this trope.
* DramaticUnmask: Eternion when Khrima hits him with the Mallet of Extreme Pain. The fact that the mask ''is'' his face should tell you where it [[AntiClimax heads]].
* DuelBoss: Ardam vs Whizrom, among others. (The author has a rather low opinion of these.)
* EasterEgg: Karn follows some ridiculous directions in order to find one.
* ElementalRockPaperScissors: Including such elements as "Tastes Like Orange Tang", "Doesn't Taste Like Orange Tang", and "Peanuts".
* EnemyMine: Played straight and later subverted when the less-evil Khrima realizes Eternion's trying to force him into one with the heroes, as part of his gambit to secure the role of Final Boss.
* EquipmentSpoiler: Invoked when Karn panics on discovering a shop that sells a weapon no one in the party uses in case they missed a secret character. [[spoiler:They meet and recruit the user of said weapons later.]]
* EverythingTryingToKillYou: Anything and everything can be a monster in a RandomEncounter, even the cup of coffee Ardam was trying to drink.
* EvilChancellor: Parodied - the chancellor wasn't evil and the monster impersonating him had a cold.
* EvilCounterpart: Most of the good guys have one - Ardam vs. Wizrom, Drecker vs. Rio, Karashi vs. Mizuna, Gildward vs. Dirlend, even Chookie vs. Blanc...
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * EvilGloating: Lampshaded. Khrima tells a captured Karn everything, even though [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0205.html Karn tells him it might not be the smartest thing to do]].
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * EvilMinions: Most of them have [[MinionWithAnFInEvil Fs in Evil]], but still.
* EvilerThanThou: Eternion is clearly more evil than to Khrima and attempts to usurp the role of True Final Boss.
* ExplosiveInstrumentation: Khrima [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20050811.html apparently]] built them like this on purpose.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * FakeKing: Parodied.
* FetalPositionRebirth: one of Khrima's transformations.
* FetchQuest: [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0348.html Karn is given a UPS hat when he volunteers to do these.]]
* FightWoosh: Ardam hates battle transitions.
* FinalBoss: Khrima and Eternion actually get into a [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20020130.html PR battle]] over who gets to be FinalBoss. Khrima wins.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * FloatingPlatforms: Subverted.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample --> '''Drecker''': And the platforms weren't really floating? Cheap.
* FlockOfWolves: One of Khirma's plans was to capture all the party members and replace them with robot duplicates, then have the robot duplicates strike when they least suspect it. There are four major flaws with this:
** One: The robot duplicates don't look like the people they're supposed to look like.
** Two: The plan involves capturing them all. Why would they need to bother doing anything else if they've all been captured?
** Three: If he'd captured and replaced them all, then the robots would be attacking each other.
** Four: Why would they make a robot duplicate of Evil Killer Death Spybot 5000? He already works for them.
* FourIsDeath: Khrima has four forms.
--> '''Khrima''': Fourth time's a '''charm'''.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * FourthWallMailSlot
* FrickinLaserBeams: Khrima demands that his engineers put lasers on everything, even ballistic missiles. He later fires one of them for inventing a weapon better than lasers.
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * GainaxEnding: "[[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20051224.html This]] is going to cause message board debates for ''years''."
* GameBreaker: In-Universe. All of Karn's ultimate abilities. [[spoiler:Although Khrima's final form actually blocks one of them.]]
* GameBreakingBug: In-Universe, one boss attack [[UpToEleven breaks the game disc!]]
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: Lampshaded - the characters can do ridiculous things in battle, but can't do any of it outside.
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: Parodied and played straight at different points.
** Eternion's first appearance is as one of these.
** After defeating the True Final Boss, the party just runs away from "[[FinalFantasyIX Necrevil]]" instead of fighting it.
* TheGlomp: [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0360.html Tesla glomps Ardam]].
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * GlobalAirship: [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0011.html Don't let Karn fly.]]
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * GoldfishPoopGang: Kemmit and Meck.
* GoodBadBugs: In-Universe. A [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20011026.html nod]] to VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI's infamous "Vanish" + [[UselessUsefulSpell "Doom"]] GameBreaker combo.
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * GoodMorningCrono: [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0026.html This strip.]]
* GottaCatchThemAll: The Elemental Relics: Hydrogen, Helium, Lithium...
* GrandFinale: Goes on for just under 300 strips.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: Subverted.
* GuestStarPartyMember: The Guy Who Took the Gold Armor, the Level 99 Guy.
* GuideDangIt: Ardam finds out that he and Karn were supposed to perform [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0077.html a ridiculously complicated series of steps]] based only on the clue "GNWG".
* GunsAreWorthless: [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0286.html Parodied]] - gun-wielding enemies do very little damage because their weapons fire Nerf balls.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Despite looking completely human, Karn is quarter-[[WingedHumanoid Skyrian]], as revealed via painfully straight AsYouKnow; his father is half-Skyrian. The green hair probably should have been a giveaway, unless you count on YouGottaHaveBlueHair. Also, Karashi and her sister are half-dwarf. They get their looks from their father.
* HarmlessVillain: Nearly all of them.
* HeadTiltinglyKinky: [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0161.html In this strip]], Karn and Ardam have this reaction to Karashi fansites.
* HealthDamageAsymmetry: The result of [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20050816.html Khrima not investing in healing research]].
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * HeKnowsAboutTimedHits: [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20011127.html This strip.]]
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Argent]]
* HeroicBSOD: Ardam, after being attacked by the [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0343.html Evil Pants.]]
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * HitPoints
* HolyHandGrenade: The Smite spell. Pity Lumi only has enough MP to cast it once.
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * HonestJohnsDealership: [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0111.html Honest Cid's Used Airships]].
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * HoYay: [[invoked]] Lampshaded by Karn in [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20060807.html this strip]].
* HPToOne:
** Eternion's [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20031218.html Grief Impulse]] wouldn't work on anyone he couldn't kill in a single turn anyway, but he uses it because he enjoys the cruelty of it regardless.
** Khrima [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20040824.html also has one]] that hits the entire party, but due to an abundance of healing options they weren't particularly intimidated.
* IndyEscape: [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20011123.html They fail, but it doesn't matter.]]
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Rio.
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * InsecuritySystem: Lampshaded [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0186.html here]].
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * InstantAwesomeJustAddMecha: [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0194.html "Since when did we have giant robots?"]]
* InsurmountableWaistHeightFence: Parodied twice - once when a villain places a chair in the party's path and Karn doesn't comprehend the notion of stepping over it, and again when he performs a jumping attack on an enemy in battle, but then declares a small obstacle too high to pass.
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * InterchangeableAntimatterKeys: [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0395.html Here.]]
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * ItemCrafting: [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0159.html Parodied.]]
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * ItsAllAboutMe: Yes, [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0196.html yes it is, Karn]].
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * IWillShowYouX:
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample -->'''Khrima''': They think they vanquished me? I'll make them see what it's like to really vanquish me!
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * JokeCharacter: Chookie.
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * JustBetweenYouAndMe: [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0205.html Lampshaded]] - [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0206.html "Whatever, I'll tell you guys anyway."]]
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * KickTheDog: Yeah, Khrima's got [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20020315.html villain cred]] to spare with that one... too bad that technically wouldn't make him even as evil as ''[[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0140.html the main character]]''...
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * KillerRabbit: Ardam falls victim to a [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0302.html DevilRabbit]].
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * KillSat: Khrima sure does love his lasers.
* KleptomaniacHero: Karn is [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20020517.html unapologetic]] about ransacking people's houses for useful items.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * KnightOfCerebus: Eternion.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * LampshadeHanging: And how!
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * LaserBlade: Lampshaded by how absurd it is.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * LastDiscMagic
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * LetsSplitUpGang
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * LevelGrinding
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * LimitedWardrobe: Made fun of. Also subverted in [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0390.html this strip]].
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * LoadBearingBoss: Khrima, [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20051231.html naturally]].
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Builds up quite a roster by the end.
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * LoadsAndLoadsOfLoading: [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0030.html Here]] and [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0083.html here]]/
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * LockAndKeyPuzzle
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * LostForever: Both parodied and played straight.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * LoveInterest: Lumi/Karn, Tesla/Ardam, Karashi/Drecker
* MaskPower: The Eternals all wear masks.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * TheMaze
* MeaningfulName: The city of [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20030211.html Doomdia]], and the Bystandrians. Arguably, Gildward, whose name is a composite of "Gilbert" and "Edward", the Japanese and English names for the [[QuirkyBard Spoony Bard]] in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV''.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * MementoMacGuffin: Lumi's amulet.
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * {{Metaphorgotten}}: [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0299.html "You see, evil is like... it's like a bowl of oranges..."]]
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * MindScrew: "This is going to cause message board debates for years."
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample (cont.; + Weblink issue) ** Also, [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20011128.html "Wait for the sequel."]]
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * MinionWithAnFInEvil: Khrima, despite being the EvilOverlord.
* TheMole: The aptly named [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0156.html Killer Evil Death Spybot 5000]], who, incidentally, is never seen spying again.
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * {{Mon}}: [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0063.html Humorously averted.]]
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * MookChivalry: [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0287.html Spoofed.]]
* MotivationOnAStick: A variation with a treadmill and a sign reading "plot" is used to keep Karn occupied in one strip.
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * MusicalSpoiler: [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20020110.html Subverted.]]
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * MysteriousInformant: Imposis.
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * NerfArm: [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0292.html A rolled-up newspaper]] and [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20020927.html a stick]].
* NeverFoundTheBody: Lampshaded by Karn:
-->"We never found the body, so obviously he's still alive!"\\
"But the explosion could haveó-"\\
"'''We never found the body, so obviously he's still alive.'''"
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * NightmareRetardant: InUniverse examples:
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples (cont.) ** [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20040511.html "That is confusion, not fear. Try again."]]
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples (cont.) ** [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0325.html "Look upon the mask and tremble!"]]
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * NoEndorHolocaust: Which causes Ardam to give up trying to accept the nonsense.
* NoHeroDiscount: Ardam [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20020104.html tries and fails]] to get an NPC vendor to give Karn one.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * NonActionGuy: Gildward.
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * NonLethalKO: [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0220.html "Fainted fainted fainted!"]]
* NoSneakAttacks: Parodied multiple times. On one occasion, one monster persuades another to attack the party in their sleep... only to discover their tent is [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0258.html electrified]].
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * NotSoDifferent: Khrima tries to play this card. [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20051122.html It doesn't work.]]
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Khrima turns out more competent than he originally seems, but he's still not very threatening.
* NumberOfTheBeast: Eternion's HP and MP.
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * OhCrapThereAreFanficsOfUs: [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0161.html "I suddenly find myself very, very glad that I don't have any fansites."]]
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * OminousLatinChanting: {{Invoked|Trope}}.
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples (cont.)--> '''Khrima''': Ahem. ''[[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20040817.html Cue the choir]]''
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * OneWingedAngel: Khrima. He uses [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0035.html Wing-B-Gone]] to deal with it.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * OnlyIdiotsMayPass
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: The reason Khrima saves the party when Eternion first appears.
* OnlySaneMan: Ardam, who can't stand the absurd RPG tropes he has to deal with. [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20060128.html Near the end]] -- [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20060623.html he gives up.]]
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * OnlySmartPeopleMayPass
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * OperationBlank
* OptionalPartyMember: [[spoiler:Drecker]] is ''not'' pleased to learn he's one.
* {{Padding}}: Woo boy, that last arc. [[invoked]] Lampshaded, [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20050614.html of course]].
* PaletteSwap: [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0042.html Which one's the navy one?]]
* PamphletShelf
* PartyInMyPocket: [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0203.html Lampshaded.]]
* PayEvilUntoEvil: After Eternion is defeated and made mortal and Invisin offers to try and help him adapt, Argent explodes them both.
* PeekABangs: Ardam, as well as everyone from his hometown.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * PhysicalGod: The Eternals
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * PlotCoupon
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * PointyEars: Karn
* PokeThePoodle: Most of Khrima's attempts at proving how evil he is... such as giving Karn free passes to an amusement park that ''doesn't have any cotton candy''.
* PricelessPaperweight:
** The villain uses his orbital satellite to cut his sandwich.
** In another story arc, Khrima plots to steal a magic water-generating crystal, which provides the only source of water for a city, to use in his office water cooler. Mizuna then says that, once they have it, it would be better to ransom it back to the city in exchange for its inhabitants becoming his servants. Khrima agrees that her idea is better. Then, in the process of stealing it, the two of them discover what the people who live in the city [[TooDumbToLive are]] [[ObstructiveBureaucrat actually]] [[SurroundedByIdiots like]] - and into the water cooler it goes.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * ProductPlacement: Parodied.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * PunchClockVillain
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * PuzzleBoss: [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20040513.html Whizrorb.]]
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * QuirkyBard: Gildward.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * QuirkyMinibossSquad
* RagnarokProofing: Ardam is amazed that the machinery in the "thousand-year-old temples" still works. [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20030117.html Apparently, the construction company that built the ancient temple talked the owners into paying extra for this exact feature...]]
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * RandomEncounters
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * RandomlyDrops
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * RebelliousPrincess: [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0109.html "I may have exaggerated a little..."]]
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * RecurringBoss: Numerous. Khrima, Eternion, Blanc, Mizuna just to name some.
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * ReviveKillsZombie: [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0017.html This strip]] illustrates the results.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * RewardingVandalism
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * RPGMechanicsVerse
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * RunningGag:
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample (cont.)** "Gorilla! Right there!"
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample (cont.) ** [[WelcomeToCorneria "There are many guards in the castle!"]]
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * SavePoint
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * SequentialBoss
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * SharkPool
* ShoutOut:
** The [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII "Magic Eight Squall"]], the name [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV Gildward]], and several others.
** The use of "spoon" as a swear-word refers to the line "You spoony bard" in VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV's translated version.
** Tesla's jetpack has the activation code "[[SpaceBattleshipYamato YAMAT0]]".
* ShowWithinAShow: In addition to Khrima's [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0368.html daytime TV]] and various other shows, the entire comic turned out to be a ShowWithinAShow - or more accurately, Game Within A Comic - in the final comic, where it's revealed [[spoiler:Wrench of ''AntiheroForHire'']] has been playing it the whole time.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * {{Sidequest}}
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * SlapOnTheWristNuke: An EarthShatteringKaboom does not as much damage as you'd think.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * SlaveToPR
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * SmallAnnoyingCreature: Chookie.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * SmokeShield: Lampshaded/Subverted/Parodied/Inverted.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * SoLongAndThanksForAllTheGear
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * SortingAlgorithmOfEvil: Partially subverted.
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * SpikesOfDoom: [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20020823.html Used here.]]
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * SpoofAesop: [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0249.html But most of all I learned never to tick off a ninja.]]
* SquishyWizard: Ardam. Gildward is a squishy ''bard''.
** Parodied when Ardam had to fight a DuelBoss fight against Whizrom. Whizrom was completely immune to Ardam's magic - but being a squishy wizard himself, he was vulnerable to Ardam's usually useless physical attack.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * StandardStatusEffects
* StartofDarkness: Khrima describes in detail of how he came to be a lord of darkness.
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * StatingTheSimpleSolution: [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0112.html Here.]]
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * StayingAlive: [[spoiler:Khrima]] [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20061006.html here]].
* StrategyGuide: Karn is seen [[NoFourthWall reading one]].
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * StupidityIsTheOnlyOption
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * SuicidalOverconfidence: [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20020109.html "What attracts them to us enough to override their self-preservation instincts?]]
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * SummonMagic: Ardam uses this, and so do a few other characters.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * SuperMode: Karn has probably one of the most [[GameBreaker broken]] cases ever seen. Lampshaded as with everything else.
* TakeThat: "[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Squall]] belongs to Square. [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0336.html They can keep him.]]"
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * TakeYourTime: Made fun of repeatedly. One of the more ridiculous examples is [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20020516.html here]].
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * TakingYouWithMe
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * TalkToEveryone
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * TempleOfDoom: And they contain {{Block Puzzle}}s!
* TenPacesAndTurn: Tesla and a villain [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0363.html attempt this]], but are foiled by the RPG battle system.
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20021115.html "Any job worth doing with a laser is worth doing with many, many lasers."]]
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * TimedMission: [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20020101.html Here]].
* TimeTravel: Used for a couple of cheap jokes and then never mentioned again.
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * TimmyInAWell: [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0008.html "The Problem With Being Mute"]]
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples, also projecting * TooAwesomeToUse: One gets the impression [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20041030.html Fire Shards]] were this, at the ''beginning'' of the game.
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * TookAShortcut: [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0398.html How the NPCs get there first.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: Dirlend, an evil bard, learns to play [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0357.html Heavy Metal music]] and is no longer [[SquishyWizard Squishy]].
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * TotalPartyKill: {{Save Point}}s make these little more than an [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0371.html inconvenience]].
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * TrapDoor
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * TrapIsTheOnlyOption: "If it's a trap then it's a plot point and we '''have''' to follow the plot."
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * TrippyFinaleSyndrome
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * {{Troperiffic}}
* TraumaInn: [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0379.html "Just sleep it off, you'll be fine."]]
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * TwoGamersOnACouch: Parodied in [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20030401.html this strip]].
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * UltimateBlacksmith: The TropeNamer is [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20041014.html this strip]].
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * UndergroundMonkey
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * UnexpectedGenreChange
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * UnexplainedRecovery: [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0049.html Leaving the party is always temporary.]]
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * UniversalPoison
* UnknownRival: Khrima is annoyed that Eternion seems to be taking over the role of BigBad. Eternion, for his part, considers Khrima a mere [[PunyEarthling puny mortal]] of no particular consequence.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * UnsoundEffect
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * UnusualEuphemism: "Spoony" and its variants.
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * UselessUsefulSpell: [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0167.html De-Lificate]]
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * VerbalTic: Chookie.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * VideoGameGeography: [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0345.html "The world is not round."]]
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * VideoGameStealing: [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20020419.html Lampshaded.]]
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * VillainBall
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * VillainsOutShopping
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * WalkingTheEarth
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * {{Wangst}}: [[invoked]] [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20030206.html Subverted.]]
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * WeaksauceWeakness: [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20050611.html Getting hit on the head with a piano.]]
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * WeaponOfMassDestruction
* WebcomicTime: the final battle lasts ''a year and a half''.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * WelcomeToCorneria
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * WellIntentionedExtremist: Argent, apparently.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Argent. [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0255.html Ardam immediately guesses he's evil upon seeing him.]]
-->'''Argent:''' What!? You think a guy can't have silver hair and gold trimmed black armor without being evil?
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * WhiteMagicianGirl: Lumi.
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * AWizardDidIt: [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/20060707.html That's right. Magic.]]
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * WorthyOpponent
* WrapAround: On the world map, a scientist discovers that you teleport to the south side of the world when you go past the northern boundaries.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * WreckedWeapon: Happens to Gildward once.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Ardam expects the RPGMechanicsVerse to behave like the real world.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * YouALLLookFamiliar
* YouCantFightFate: [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0296.html The characters follow the plot, because that's what you do in an RPG.]]
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * YouHaveFailedMe
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * YouMeddlingKids: Given a ShoutOut [[http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0181.html here]].
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