[[http://www.accurseddragon.com Accursed Dragon]] is a fantasy comic created by Ryan Smith that began on October 5th, 2009. The story is set in a realm engulfed in a century-long war between the Parliament and Seditionists. Far from the main battle, a small town is saved by a hero who is revealed to be a man saying he must perform good deeds to remove a curse that turned him half dragon. This is where the comic begins.

Spoilers follow here. It's worth reading the comic first before reading the rest.



The cast of characters include:

* '''Coven''', cursed 125 years prior to the events in the comics, wanders the continent trying to accumulate the good needs required for the curse to be broken. He's not very good at it.
* '''Rawn Daphne Braden''', a charming young woman with amateur magical powers. Filled with the spirit of helping others, Rawn accompanies Coven on his quest.
* '''Servant of Magicka''', a phantom-like ally who materializes when a friend beckons. Servant is an inquisitive being whose powers include shape shifting, mind reading and phasing through solid objects.
* '''Wizard''', the initial antagonist of Coven and Rawn. Wizard is a selfish, misogynistic creep who is only happy when getting what he wants. Magic is his primary passion and he is adept in its many forms. Wizard's origin and full name, his first name is revealed once to Rawn as [[spoiler:Ralf]] have not been revealed, so everyone addresses him by this title (except Humpbrett, who refers to Wizard as "master").
* '''Humpbrett''' is the diminutive assistant to Wizard. Unlike his master, Humpbrett is generally kind and helpful to others. His loyalty lies exclusively with Wizard, however. Humpbrett loves cats.
* '''Sansregret''' once acted as a lieutenant in the Corvus army until joining team Wizard. She is very malicious, conceited and seems to get along perfectly with her new partner. Sansregret has no memories of her past, thanks to Lord Dudgeon, but has access to a powerful arsenal of spells from the magic helmet she summons.
* '''Wylla''' was a singer in a town called Sunrose until discovering Coven during a mission. Determined to write the empire's next hit song, she follows the dragon to record his exploits. Her pushiness makes it difficult for others to like her.
* '''other characters who appear:'''
** '''Romyn Braden''', Rawn's older brother who fought in the Battle of Vangarde and lost his arm to a golem.
** '''Lord Dudgeon''' is the acting Lord of War of Corvus (formally the Eastern Province) who spearheaded the war against the Parliament.
** '''Doctor Sharpe''' acted as the town doctor in Elgin (Rawn's home town) and now teaches at the Lavenham University. Doctor Sharpe considers Rawn family and acts as her mentor.
** '''Damskov''' is another of Lord Dudgeon's lieutenants. He is a master strategist and is famous for the helmet he forever wears.
** '''Lalancette Danton''', also known as Earl Danton, or Lance. As his father, the Duke of Castle Morden, engages in affairs with the Parliament, Lalancette rules over Castle Morden and safeguards the Southern Province from Seditionists.
** '''Scarrow''', the ranger who does whatever you need for the right price.
** '''Doctor Sian''' is a professor at Lavenham University who specializes in the human psyche.
** '''Samuels''' acts as Chief of Security in the city of Lavenham and is good friends with Lalancette Danton.
** '''The Governor''' keeps the city of Lavenham under strict Parliament rule, with very little tolerance for anyone magically gifted.
** '''Noella''' maintains Manastyr Manor and dutifully serves Miss Helaine. She happily welcomes any guest in need.
** '''Pidherny Sophasath''' is an enigmatic elder who seems to know much more of what's happening in the realm than anyone else.
** '''Vilhelm Figgens''' appears to be a younger version of Pidherny Sophasath, except this time he's a wandering minstrel.

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!! Accursed Dragon contains examples of:
* ActionGirl: Wylla and Rawn.
* AnimalEyeSpy: The Tiger Eye allows its user to see from the perspective of anything depicting a tiger.
* AnimalSuperheroes: Coven has shown examples of regeneration/quick healing, physical endurance, tolerance to poisons and is an animal...
* AnimateDead: It's commented that Lord Dudgeon has a unique gift to animate the dead. This comment is validated when it's revealed a golem's body is nothing but animated corpses.
* ArtEvolution: Definite improvement of character designs, and details are added more and more, as the comics progress.
* BeastMan: Coven.
* BigBad: It was foreshadowed near the very beginning that Lord Dudgeon was the malevolent force behind everything bad in this world, but hints are popping up that something worse is lurking behind the scenes.
** BiggerBad: [[spoiler:Despond, the malevolent presence in Wizard's pyramid.]]
* BigBadWannabe: Wizard sure delights in causing mayhem when trying to get what he wants, but his plots just don't work out very well.
* BirdsOfAFeather: Sansregret and Wizard bounce off each other almost too well.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: "Take them to...[[http://www.accurseddragon.com/index.php?date=2010-02-22 the]] [[http://www.accurseddragon.com/index.php?date=2010-03-17 bath]]!"
* CurseCutShort: Quick! [[http://www.accurseddragon.com/index.php?date=2009-04-06 Cover the kitty's ears!]]
* CursedWithAwesome: Coven, for not doing any good deeds nearly 100 years ago, was turned into a ''dragon''. Of course living a life where a city you just saved went out of its way to drive you out in fear of what you are can make this BlessedWithSuck just as easily. [[spoiler:Despond suggests that it ''isn't'' a curse, that Coven made a contract that resulted in his transformation.]]
* EldritchAbomination: Despond
* EldritchLocation: Wizard summoned the Onyx Pyramid, from where Despond originated from we can only assume, but it was conveniently invisible. Upon becoming visible it's obvious this pyramid (which is sentient and named Sylence) is an enemy of humanity.
* EmbarrassingButEmpoweringOutfit: Actually, it's [[http://accurseddragon.com/index.php?date=2008-12-01 the way that Wizard's flight spell has to use his hat]] that's embarrassing, but same effect.
* EmbarrassingFirstName: Lalancette. Wizard [[http://www.accurseddragon.com/index.php?date=2010-05-05 mocks him]] for it to make Lalancette [[ItMakesSenseInContext obsessed with proving his manliness]].
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep, err Wizard that is.
* EvilLaugh: Lord Dudgeon does it [[http://www.accurseddragon.com/index.php?date=2012-04-10 and it's very creepy!]]
* EvilMakeover: When Wizard uses a spell from his book on Sansregret, she almost becomes a brand new woman.
* {{Flight}}: When activated, Wizard's cap inflates like a hot air balloon.
* {{Foil}}:
** Coven and Wylla
** Wizard and Humpbrett
* EyeScream: Bad news for anyone who becomes a Lieutenant for Lord Dudgeon. Both Sansregret and Damskov have their eyes stabbed.
* ForScience: Doctor Sharpe is seen holding a turtle over a candle to see if it sweats. Why? [[http://www.accurseddragon.com/index.php?date=2011-02-10 "Science, my dear. SCIENCE!"]]
* GenuineHumanHide: Rawn attempts to turn Coven human again with magic, but it only affects his shirt, [[{{Squick}} turning it into human skin.]]
* GetARoom: A non-romantic example; Wizard shouts this to Lalancette and Coven as the latter two wrestle in a [[http://www.accurseddragon.com/index.php?date=2010-05-06 cemetery]].
* IHaveNoIdeaWhatImDoing: Sansregret says something along those lines [[http://www.accurseddragon.com/index.php?date=2012-11-13 here.]]
* ImagineSpot: Lalancette gets one when Coven says that Rawn can make him a sword [[http://www.accurseddragon.com/index.php?date=2010-04-05 out of wood]].
* KickTheDog: [[http://www.accurseddragon.com/index.php?date=2011-08-02 This is how you know Scarrow isn't nice!]]
* MeaningfulName: Sansregret. ("Sans" means "without.")
* MoodWhiplash: Oh so much. It can be hilarious or startling.
* MrFanservice: For someone who's supposed to be a hideous monster, Coven has a lot of shirtless and bathing scenes.
* NamedWeapons:
** Ravaging Blade
** Helmet of Harrow
* NoIndoorVoice: The Servant of Magicka.
* PaperThinDisguise: Wizard as The Inspector.
* PermaStubble: [[spoiler:Coven, once he is capable of growing facial hair. It eventually becomes a proper beard.]]
* PsychologicalTormentZone: Manastyr Manor
** Onyx Pyramid
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Time Kitty
* RuleOfThree: [[http://www.accurseddragon.com/index.php?date=2010-03-04 Squeak]] [[http://www.accurseddragon.com/index.php?date=2010-03-08 squeak]] [[http://www.accurseddragon.com/index.php?date=2010-03-09 squeak]].
* RunningGag: Time Kitty meows out the current hour when someone mentions the word "time" around him.
* SealedEvilInACan: Despond
** Mortlock, a minion of Despond, also emerged from imprisonment only to be immediately sealed up again in a tomb.
* ShirtlessScene: Coven has a lot of them.
** Lalancette also has one when he [[http://www.accurseddragon.com/index.php?date=2010-05-05 tears off his shirt in a fit of rage.]]
* ShoutOut:
** On [[http://www.accurseddragon.com/index.php?date=2010-04-01 April 1st, 2010]] an Accursed Dragon comic was put up featuring many webcomic cameos.
** A painting of Hanna (from [[http://www.octopuspie.com/ Octopus Pie]]) in a princess outfit.
** Young Kate Beaton (from [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/ Hark A Vagrant]]) and her fat pony.
* SlapSlapKiss: Demonstrated in [[http://www.accurseddragon.com/index.php?date=2012-09-12 these]] [[http://www.accurseddragon.com/index.php?date=2012-09-13 two]] panels.
* [[spoiler:SplitPersonality: Dr. Sian and Scarrow.]]
* TheFaceless: The Bride
* TheHeart: Rawn
* ThemedAliases: Coven tends to [[SignificantAnagram anagram]] the names of the [[LineOfSightName towns he's in]] to use as aliases.
* [[spoiler:TimeSkip: When we next meet Coven after Lavenham, he's travelling alone and has become more human. Rawn's disappeared, in hiding from the Parliamentarians.]]
* TimeStandsStill: Time Kitty's secret ability, which is exploited by Humpbrett.
* TransformationComic: Time Kitty came into being from a rather ornate looking clock after Wizard tested a spell from his newly acquired Book of Magicka.
** Not to mention that Coven was transformed into a dragon, and Humpbrett is implied to have been transformed into a human.
* UnsoundEffect: Originally, the comic used close-to-sound effects, like smash and snort, but later, unsound effects became more of the norm. Fans and tropers, please add some favorites.
* VancianMagic: How Wizard's spell book works. Each spell can only be used once, and then disappears forever.
* VillainousCrush: Sansregret has the hots for Coven. Coven gets semi-swept up for a moment in the heat of battle but still hates her.
* WardrobeMalfunction: After discovering Rawn can use magic, Coven orders her to cast a levitation spell on him. She accidentally casts it on [[http://www.accurseddragon.com/index.php?date=2008-10-14 his clothes]] instead.
* WasOnceAMan: Coven.
* WeCanRuleTogether: Damskov proposed this idea to Lalancette Danton near the end of the siege of Lavenham.
* WeirdnessMagnet: [[spoiler:Coven is a magnet for the magical and otherworldly.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist:
** Lalancette Danton (on his father's orders) [[spoiler:basically opened the gates for the invading Corvus army to take over the Southern Province. His reasoning was he'd end the century long war and bring a new age of peace by helping Lord Dudgeon achieve his victory for Corvus (the Eastern Province).]]
** Lord Dudgeon [[spoiler:may have brought about this war in the first place in an attempt to thwart an entirely separate, baleful entity.]]
* [[spoiler:YouCantFightFate: Deacon / Lord Dudgeon has lived through the same century four times, trying to prevent the rise of Despond and failing each time. No matter how Deacon / Dudgeon changes history, though, Despond ''will'' rise in some form.]]
* YouWereTryingTooHard: The Ritske riddle found by Rawn, Coven and Lalancette inside an empty coffin.