''Arthur, King of Time and Space'' is a humour {{webcomic}} by Paul Gadzikowski. It retells the story of KingArthur, in real time (with occasional timeskips) in several time periods. It ran from 2004 to 2014.

When Arthur took the sword from the stone, history itself was altered. Now Arthur exists in several realities simultaneously. The main arcs are the "baseline" or "fairytale" arc (AnachronismStew 5th century, based closely on Malory and [[Literature/TheOnceAndFutureKing T.H. White]]); the "space" arc (ALongTimeAgoInAGalaxyFarFarAway, with Arthur as king of British Space, and ''Excalibur'' as his CoolShip); and the "modern" arc (in which Arthur started as an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent, before learning he had inherited a controlling share in Excalicorp).

The main storyline in all three main settings is the LoveTriangle between Arthur, Guenevere and Lancelot. Secondary arcs include the "[[TheWestern Western]]" arc (Arthur as sheriff), the "''Series/{{Mash}}''" arc (Arthur as Hawkeye Pierce), the [[TheParody movie parody]] arc (Arthur as various film characters) and others.

Was on sabbatical for six months in 2009, and replaced with ''Arthur King of Time and Space 2.0''. This returns to Gadzikowski's earlier ''King Arthur In Time And Space'' concept, in which the comic is crossover fanfiction between two fictional TV series, one about the space-faring Arthur (and very similar to ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]]'') and one about the time-travelling Merlin (and very similar to ''Series/DoctorWho''). A second sabbatical began in June 2011, with the strip being replaced by sketches and concluded in December, the strip resuming after a TimeSkip to Arthur being 35.

The strip ended on 6 January 2014, owing to real life pressures, after one last timeskip to wrap up the storylines.

Became the TropeNamer for PanickyExpectantFather after the NewsPost pointed out we didn't have it.

It can be found [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/ here]].

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!!''Arthur, King of Time and Space'' provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: Guenevere and Tristram in the space arc.
* ActuallyThatsMyAssistant: In the space arc, the first time Guinevere meets Arthur and Lancelot, she assumes Lancelot is the king.
* AnimatedActors: In the plain background no-fourth-wall strips the characters are aware of their status as both in a webcomic and as public domain figures, often using this to [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/1088.htm point out the plot holes]] and [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/2271.htm getting called away to star in another comic]]. Since the background is green, these are called [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/3013.htm the green room]].
* ArtEvolution: In 2012, after considering using the triangle format permenantly, Paul [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/2924.htm developed a lineless version of the regular art style]].
** In-universe, Arthur's ''Shapes'' goes from "all characters are different shapes" to "all characters are circles" to "all characters are triangles, just like ''Webcomic/TheHeroOfThreeFaces''".
* AuthorCatchPhrase: "Can't beat the classics."
* BaitAndSwitch: [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/0437.htm Here.]]
* BettyAndVeronica: Guenevere and Morgan early in the space arc.
* BizarreAlienSenses: Fairies and Olympians can see ultraviolet.
* BookEnds: The [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/0001.htm first]] and [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/3518.htm last]] strips both have Arthur's situation being explained to him by magic users in four time periods simultaneously; the baseline, space, and western arcs, and a fourth arc where what they're saying is LostInTransmission.
** except that in the last strip, the last panel is a straight transliteration of English letters into their nearest Greek equivalents of a three word sentence which should be very familiar to readers of this strip, i.e. [[spoiler: "Thanks for reading"]].
* BornLucky: Lancelot has God's favor, and as a consequence will inevitably win any contest he enters. This extends not only to contests of skill, but to games of chance -- Western arc Lancelot does very well at cards -- and even bets on events that no human being could influence: Arthur once cured his sea-sickness by betting him he'd be stuck with it for the rest of the voyage.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Many, many examples, usually indicated by characters being against the blank website background; literally "outside" the regular strip. (A brief sequence in the Lancelot-goes-mad-and-ends-up-at-Carbonek storyline had the court of Carbonek breaking the fourth wall "in continuity".)
** And [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/3115.htm again at Carbonek]] when Percivale, Galahad, and Bors visit. King Pelles starts talking about the cultural (and pop cultural) influence of the Grail Quest stories down the centuries, leaving Bors to remark, "I'd forgotten how free with the fourth wall it can get at Castle Carbonek."
* CattlePunk: The Western arc
* CloningBlues: The False Guenevere in the space arc.
* ComicBookTime: Sort of inverted; the characters have aged during the {{Time Skip}}s, but the contemporary arc is still contemporary, meaning, for example, that Merlin's meetings with UsefulNotes/BarackObama were first shifted to Arthur, and now presumably didn't happen at all, since the President is the right-wing Lucius Roman.
* CoolShip: The ''Excalibur'' in the space arc
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Morguase in the modern arc has elements of this trope. Arthur himself is an inversion (somewhat {{anvilicious}}ly so).
* DistantFinale: Essentially, the last week of strips, which jumps forward to the end of the story in order to wrap everything up.
* EvilTwin: The False Guenevere/Fasha.
* TheFairFolk: Morgan's faerie allies in the baseline and space arcs.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In one contemporary arc strip when Arthur is still in high school, there's [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/0542.htm a discussion]] as to whether a "an ancient warlord [who] lived today instead of a thousand years ago" would become a politician or run a corporation. [[spoiler: Contemporary Arthur goes on to become both]].
** Every mention of Excalicorp before Contemporary Arthur learns his destiny.
* FullyAbsorbedFinale: The finale of the space arc was compressed into a single-panel summary due to real-life pressures, but was later told in more detail in [[http://arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/3faces/abls.htm an instalment]] of ''Webcomic/TheHeroOfThreeFaces''.
* GenderFlip: Various knights become Dames in the space arc, most notably Tristam, who was also Gender Flipped in the modern arc.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Arthur and Lancelot. Lancelot ''thought'' he and [[StraightGay Galehaut]] were this.
* HeroesWantRedHeads: Guenevere!
* IgnoringBySinging: A running gag in early strips was Arthur doing this every time Merlin started predicting things he didn't want to hear.
* IncurableCoughOfDeath: The False Guenevere's sickness in the space and baseline arcs. In the space arc it's [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/2496.htm clone deterioration]], in the baseline it's [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/2495.htm punishment from God]], and in both it's [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/2517.htm exacerbated by her use of magic to keep Arthur on her side]].
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/2910.htm "Well, duh. He's Galahad."]]
* IntercontinuityCrossover: Two weeks of [[FakeCrossover non-canon]] crossovers with other webcomics:
** [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/3362.htm Arthur and Davan]] (''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'')
** [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/3363.htm Mordred and The Boss]] (''Webcomic/HelpDesk'')
** [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/3364.htm Lancelot and the panda]] (''Webcomic/{{PvP}}'')
** [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/3365.htm Galahad and Historic Jesus]] (''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'')
** [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/3366.htm Bedivere and Claire]] (''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'')
** [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/3367.htm Arthur and Black Hat Man]] (''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'')
** [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/3368.htm Guenevere and Ellen]] (''Webcomic/LeftoverSoup'' - and a reference to [[http://leftoversoup.com/archive.php?num=256 a Guenevere cameo]], so possibly the only one that isn't a FakeCrossover)
** [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/3369.htm Arthur and Sweetheart]] (''Webcomic/SkinHorse'')
** [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/3370.htm Guenevere, Jamie and Hazel]] (''Webcomic/GirlsWithSlingshots'')
** [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/3371.htm Arthur and Mona]] (''Webcomic/CestLaVie'')
** [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/3372.htm Lancelot and Gronk]] (''Webcomic/{{Gronk}}'')
** [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/3373.htm Arthur and Nimona]] (''Webcomic/{{Nimona}}'')
** [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/3374.htm Arthur and Jenny Everywhere]] (''JennyEverywhere'')
* ItWasHisSled: In-Universe example. Nimue spoils ''Film/CitizenKane'' for Guenevere in [[http://arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/2021.htm Arthur's webcomic]] by invoking this trope. Almost by name, even!
* LaserBlade: In the space arc.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: No one's really hiding how the baseline arc is going to end. As they themselves have said, the story's over 500 years old, so the expiration date on those spoilers have passed.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: {{Lampshaded}} [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/2120.htm here]].
* LostInTransmission: In [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/0001.htm the very first strip]], when Merlin is explaining the premise.
** [[BookEnds Book ended]] by [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/3518.htm the very last strip]].
* LoveDodecahedron
* MadScientist: Morgan in the Western and Space arcs and Elaine of Carbonek in the Western arc. (In the Space and Baseline arcs Elaine is a "Mad Theologian". In the contemporary arc she's only a character in Arthur's own webcomic.)
* MegaCorp: [=Excalicorp=] in the contemporary arc. The strip doesn't directly state how big it is, but if you pay attention you'll notice that everything from computers to cars has a sword-in-the-stone logo.
* MissedHimByThatMuch: At one point, Lancelot and Galehaut do this for several strips.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Arthur's webcomic [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/0938.htm gets picked up]] by "Jose Macho" of "Today Fables" (Joey Manley of Modern Tales), with a {{Lampshade}} in TheRant. [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/0946.htm A few strips later]], Morgan gets a starring role in a [[Creator/CliveBarker Clive]] [[Creator/WesCraven Craven]] film.
* NoPaperFuture: The space arc
* NotAMorningPerson: Arthur, who couldn't stay awake for his son's birth in the contemporary arc, and once spent a battle with {{Space Pirate}}s in the space arc muttering "I don't want to get up." Also Morguase, by contrast with her son Gawaine.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted with the Elaines; Isolde and Isuelt are given different spellings
* OnlyTheChosenMayWield: the Sword in the Stone
** Also, holy relics may only be used by devout Christians. In the case of the Grail, the definition of "devout" seems to be restrictive enough that it basically just means Galahad.
* {{OT3}}: [[invoked]] Arthur/Guenevere/Lancelot, in FlashForward strips in the Space Arc. Mentioned and {{ship tease}}d several times in various other contexts as well.
* OurFairiesAreDifferent: The fey Morgan works with are [[SnarkyNonhumanSidekick Effex, a ball of fur with legs, and Aihok, a small, white, blobby humanoid]]. In the contemporary arc they're fictional aliens: the main characters in Merlin's [[spoiler:(now Nimue's)]] webcomic (and have crossed over to Arthur's).
* OurPresidentsAreDifferent: In the current contemporary arc storyline, Lucius Roman is President Scheming. [[spoiler: Arthur]] looks set to be President Personable.
* PercussiveMaintenance: [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/2293.htm Guenevere does this]] to an alien device (the '''frame''' after Arthur says "we'd better tread softly, people") in the space arc.
* ParodyMagicSpell: The Language of Magic is English written with Greek letters. If you go to the trouble of translating them, the spells are famous quotes, often from children's literature (the chant to get more power for the Excalibur's engines is "I know I can, I know I can...")
* PerspectiveReversal: There's a space-arc strip that starts with Lancelot claiming that God made the universe to be perfect as it is, and Guenevere countering that change is good, because it's how things progress. Arthur tells Merlin he wishes they could see things from each others' perspective. The next panel has Lancelot saying that if a certain species is dying it's God's will, and Guenevere responding that on the contrary, things have to be preserved.
* PowerTrio: Arthur, Guenevere and Lancelot
* RebelliousPrincess: Guenevere
* RetCon: In the modern arc, Lancelot used to be Lancelot Benwick, following the pattern that knights who were "of" somewhere in the baseline arc had that as a surname in the modern setting. More recently his surname is Du Lac (because, c'mon, he's Lancelot Du Lac) and Benwick is his home town. More obviously, Bedivere suddenly stopped being female in the space and modern arcs, in order to have a male gay couple. (This has since been further retconned; the earlier strips in which Bedivere was female are still canon, but he's male ''now''.)
** Paul Gadzikowski's attitude to continuity is probably summed up [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/0285.htm here]].
* ReusedCharacterDesign: Several character designs are recycled from Gadzikowski's earlier fanfiction comics. Arthur is [[Series/StarTrek Kirk]] with a beard and without a toupee, Lancelot is Spock as a human, and Guinevere's father is [=McCoy=]. Merlin is [[Series/DoctorWho the First Doctor]] with a WizardBeard. Galahad is [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Superman]]. The irreverend Sir Dinadan is based on [[Series/{{Mash}} Hawkeye Pierce]].
* RoleCalled
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething
* ShamelessFanserviceGirl: Modern!Guenevere, in a rare "realistic display of nudism" and not "[[NakedPeopleAreFunny heh, nekkid girl]]" example. She knows about the nudity taboo but genuinely doesn't share it. In an early strip she tries to explain this to modern!Arthur in matter of fact terms, but [[ThereAreNoGirlsOnTheInternet he doesn't believe her]] -- leading the "camera" to pan over to her computer to show that yes, [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/0018.htm she was actually using the computer in the nude.]]
* ShoutOut: Many of the secondary characters are based on other comic characters, most notable Elaine of Carbonek, who is [[{{Narbonic}} Helen Narbon]]. (Also, a group of Roman diplomats were based on the actors who've portrayed [[Series/DoctorWho the Doctor]]).
** Merlin's spells are often lines from classic children's literature in {{Wingdinglish}}.
** His insane babble when trapped in the crystal cave resembles that of Literature/SherlockHolmes in "The Adventure of the Dying Detective".
** In [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/2808.htm one strip]] Space!Arthur asks Merlin if there's any other groups of people going through the whole "same adventures in different time periods" thing. Behind them [[Series/{{Sherlock}} Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock]] is demonstrating the SherlockScan to [[Series/TheReturnOfSherlockHolmes Edward Hardwicke's Watson]].
** In [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/2890.htm one of Arthur's press conferences]], three unseen journalists are named [[{{Superman}} Clark]], [[{{Spider-Man}} Peter]], and [[Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles April]]. And the account of his first meeting with Clark is a CallBack to the Webcomic Hurricane Relief Telethon, where he is indeed [[http://webcomictelethon.com/d/1003.html that Clark]].
** In [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/2293.htm this]] strip, Elaine's line about "grey. Pinkish grey" is interesting, because while it's totally appropriate for a character based on Helen Narbon, it's also a quote from the Fifth Doctor in "Castrovalva".
* ShowWithinAShow: Both Arthur and Merlin create their own webcomics in the modern arc.
* SignatureLine: "The problems in this world are not caused by those who love. They're caused by those who hate." Not used often enough to be a CatchPhrase, but the line that sums up Arthur's philosophy.
* SirVerbaLot: {{Invoked|Trope}}:
-->'''Lancelot''': My mother wanted me to join the priesthood.
-->'''Arthur''': Then she ought to have named you Praysalot.
* StalkerWithATestTube: Elaine
* TakeOffYourClothes: [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/2006.htm This strip]].
** Also a brief arc in the modern timeline, where Guenevere and her family are nudists. Arthur, Lancelot, and Tristram visit Guenevere while on vacation, and Gwen invites them to nude it up. Guenevere snaps at Lancelot for trying to apologize when he doesn't feel comfortable taking off his trunks-she's too open-minded to brook any notion of feeling bad about your own comfort level.
* TalkingTheMonsterToDeath: When Morgana summons a demon to keep the heroes occupied, Arthur talks about how he's free to think for himself and that there are alternatives to violence and mayhem. [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/1691.htm Everyone is surprised when this works]].
* TeacherStudentRomance This is the backstory to Merlin and Morgan in the contemporary arc, as described [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/0097.htm here]]. And when Morgan becomes a teacher at the school herself, Arthur is [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/0371.htm attracted to her]], but it's [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/0213.htm not mutual]]. (Merlin and Morgan may or may not also have had a relationship in the space arc [where she was his apprentice], but that's [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/0026.htm kind of expected]], and [[MerlinAndNimue its own trope]])
* ThereAreNoGirlsOnTheInternet: Everyone, including the readers, assumed modern!Tristram was male.
** This had less to do with this trope and more to do with some of the conversations they had about a girl (modern!Isolde); Tristram's chivalrous talk led the others to think "male" instead of "lesbian".
* ThereWasADoor: After Lancelot and Guinevere get into an argument, she tells him to go away immediately. He then hops out a window, causing her to say, "I didn't mean you couldn't use the door!"
* TimeSkip: Although the sabbatical didn't actually last two and a half years, as intended, it still picks up the story two and a half years later. The second sabbatical lasted till December 2011, picked up the story nine years later, and was preceded by a one year timeskip to wrap up some plot threads.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/2516.htm Arthur and cheese, Guenevere and chocolate, Gawaine and alcohol.]]
* UniversalAdaptorCast
* TheWestern: The Western arc
* WhamEpisode: The last strip before it went on sabbatical. The last ''week'' of strips before the second sabbatical. [[http://arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/2904.htm Strip 2904]] certainly seemed to be one for Lancelot. (The triangle art may make it a little confusing at first for readers, and reduce the impact.)
* WorldOfPun: The strip as a whole, but Arthur in particular. Lampshaded [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/2540.htm here]].
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