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''Bruno the Bandit'' is a [[WebcomicsLongRunners long-running]] fantasy WebComic started in July 1998 by Canadian cartoonist Ian [=McDonald=]. Most of its humor comes from being set in a standard medieval fantasy world, but with computers, TV home shopping and vacuum cleaners. The rest comes from the protagonist Bruno Bunkleyutz (a strong but somewhat dim bandit), his smart sidekick (Fiona the micro-dragon) and his wacky family: Eunyce, his former warrior hottie ActionMom; Ambrose, his [[StealthPun one-armed bandit]] father, and Elysia / Ella, his girlfriend, a fame vampire.

The comic enjoyed noticeable success for over a decade until October 2009, when the author burned out and [[OrphanedSeries abruptly dropped it in the middle of a storyline]]. Since then, Ian has been noncommittal on when or even ''if'' the comic will ever come back.

The site is [[http://www.brunothebandit.com here]]. Before, it was hosted on KeenSpot.
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!!Provides examples of:

* ActionMom: Eunyce.
* AdiposeRex: King Xerxes.
* AffablyEvil: Recurring antagonist Numth'Kul, an ancient demonic spirit imprisoned a thousand years ago in a magical jewelry box by Bruno's ancestor Milo the Mailman. He has designs on world domination, but despite this, acts surprisingly genial and is more like LaughablyEvil than actually evil. Also, [[HiddenDepths he's a great bartender.]]
* AffectionateParody: on ConanTheBarbarian, Creator/HPLovecraft's {{Cosmic Horror Stor|y}}ies, and so on
* AllJustADream
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: [[http://www.brunothebandit.com/d/20040908.html Supermodels, apparently.]]
* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParent: Shub for Croatan. Originally, Shub wanted to name him "Ernie".
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Cindy Megawrath
* TheAntichrist: Has an equivalent, the son of Xubuxx, who's noone else but [[spoiler:Carlin! And he's still good!]]
* AntiAntichrist: [[spoiler: Carlin is actually this, being a devout follower of Ailix despite being the son of the local version of Satan. He saved his mothers soul on her deathbed, and has stated that he wishes to do the same for his father. Cant say the guy doesnt have ambitions.]]
* AttractiveBentGender
* AuthorGuestSpot
* AuthorTract: The later strips became Author Tracts on whatever Ian wants to complain about, to the exclusion of everything else.
* ArchEnemy: Bruno and Maledict, though they occasionally work together when the situation calls for it, but will always be ready to backstab eachother.
* BadGuyBar: The Belching Hydra, Bruno's favorite bar
* TheBartender: Otho of the Belching Hydra
* BigEater: King Xerxes
* BigWhat: Kind of a RunningGag, often varied, inevitably lampshaded and eventually toned down a bit.
* BodyHorror: This comic has it coming out of its nose. Noteable examples include the Ring Of Empathy-induced child labor pains Bruno is forced to undergo, and [[http://www.brunothebandit.com/d/20010223.html this strip, where Maledict attempts to absorb the powers of Shub Megawrath]]
* BrownNote: Valditch loses his eyesight from [[spoiler:seeing Xerxes and Xantippa have sex while hanging from a chandelier.]]
* BurgerFool: Archio's
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Bruno is stupid, lazy and arrogant, but has been pointed out several times as one of the best thieves in Rothland.
* BroughtDownToNormal: When a Fame Vampire is completely drained of their fame, they undergo a painful, traumatizing death and rebirth, literally rising from their own ashes as a normal human. They tend to lose their looks and grace, but most of them seem to handle the change pretty well, since the alternative for burnt out celebrities is becoming a Häzben, wretched creatures surviving on whatever scraps of fame they are able to scrounge up.
* ChewbaccaDefense: Fiona tries this, as Bruno's lawyer. Not exactly successfully.
* CompletelyMissingThePoint: Fiona, [[http://www.brunothebandit.com/d/19980831.html here]]
* CouldntFindAPen: In the ''TheDaVinciCode'' parody
* CorruptChurch: The Church of Ailix is shown to have become this, with the office of the Pope being nothing but a figurehead for the rich and influential church officials, and most of the church members being more interested in amassing wealth and power than following Ailix teachings. [[AuthorTract Subtle!]]
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: When the courts dont send Bruno to the stocks or the dungeons, theyre fond of giving him these, among other things he has been forced to clean Suna Main Street with his tongue twice and being forced to star in a series of Archio Burgers tv commercials as a Hamburglar-esque character.
* CourtroomAntic: By Fiona, when she has to defend Bruno. Judge Cicero isn't impressed.
* CrossDresser: [[http://www.brunothebandit.com/d/20020508.html Queen Xanthippa's body double]], of all people.
* CrossOver: Bruno and Fiona once appeared in a guest strip story for ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', and [=McDonald=] did the Sunday strips for a while.
* CrystalDragonJesus: Ailix, a philosopher said to have been the worldy incarnation of the Creator Of the Universe. The Church Of the Blessed Ailix is based on his teachings, though with debatable accuracy.
* CueTheFlyingPigs: The pigasi (yep, you read that right), literally
* CuteMonsterGirl: The medusa stand-in for Monica Lewinsky
* {{Doppelganger}}: The Döpplegangsters, [[http://www.brunothebandit.com/d/20060306.html here]]
* DumbMuscle: Bruno himself, though he did have a clever moment or two at times.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The local crime syndicate is obviously inpsired by newspaper comic syndicates (take most of the profits, won't let it's members try anything new and original, has the dead criminals be replaced by their childre, etc).
* DyingClue: Parodies the scene from ''TheDaVinciCode''.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Elysia the Fame Vampire is also the famous movie star [[LeonardoDiCaprio Capriardo DeLeono]]!
* EasterEgg: Read some of Maledict's spells backwards and find out!
* EatsBabies: Emperor Goldang, [[http://www.brunothebandit.com/d/20040712.html here]]
* EldritchAbomination: Parodies Creator/HPLovecraft's ones, with Shub-Megawrath, her sister Cindy and Archio, the fast-food demon. Also, the majority of Numth'Kuls friends are these.
* {{Emo}}: [[http://www.brunothebandit.com/d/19990503.html Sour Ron]]
* EmotionallyTongueTied: Secedriel, the leader of the elves, doesn't dare to say "separation". [[http://www.brunothebandit.com/w/19981221.html linky]]
* EngineeredPublicConfession: [[http://www.brunothebandit.com/d/19990203.html Happens]] [[http://www.brunothebandit.com/d/19990205.html twice]] in the Whistle Of Time arc, both times courtesy of Fiona.
* EverythingsDeaderWithZombies: [[http://www.brunothebandit.com/d/20010810.html You can even have them mow your lawn!]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: During his introduction arc, Numth'Kul was on the verge of succeeding in his bid for world domination, until the humans he was killing and his own demonic forces turned on him when they found out he was planning to sacrifice an adorable baby unicorn for a spell to blot out the sun.
* EvilChancellor: Valditch (at least occasionally)
* EvilEmpire: Hyperbolea, in the Good Guy arc
* EvilSorcerer: Maledict. [[spoiler: Numthkul when he was alive]]
* ExactWords: Used by Carlin when he [[spoiler:reveals that he's the son of Xubuxx, to destroy the heart of Ahriperson]]
* EyepatchOfPower: Tyler One-Eye
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: Bruno's schemes will almost inevitably backfire on him, through a combination of bad luck and his own stupidity and arrogance.
* FallGuy: The appropriately named Phallgaius.
* FamousAncestor: [[spoiler: Bruno's family tree includes quite a few shockers, being the grandson of Fame Vampire leader Nosferatinx through his mother, and a descendant of Ailix himself through his father]]
* FateWorseThanDeath: The Häzbens, especially the ones who used to be child stars
* FatBastard: The fame vampires Cumbakh and Nosferatinx, atleast until a union strike forced Nosferatinx to limit the amount of fame he could draw from his subjects, causing him to become increasingly skeletal.
* FlatEarthAtheist: Minor character Dibunquor is this, belonging to a group of skeptics who, despite living in a fantasy world full of magic, gods and monsters, have developed the ability to "rationally" explain everything around them according to science, to the point where their power of disbelief can erase supernatural creatures and items from existance.
* FluffyTheTerrible: The 1001 children of Shub Megawrath and Numth'Kull, adorable anthromorphic goat babies with incredibly potent eldritch powers.
* ForbiddenFruit: This is what makes TabletopGame/{{chess}} so popular in Suna City. [[spoiler:Until it was legalized.]]
* ForHalloweenIAmGoingAsMyself
* FreakyFridayFlip: Happens to Bruno and Fiona once
* GoodIsNotNice: Parodied in the Good Guy arc, which made fun of the ridiculous extremes in TheSwordOfTruth.
* GoldenMeanFallacy
* GrandTheftMe: Bruno almost suffers this in the story with Lady Decrepta.
* GroinAttack: The TV moderator likes to do them. [[http://www.brunothebandit.com/d/20020710.html But skeptics have balls of steel.]]
* GhostAmnesia: [[spoiler: Numth'Kul is actually the spirit of the ancient evil sorceror Ahriperson, who ruled a dark kingdom thousands of years ago, until said kingdom was destroyed in a magical accident intended to eradicate a population of barbarians who were contaminating the evil of the kingdom with bluegrass music. He lost all his memories in the ensuing cataclysm aside from his skull, his spirit and the name Numth'Kull, which was actually a wizard with a lisp calling him a "numbskull" moments before the spell backfired]]
* GuestStrip: Ian [=McDonald=], as mentioned above, used to do the "Meanwhile in the Dimension of Pain" strips for ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''.
* HellholePrison: Skullbreak
* HenpeckedHusband: King Xerxes
* HermitGuru: Carlin Nietzsche
* IHateYouVampireDad: [[spoiler: Eunyce is the daughter of the head of the Fame Vampires, Nosferatinx. Ever since she became an ordinary human, she's opposed him and his exploitation of his subjects. There just hasnt been much she could do until recently.]]
* IAmNotWeasel: Bruno always calls Fiona "lizard".
** She also takes offense to being called a "baby dragon", since micro-dragons are fully grown dragons, just small.
* IWasQuiteALooker: Eunyce, the former Warrior Hottiel. Same thing goes for Ambrose, who was as muscular and athletic as Bruno in his youth.
* LamePunReaction: "We toasted him!"
* LipstickLesbian: Cara the Cutpurse and Red Sonata, [[http://www.brunothebandit.com/d/20090601.html here]]
* LiteralMetaphor: the strip's full of these. See Jumping The Shark above for an example.
* LittleMissBadass: Bruno's daughter Delorus
* LongList: See [[http://www.brunothebandit.com/d/19980720.html the first strip]].
* LuxuryPrisonSuite: Coddlesworth
* MayDecemberRomance / GoldDigger: Bruno and Lady Decrepta
* MeaningfulName: Queen Xanthippa (still not on GodSaveUsFromTheQueen levels)
* MisterSeahorse: Close to. Thanks(?) to a magic ring, Bruno can feel the pain of a woman giving birth. [[spoiler: It's revealed to be AllJustADream.]]
** [[spoiler:The AllJustADream revealer in turn was itself all just a dream. Not long after Bruno is awakened from his daydreams of debauched rule and carnal excess, Ambrose makes a number of pointed comments about Bruno's pregnancy-escapade.]]
* MoneyDearBoy: While certainly not ''as'' bad as the usual example of this trope, Ian made it clear from early on that his ultimate goal was to make a living off of the comic, first from syndication and then TheMerch. A lack of success on both counts was a contributing factor to the strip's sudden cancellation.
* MonsterClown: Archio
* MotherOfAThousandYoung: Shub Megawrath of course, being a parody of the original Shub Niggurath
* MrAltDisney: A fame vampire named Valdyzny. Complete with ShoutOut to [[http://www.brunothebandit.com/d/20030926.html Mickey Mouse]].
* MuscleAngst: Bruno, when he sees the models for new armors.
* NobodyCallsMeChicken
* NoodleIncident: How Ambrose lost his arm, nothing is known other than that a young Bruno was somehow responsible. Of course, its Ambrose saying this, so he could just be shifting blame.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The villain of "Tito the Thief" is an obvious stand-in for Fred Phelps.
* NonHumanSidekick: Fiona
* NotSoAboveItAll: Fiona, despite being signifigantly smarter and somewhat more moral than her boss, can be just as greedy, selfish and petty as he is.
* OddlySmallOrganization: The Thieves' Guild.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Said micro-dragons, who're pretty intelligent.
** [[EatTheDog And good eating.]]
* OurGiantsAreBigger: Averted, they're not even twice as tall as humans, just much bulkier. They do however only have four fingers, unlike humans who have five.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: While Brunos world has regular vampires, there is a much more prevalent breed called Fame Vampires, who feed off the publics adoration and attention. Losing their status as celebrities is a death sentence, as this will lead to them either painfully dying and being reborn as normal humans, or being forced to subsist on any kind of fame or attention they can get as the miserable Häzbens.
* ThePlan: The blue bird of happiness likes to play various gambits with Bruno, but since the strip broke off, we may never learn what he really had planned.
* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad: Parodied [[http://www.brunothebandit.com/d/19990105.html here and in the following strips]]
* PunnyName: Clonin the [[strike:Barbarian]] Wilderness-Enhanced, Xanax the Warrior Princess, Numth'kul the demon, Headacheron his kingdom... [[http://www.brunothebandit.com/w/20020527.html In Num'thkul's case, there's an explanation for it.]]
* PuppetKing: King Xerxes has little real political power, with the majority of Rothland being ruled by the nobility. This causes problems when [[spoiler: Bruno usurps Xerxes and claims the throne for himself]]
* Really700YearsOld: Maledict is actually 800 years old, having been the court magician for the first king in Xerxes royal family.
* RoleCalled
* {{Satan}}: Called Xubuxx here.
* ScheduleSlip: In its later years, unfortunately more and more, before finally stopping altogether.
* SchizoTech
* SdrawkcabName: The countries Asuton and Adanacton. Also, read some of Maledict's spells backwards.
* SealedEvilInACan: Numth'kul in the snarebox
* SevenDeadlySins: A whole story arc starting [[http://www.brunothebandit.com/d/20030113.html here]]
* SheatheYourSword: When Num'thkul begs for a MercyKill. (This was really a BatmanGambit / ReversePsychology by Num'thkul, and Bruno falls for it.)
* ShoulderSizedDragon: Fiona
* ShoutOut: Many, to ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'', ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'', ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', ''ComicBook/TheSandman'', Creator/StephenKing, Creator/WaltDisney and so on (see also AffectionateParody, TakeThat). Also [[Creator/GeorgeCarlin Carlin]] [[Creator/FriedrichNietzsche Nietzsche]].
* SnakePeople: They're neither male nor female and insulted if you forget this.
* {{SORAS}}: Happens with Delorus, daughter of Ella and Bruno.
* SpannerInTheWorks: This role is traded around by the entire cast from story to story;
* SpikesOfVillainy: Featured in a fashion show, [[http://www.brunothebandit.com/d/19990216.html here]]
* SpiritAdvisor: Bruno's ancestor Milo
* SpitTake: Fiona [[http://www.brunothebandit.com/d/20040128.html here]]
* {{Sssssnaketalk}}: [[http://www.brunothebandit.com/d/19990105.html Here]]
* StrawFeminist: In one story, there's a group of them who seem to have made nagging a religion. [[http://www.brunothebandit.com/d/19981102.html Here.]]
* StrawmanPolitical
** In one case, quite literal.
* TakeThat: Radical atheists, comic syndicates, organized religion, ''TheDaVinciCode'', and ''SwordOfTruth'' (and Creator/AynRand), among others.
** The "Cat Burglar" storyline is a massive one to ''{{Garfield}}''.
* TheThingThatWouldNotLeave: "Uncle" Lucius.
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: Xerxes and Xantippa.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Any normal human who becomes a fame vampire, either by being a stage mom or a reality star, will become an enormous, egotistical jackass, at the expense of everyone else, including family and their own children.
* TropeName: [[http://www.brunothebandit.com/d/20000515.html Here]]
* ValleyGirl: The medusa intern and Cindy Megawrath have elements of this.
* VitrolicBestBuds: Bruno, Gort and Tyler One-Eye. Theyre friends and occasional allies, but will backstab eachother in a heartbeat if it means making it out with extra profit. Or a round of ale at the Belching Hydra. Or just for shits and giggles.
* VillainProtagonist: Albeit not a competent one.
* WalkOnWater: Ailix of course can do this, and his follower Carlin too.
* WallOfBlather: The opening narration.
* WeaksauceWeakness: [[http://www.brunothebandit.com/d/20020524.html Bluegrass music]] for the evil kingdom of Headacheron.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Micro-dragons have a whole resturant chain devoted to serving them as food, despite being able to talk.
* WhoShotJFK: Transposed to Bruno's fantasy world, becoming the question: [[http://www.brunothebandit.com/d/19981207.html Who shot King Xerxes...]] [[FelonyMisdemeanor with a pea-shooter?]]
* WimpFight: [[http://www.brunothebandit.com/d/20040924.html Bruno]], after [[ItMakesSenseInContext he gets hairdresser's fever.]]
* YourMindMakesItReal: The magical laws of the comics setting relies heavily on the people's perception of it. Sufficient disbelief will actually erase magical beings and items, and its stated in the Seven Sins arc that the local version of Satan was actually a minor demon "bumped up" by the early Church to serve as an antithesis to Ailix, which led to his power growing to become the Ultimate Evil by the time the comic takes place thanks to the new belief in him.
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