->'''Almond:''' Awesome! I've always wanted to fight a real monster.\\
'''Cucumber:''' ''[[NonActionGuy I haven't!]]''

Tomorrow's the first day of school at [[WizardingSchool Puffington's Academy for the Magically Gifted and/or Incredibly Wealthy]], and Cucumber's all packed up to move in. Before he can tuck into his last dinner at home, a letter arrives: Cucumber's father, Lord Cabbage, has been kidnapped and imprisoned by the henchmen of the evil Queen Cordelia, who plans to TakeOverTheWorld! Despite being meek and studious and having a little sister who ''[[BadassAdorable probably would do a better job]]'', saving the world is ''[[ItsUpToYou strictly]]'' the duty of Cucumber. Cucumber sneaks into the Caketown Castle dungeons to speak with his father, who tells him Cordelia's plan: [[GottaCatchEmAll to amass]] [[MacGuffin the Disaster Stones]] [[SealedEvilInACan and awaken the Nightmare Knight]]! Cabbage tells Cucumber to meet with the Dream Oracle, who will grant him the legendary Dream Sword, an invaluable weapon against the Nightmare Knight.

[[TheQuest And so begins Cucumber's quest]].

''Cucumber Quest'' is a webcomic by Gigi Digi of ''Webcomic/{{Hiimdaisy}}'' fame, and so far reads like a [[AffectionateParody snarky love-letter]] to classic SNES-era video games, presented with a ''VideoGame/PaperMario''-style sense of humor. It can be read [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/ here.]]

Has a slowly filling [[Characters/CucumberQuest character sheet]]. Put character-specific tropes there.

Now has its very own [[https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHACfIDFF66q8-3Bhs54XKHPB4m1wB5mj fan dub]], complete with [[http://plasterbrain.bandcamp.com/album/cucumber-quest-prologue soundtrack]].

In addition, there is a [[FanWork music album]] based on the comic in the works (made by the same person behind the ''Roleplay/RubyQuest'' album). It can be found [[http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKKwWJlsyS0OcHMV0tb5p5cOEZlUhBvu4 here]]

Also has a [[http://hellowinter.tumblr.com/post/65522578545/cucumber-ace-attorney-game fan game]] in the style of ''Franchise/AceAttorney''.

!!''Cucumber Quest'' demonstrates examples of:
* AccidentalMisnaming:
-->'''Dream Oracle:''' Listen, Zucchini--\\
'''Cucumber:''' ''Cucumber.''\\
'''Dream Oracle:''' Camembert, that's what I said.
* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler: Every Disaster Master's defeat so far has been rather hard on them. Splashmaster loses a game he can't stand a chance in, Noisemaster plain ''gives up'' after his weapon fails and doesn't even try, and Mutemaster decides to follow Noisemaster, since they're always together.]]
* AfterActionPatchup: [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/archive/chapter-0-bonus-3/ Parodied with Tomato.]]
* AllThereInTheManual: [[http://gigidigi.tumblr.com/ Gigi's Tumblr.]]
* AndThisIsFor:
-->'''Almond''': '''This''' is for sinking our boat! '''This''' is for kidnapping me! And '''this''' is for being a jerk! And this is... [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking for being bad at limbo]]?
* AprilFoolsDay:
** ''[[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/2012screencap.png Cuke or Die II: Cuke Harder]]''.
** The following year, not only was [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/b327.jpg everyone in the current strip]] and [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/baconquest.jpg the overhead banner]] altered into Bacon lookalikes, but [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/bacon/ all the portraits on the Characters page]] were redone and given new commentaries from Bacon's point of view.
** 2014 gave us ''[[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/banner.png Kukobu Quest]]'', the equivalent of the strip if it was done by a 14-year-old weeaboo girl (complete with painful in-text Unicode emoticons).[[note]]The comics and portraits are actually just [[SelfDeprecation early art from the very first draft she did as a teenager]].[[/note]] Once again, the [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/kukobu-quest-characters/ character profiles]] were redone to fit the new theme, and we got the [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/pg1.png first]] [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/pg2.png two]] pages and the [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/1title.png Chapter One title page]] done in the same style as well (although page 2 is incomplete).
-->"Welcome to Kukobu Quest, my new webmanga! n_n;; It follows the story of a boy named Kukobu who leaves his hometown of Cupcake to visit his father, only to learn that heís been captured by the evil Lady Cordelia, who plans to take over Doughnut Island, and soon all of the Dream Islands! (Oh noes!!!1 XD)\\
Kukobu learns that the only way (according to his father, whoís one pencil short of a Crayola pack in most cases, O_o) to stop Cordelia is to defeat her with a legendary sword. Kukobuís quest lands him in the forest in search of the sword, but just as he finds it, itís stolen by Satu, TEH MASTER THIEF wanted worldwide! And so the story actually begins. W007! XD\\
No critiques please!"
* ArtEvolution: Compare [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/cq/page-12/ page 12]] to [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/cq/page-264/ page 264]].
** Or the [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/profile-cards-set-1/ old profile cards]] to the [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/characters/ new ones.]]
* ArtShift:
** Cabbage's explanation of the background of the Nightmare Knight is accompanied by a shift to paper cutouts.
** A presumably less deliberate example: some stylistic elements like the crayon-style outlines are used inconsistently from page to page.
** The paper cutouts appear again in Princess Nautilus' explanation of the Disaster Masters.
* AstonishinglyAppropriateAppearance: A lot of the characters have some kind of character design element that is perfectly in line with their name. For example, Bacon's hair is wavy and greasy and looks like bacon while Peridot's is boxy and resembles green gemstone.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Despite their constant sibling squabbles, Almond and Cucumber's reunion during the battle with Splashmaster is genuinely adorable and heartwarming. Hugs and snuggles and relief all 'round!
* BandLand: The Melody Kingdom, sporting features such as a treble clef tower and a range of harp-shaped mountains.
* BeachEpisode: Starting in earnest [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/archive/page-264/ here]], with all present cast members morphed into swimsuits for the duration.
* BearsAreBadNews: A bear "attacks" Carrot when the baker sisters ask him to retrieve some special sugar. His name is Grizzlygum, and he has no teeth or claws.
* BearyFriendly: Turns out he's actually just doing his job as Gumdrop Forest's guardian (Guarding the Oracle's "private woods"). He doesn't like to hurt people, he was only going to give Carrot a stern talking-to, and is quite welcoming after finding out that Cuco is the legendary hero.
* BehindTheBlack: Somehow, the group failed to notice [[spoiler: the real Commander Caboodle BoundAndGagged in the corner of his spaceship]] in the Chapter 2 interlude.
* BeYourself: [[spoiler:[[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/cq/page-444/ Parodied in the most terrifying way]]. Showing your true colors may make some people like you, but it's in no way a guarantee that everyone will.]]
* BiggerStick: Cucumber becomes significantly more helpful in a scuffle upon gaining a better wand.
* BigNo:
** Cucumber delivers one as Sir Tomato brings his sword down on him.
** Carrot gets one when [[spoiler:Splashmaster takes and snaps his spear.]]
** All of the main characters (minus Nautilus) do so when it's revealed that [[spoiler:[[MadScientist Cosmo's]] driving the Sea Train.]]
** [[spoiler:Bacon when Tomato kicks him out of the squad.]]
** [[spoiler:Princess Piano when it looks like [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/cq/page-464/ Nautilus has been blasted by Noisemaster.]]]]
* BriarPatching: [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/archive/page-253/ Splashmaster falls for it beautifully.]]
* BloodlessCarnage: While fighting the Splashmaster, [[spoiler:Almond cuts off two of his tentacles, then slices his entire body in half]]. Instead of blood, there's an explosion of light and water.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: The Dream Oracle rushes through the end of Chapter 2 and cuts off the narration after a rather unsatisfying ending.
** In the [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/cq/page-64/ prologue]], Almond rushes to attack, exclaiming that "We haven't had a decent fight this whole chapter!"
* BrokeTheRatingScale:
** Cabbage's [[JerkAss Jerkface]] is at least 6 stars out of 5.
** The Splashmaster's Attack is also like Cabbage's [[JerkAss Jerkface]] stat.
** The Nightmare Knight's stats break the rating scale in [[UpToEleven EVERY category!]]
* ButThouMust: Everyone's response to Cucumber's attempts at RefusalOfTheCall
* CartoonBomb: [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/cq/page-328/ Put on the Sea Train by Cosmo]].
* CelestialDeadline: Every 5000 years. There doesn't seem to be any particular reason for it. That's just when it happens.
* ChekhovsGun:
** As it turns out, that [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/archive/page-235/ stupid bathtub plug spell]] actually [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/archive/page-274/ has a use]]. The look on Cucumber's face shows he doesn't quite believe it either.
** This is also the case with [[spoiler: Nautilus' spell that allows her to order a pizza from anywhere, but only if nobody is in the mood for pizza.]]
* {{Chiaroscuro}}: [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/cq/page-363/ The night view of the castle]]
* ColorCodedStones: The 8 Disaster Stones have each a color, symbol and element.
* CookingDuel: Princess Nautilus challenges the Splashmaster [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/cq/page-261/ to a limbo duel]].
-->'''Cucumber:''' Uh, Nautilus, I kind of think we have more important things to--\\
'''Nautilus:''' NO, CUCUMBER
* CosmicKeystone: The Disaster Stones, which, if all gathered, can be used to resurrect the Nightmare Knight.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: A recurring theme of the narrative - by living through ninety-nine iterations and defeats, the Nightmare Knight and his minions (apart from oafs like Splashmaster) have begun to learn from their past mistakes and anticipate their enemies' next moves, so the deck is now ''really'' stacked against our heroes.
* DeadpanSnarker: Gigi, ''constantly'' in her author notes. [[WorldOfSnark Also Peridot, Almond, what little we've seen of Saturday, the two cake ladies, Saturday's butler...]]
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The heroes run into some trouble trying to cross over Intermezzo Wall after their blimp is attacked by an odd haze that washes out the comic's color and prevents the contents of their speech bubbles from being seen, symbolizing that everything has suddenly fallen silent. [[spoiler:Later on we find out this is because of Mutemaster. His power is to freeze everything around him by turning them monochrome, and he uses it again against the heroes once Almond presses his BerserkButton.]]
* DevelopmentGag: The 2014 April Fools joke. That bad, weebish art was from Gigi's first concepts of the comic from way back when.
* DoubleStandard: Satirized with the whole "Little sisters can't be heroes!" subplot.
* DrowningPit: Splashmaster drags Nautilus and Carrot under the water, and even deflects the underwater breathing spell that Cucumber tries to cast on them to ensure that they drown.
* EdibleThemeNaming: Applies to every named character who lives in the Doughnut Kingdom, except for the Oracle. In a more specific example, Cordelia has a trio of goons named Bacon, Dame Lettuce, and Sir Tomato.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: [[spoiler: Noisemaster and the other Disaster Master of the Melody Kingdom, Mutemaster, were [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/cq/page-458/ created at the same time and share a unique bond]], a fact that's been amply demonstrated by their interactions, between how delighted Noisemaster is to see Mutemaster, the hugging, and how distressed Mutemaster looks when [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/cq/page-466/ cradling an injured Noisemaster.]]]]
* EvilIsNotAToy: The Nightmare Knight warns Cordelia that he is ''not'' one of her subjects, and advises her to watch her tone.
* EvilOverlooker:
** Cordelia, Peridot, and the BLT Trio on the [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/cq/prologue/ Prologue splash page]].
** The Nightmare Knight on the [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/cq/chapter-0/ Chapter 0 splash page]].
** Splashmaster on the [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/cq/chapter-1/ Chapter 1 splash page.]]
** Noisemaster on the [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/cq/chapter-2/ Chapter 2 splash page.]]
* EvolvingCredits: The artwork at the top of the comic's page has been changing as the story goes on.
* ExpressiveAccessory: The Oracle's wand-eyeball makes the same expressions her normal eyes do.
** So does her turban-like head wear.
* EyesAlwaysShut: Cabbage. Well... [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/cq/page-34/ not always,]] but he still fits the trope.
* FlatWorld: Dreamside was revealed to be flat when we see a map of Dreamside in Saturday's hideout with the ocean ending off the sides like a cliff. When someone asked Gigi how this was supposed to work she responded with [[AWizardDidIt "Wizards"]].
* FissionMailed: Used as a joke to the audience in Page 375 on it's website commentary and over twitter. [[spoiler: The page depicts the Nightmare Knight tossing a wave of fire at Cucumber and Nautilus after Nautilus seems to [[FinalBossPreview provoke the final showdown early]], with the author's note saying how much she enjoyed sharing the story. The following page shows that no, it isn't the end.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: "[[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/cq/page-371/ Miracles]] tend to happen [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/cq/page-470/ when you least expect them.]]"
* FrothyMugsOfWater: Cordelia's wine is described in her second character portrait as "juice for grown-ups". This apparently extends to all alcoholic beverages in Dreamside, as Gigi [[http://gigidigi.tumblr.com/post/84405744556/ even refers to beer as "malted wheat juice"]].
* FunctionalGenreSavvy: Pretty much everyone besides Cucumber is this. They are all absolutely sure things must play out a certain way (ie. Cucumber being TheHero and using the Dream Sword to fight the Nightmare Knight) even when they make absolutely no sense (ie. Cucumber a rather rubbish hero and there are other, less exciting, ways to stop the Nightmare Knight).
* GlassCannon: Almond, if [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/characters/ Gigi's character stats]] are to be taken seriously.
** and Splashmaster, who has a ridiculously high attack, but only 2 stars in defense.
* GoldfishPoopGang: Saturday and her manservant Brambleby, who appear to be becoming recurring nemeses throughout the story.
* GrowlingGut: Sir Carrot, and Nautilus, when looking at the snack tray on page 326. They forgot to eat before leaving on the seatrain.
* GreyAndGrayMorality: A LighterAndSofter variant. The Nightmare Knight and Cordelia have shown that they are not as evil as a Spirit of Evil and a Tyrannical ruler should be. While the Oracle, the supposed BigGood, is apathetic at best, and several "heroic" characters like Cabbage have been portrayed as complete jerks.
* GrumpyOldMan: Grizzlygum gets rather grumpy toward whippersnappers who trespass on the The Oracle's private woods. He doesn't want to hurt anyone though just give them a good talking-to.
* {{Hammerspace}}: Almond's pocket is where she keeps her sword, according to a bonus comic and [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/archive/page-333/ page 333]] of the comic proper.
* HostileShowTakeover: Bacon takes over the website for April Fool's 2013, and modifies much of the site to resemble himself. Including the banner, the latest page, and the character page and their descriptions.
* IdiotBall: [[spoiler: Time will tell if Almond's decision to simply ''hand over the last Disaster Stone because she feels the quest wouldn't be epic enough if they didn't'' will be this or simply the [[FunctionalGenreSavvy usual genre enforcement of the world]]. Or both.]]
* InadvertentEntranceCue:
-->'''Nautilus:''' I challenge you to a '''limbo duel!'''\\
'''Limbo Group:''' [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/cq/page-262/ Did someone sayyyyyyyyyyyy...LIMBO?!]]
* InsistentTerminology:
-->'''Nautilus:''' It's not a ''cell phone'', Cucumber. It's a ''Royal Instrument of Summoning'' that's been passed down through my ''family'' for ''generations.''
* IntergenerationalFriendship:
** [[http://gigidigi.tumblr.com/post/56394353960/blueskyesandberets-asked-you-umm-when-the Some of the princesses have these,]] since they vary in age from child to adult.
** Peridot and Cordelia. The former is a child, while the latter is at least an adult.
* ItsPronouncedTroPAY: Peridot's name is Peri-DOH, not Peri-DOT.
* ItsUpToYou: As much as Cucumber attempts to avert this, no one will let him off the hook about this world-saving business.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: It would work better if Lettuce cared that Parfait doesn't want to be happy with Tomato.
* JustEatGilligan: Cucumber mentions it would make more sense to destroy the disaster stones twice. Sir Carrot even agrees with him. But the other characters think that's a boring idea, and are insistent on [[GenreSavvy sticking to the genre]]. Almond even gleefully gives the last disaster stone to Peridot to prevent Cucumber and Carrot from breaking it, so that the villains can summon the Nightmare Knight.
* KillTheCutie: Done with the ''villains'' funnily enough. Cucumber Quest has a tendency to make it's villains into really adorable and playful losers, and the audience loves them so much because of it that they don't want the heroes to have to defeat the villains, or see them suffer.
* KnowWhenToFoldEm: Carrot argues this. Baguette quickly retorts that the monster he was faced with had neither claws nor ''teeth''.
** [[spoiler: Noisemaster admits defeat and gives up after not having his base broken into, but Mutemaster's ability negated, being mangled by Liquus, and having his laser blocked by a shield]]. Quite the conga line.
* KrakenAndLeviathan: The reason the ferry service wouldn't let them go by sea to the Ripple Kingdom. A giant squid attacked a cruise ship on the way there, and their boats were out of service because it was too dangerous.
* LampshadeHanging
* TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers: With the set of things being visual and placed in a circle, it doesn't really fall specifically under any of the subtropes, but it's immediately apparent that the [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/archive/page-30/ Disaster Stones]] have some sort of generic elemental theme, with the orbs having pastel colorings with symbols on them of a cloud, fire, water, flower, [[ThePowerOfRock a music note]], a musical "rest" symbol [[note]] Representing "Silence" StandardStatusEffects[[/note]], and... a pitch black orb with a bright red power on/off symbol on it.
* LevelAte: [[http://gigidigi.tumblr.com/post/4952014795/welcome-to-the-doughnut-kingdom-this-is-cucumber The entire Doughnut Kingdom.]]
* LoserGetsTheGirl: How Cucumber's parents fell for each other.
* LoveDodecahedron: Carrot and Parfait love each other. Tomato loves Parfait, and Lettuce loves Tomato.
* LuckyCharmsTitle: Page 313 shows off four diary entries written on the date [fish symbol] 18th, year ♥♪☺☆.
* MacGuffin: The Disaster Stones required [[SealedEvilInACan for reviving the Nightmare Knight.]]
* MadScientist: Cosmo is one, given that their inventions usually have pretty big consequences when put into use. They also point out people call them mad.
* MakeAWish: On a shooting star. Accidentally.
* MediumAwareness
-->'''Almond:''' We haven't had a decent fight this whole chapter! Put up your dukes, Grandpa!
* MilestoneCelebration: Not for the comic itself, but the 2014 April Fools joke is on the 10th year since the HumbleBeginnings of the series when it was first conceptualized. It even uses her art from the first drafts.
* MissingMom: [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/archive/page-227/ Princess Nautilus returns to find this.]]
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: We don't talk about Bacon.
** [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/archive/page-282/ Greetings, legendary hero! ...and other people!]]
* MythologyGag: During one of the backstage conversations Cucumber has in the Legato arc, a harp says "[[Webcomic/{{Hiimdaisy}} Don't tell anybody we said this, buuuuuuuut...]]"
** Also the use of the [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/cq/page-19/ standard Gigi-comic reaction]] to negative incidents.
--> '''Cucumber:''' ''aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa''
* NobleDemon: Nightmare Knight doesn't approve of the BLT trio tormenting the princess when they're supposed to be guarding her room.
* NoExceptYes: [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/cq/page-98/ Has Saturday really managed to steal that much?]]
-->'''Cucumber:''' Don't... tell me '''all''' of this [pile of treasure] was stolen from Caketown Castle.\\
'''Carrot:''' Don't be ridiculous! All of '''that''' [even larger pile of treasure] was stolen from Caketown Castle!
* NoPunctuationIsFunnier: Not as frequently as in ''Webcomic/{{Hiimdaisy}}'', but it's there. [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/archive/page-318/ At one point]] the party even pulls off a BigNo like this.
** Probably one of the funniest cases of this comes from the ''Nightmare Knight'' of all people. [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/cq/page-490/ His reaction when Parfait calls him a friend.]]
-->[[FlatWhat a what]]
* NotCompletelyUseless: The Extremely Specific and Pretty Much Completely Worthless Capsule Spell Machine grants Cucumber "the power to place a comically oversized bathtub drain on any surface." It proves surprisingly useful against Splashmaster, doubling as ChekhovsSkill.
** Zack Morrison of ''Webcomic/{{Paranatural}}'' demonstrates several potential uses for the bathtub drain spell in [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/cq/guest-comic-4/ this]] guest comic, turning it into a LethalJokeItem.
* OhCrap: [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/?webcomic_post=page-134 The heroes' reaction to a giant sea monster.]]
** And [[spoiler:Commander Caboodle]] [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/cq/page-506/ not being whom he seems to be.]]
* OminousVisualGlitch: [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/cq/page-478/ Page 478]] has some very ominous computer glitch effects, with pixelation, and computer code, on and seemingly outside of Noise Master's computer monitor.
** [[spoiler: Soon afterwards, Cosmo is derezzed.]]
* PaintingTheMedium: [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/archive/page-298/ This page]] actually uses the IPA phonetic alphabet to demonstrate ItIsPronouncedTroPAY.
* PerpetualFrowner: Baguette so far.
* PettingZooPeople: The main characters are rabbits with fur and bunny ears, but have human-like bodies.
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: Caketown's knights aren't exactly the proactive sort.
-->'''Carrot:''' Oh, we in the Royal Guard have known about this tower for ages.\\
'''Cucumber:''' You... have? Why didn't you ever come raid the place, then?\\
'''Carrot:''' Well, it's such a long walk... And it's so ''hot''...\\
'''Cucumber:''' Never mind.
* PlayingTennisWithTheBoss: At one point Almond defeats Peridot by deflecting her [[TakenForGranite petrification spell]] back at her with a sword, LegendOfZelda style, which she dodges, but falls off her broomstick/wand thing and is left disarmed in the process.
* PocketDimension: The "Limbo Zone"
* PokeThePoodle: Insulting Legato in any way gets you saddled with a bad role in his play.
* PrepareToDie: The BLT to Cucumber
* ProlongedPrologue: The comic opened with a prologue ''and'' a "chapter zero" before finally starting chapter one over nine months into its run.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: The BLT Trio.
* RainbowSpeak: Phrases occasionally show up in a colored font, adding to the video game feel.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Nightmare Knights eyes glow closer to red when he's angry. They glow orange in chapter 2 when he's [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/cq/page-375/ provoked by Nautilus]], and they glow red when he was [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/cq/page-497/ insulted by Cordelia]]. In the Chapter 2 interlude, [[spoiler: A hologram of the Nightmare Knight is produced to communicate with the heroes. He has red eyes instead of yellow, and is shown to be significantly more ruthless than usual.]]
* RedheadInGreen: Cucumber.
* RefusalOfTheCall: Cucumber thinks he's probably the least qualified person to save the world and wants to go to school. No one will have any of it.
* RhetoricalRequestBlunder: Cucumber absent-mindedly wishes that he could know where Saturday is--and Saturday is immediately teleported right in front of him. Nautilus realizes what's up:
-->'''Nautilus:''' We didn't see it, but a star must have passed by right when you made that absentminded wish just now!\\
'''Cucumber:''' Huh?! If I'd known that, I would have made a ''good one!''
** RetroactiveWish: He immediately begins making more wishes, unsuccessfully.
* RolePlayingGameVerse: All significant characters have stat distributions on the site's Character page and Gigi has released inventories for [[http://gigidigi.tumblr.com/post/3652618661/as-it-turns-out-i-am-the-worst-sort-of-person Cucumber]] and [[http://gigidigi.tumblr.com/post/3693489075/actually-i-have-a-problem Almond]] on her Tumblr. However, while the comic resembles an RPG in presentation and story, actual gameplay elements like stats or MP haven't made an appearance in the work itself.
* RubberForeheadAliens: Despite looking vaguely feline in appearance, there's nothing to suggest Cordelia is anything but an [[SpikesOfVillainy exceptionally pointy rabbit]]. [[spoiler: Cosmo, however, is a bit easier to recognize as being from the Moon.]]
* SceneryPorn: Gigi's done some [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/archive/page-138/ pretty,]] [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/archive/page-176/ captivating]] [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/archive/page-312/ backgrounds]] during her run of the comic so far. It really adds to the fantasy world the characters live in.
* SchizoTech:
-->''[[WordOfGod Well...the people of Dreamside have television, electric lighting and space travel, but theyíre still fighting with swords. I probably decided on this because Iíve always liked cartoons and comics that blend old-timey fantasy stuff with modern technology for the sake of humor or whimsy or whatever.]]''
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: "Puffington's Academy for the Magically Gifted and/or Incredibly Wealthy" would imply that to get in you need either magical skill or enough money for lack of skill to not matter.
* SealedEvilInACan: The Nightmare Knight.
* SeriousBusiness: Limbo in the Ripple Kingdom. Heck challenge someone to a [[CookingDuel Limbo Duel]], and they have a [[PocketDimension limbo dimension]] prepared so that they can "[[ChewingTheScenery battle for]] [[{{Melodrama}} limbo supremacy]]".
* ShoutOut:
** One of the spells in Cucumber's repertoire [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire lets you breath underwater by putting a bubble around your head.]]
** The first few lines to the ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' opening are uttered when [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/archive/page-183/ Captain Bubblebeard launches Cucumber and Nautilus to their next destination.]]
** Chardonnay crashing onto Nautilus's head while searching for Cucumber is incredibly reminiscent to Twink landing on Mario's head while searching for him in ''VideoGame/PaperMario''.
** Captain Caboodle pretty much quotes [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory Buzz Lightyear]] upon meeting Cucumber and Nautilus.
** When Saturday and Brambleby are blown up and turned into ATwinkleInTheSky, the footnote says "[[{{Anime/Pokemon}} Looks like Team]]--[[DefiedTrope no. No, never mind.]]"
** In Comic 345, Noisemaster begins his evil plan revealing by practically channeling [[VideoGame/ParappaTheRapper MC King Kong Mushi]].
** The balloon-blimp in Comic 356 looks almost exactly like the [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Fairy Ocarina]].
** [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/cq/chapter-2-bonus/ Hyper The SpeedSword]] seems to be a parody of mascots with attitude - mainly of the [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Blue Dude With Tude]] guy.
* SiblingYinYang:
** Cucumber is a thoughtful, somewhat cowardly mage, while Almond is a rash and headstrong swordswoman.
*** MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: See [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/archive/page-313/ their handwriting]]: Cucumber has very neat script handwriting while Almond's looks like she used crayons.
** Baguette bakes bread and is cynical and brash while Tartelette bakes pastries and other sweets and is polite and pleasant.
* ShowWithinAShow: ''Pretty Protector Punisher Pumice'', which appears to be a MagicalGirl show.
* SimilarSquad: [[http://gigidigi.tumblr.com/post/7259953752/the-first-legendary-hero-gherkin-defeated-the Gherkin and Peanut]], the original brother/sister pair who fought the Nightmare Knight, to Cucumber and Almond.
* SingleTear: Shed when they reject the pizza guys' arrival.
* SpeechImpediment: Grizzlygum has a lisp.
* {{Squee}}: Done by Queen Cordelia on page 118. It's surprisingly adorable after she had finished chewing out her henchmen and threatened to turn them into stone.
* StatingTheSimpleSolution: Cucumber suggests that he simply destroy the Disaster Stones instead of going on a long-winded quest. Cabbage panics and says it would make him the most boring legendary hero ever.
** Cucumber does this again when [[spoiler:he, Almond and Carrot are exploring Saturday's hideout for the Dream Sword and discover the last Disaster Stone. Cucumber considers holding onto it and not even bothering to grab the sword. Surprisingly, Carrot agrees with him, putting the safety of the kingdom over the adventure. Unsurprisingly, Almond finds that idea boring.]]
** [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/cq/page-497/ Cordelia asks the Nightmare Knight]] why he doesn't [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim just]] "defeat the hero yourself? Right '''now'''?" She narrowly escapes being punished for her insubordination.
* StayInTheKitchen: "When's the last time you ever heard of a little sister becoming a legendary hero?"
* StealthPun:
** Grizzlygum is a bear with no teeth, just gums. In short, he's a GUMMY bear.
** The limbo zone. It's made for playing limbo, obviously. It's also a ''state'' of limbo.
* TheStoryteller: Princess Nautilis, as part of her role.
* StylisticSuck: Legato's [[CringeComedy truly awful play]] ''Magnificent Prince Crescendo'', most of which revolves around [[SmallNameBigEgo how beautiful the character he wrote for himself is]].
* SugarBowl: The comic's world is notably [[http://gigidigi.tumblr.com/post/4952014795/welcome-to-the-doughnut-kingdom-this-is-cucumber VERY reminiscent]] of CandyLand.
* SuspiciousVideoGameGenerosity: Nautilus tells Cucumber to be on his guard, as Splashmaster could be anywhere. Gigi's end-of-page text discusses it:
-->''But you havenít hit a save point yet, so I think youíre okay.''
* TakeYourTime: Parodied.
-->''I'm so very sorry, but there's really '''no time left'''! The Noise Blaster could fire at '''ANY SECOND'''! [[LampshadeHanging ...is what I've been saying for a few hours...]] but the truth is it seems to have stopped charging at 99%''
** And then Deconstructed.
-->[[spoiler: Heroes, man. Think they can mess around, maybe take care of some sidequests, [[AlwaysClose roll in here at the last second like it's all cool.]] [[GenreSavvy This ain't new. Know something, Cucumber? You were right.]] [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy I am sick of the same thing. That's why this time, there's gonna be some changes]].]]
* TalkingTheMonsterToDeath: Cucumber tries this on Noisemaster.
* TalkToTheFist: Tomato wastes his time boasting at Almond. She takes the opportunity to whack him in the face.
* TheFaceOfTheSun: [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/cq/page-515/ Riiiiight here.]] [[TastesLikeDiabetes And it's acting, err, "glad" to boot.]]
* ThemeNaming: The theme varies based on the kingdom. The Doughnut denizens are named after foods, the Ripple residents are named after sea life, and the Melody kingdom's theme is, obviously, music and musical instruments. The only character this doesn't seem to apply to is Saturday, and it's implied that's not her real name in her character profile on the comic's website.
* ThisCannotBe: Cordelia pulls this one off, and the Nightmare Knight {{lampshades}} it. The ImageSource.
* ThresholdGuardian: The BLT squad. Grizzlygum.
* ThrowTheDogABone: Bacon gets [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/cq/page-446/ a standing ovation!]] [[spoiler: And why wouldn't he? His performance as Witch-Queen Xylophonia was amazing!]]
* TimedMission: The entirety of Chapter 2 quickly turns out to be one after [[spoiler: Noisemaster reveals his plan to destroy Trebleopolis with a space cannon he calls the Noise Blaster. It's already charged to 33% by the time Cucumber and his friends even know it exists.]]
* TrainingFromHell: How Nautilus became a [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/archive/chapter-1-bonus-2/ "limbo master"]]
* ATwinkleInTheSky: [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/archive/page-183/ Here]] and [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/archive/page-330/ here.]]
* UnsoundEffect: Doors closing with the sound effect "shut" appears to be becoming a minor RunningGag.
** Readers of ''Webcomic/{{Hiimdaisy}}'' will already be familiar with the all-purpose sound effect "PFFT."
* UnusualEars: The Dream Oracle's resemble membranous wings.
* VagueAge: Gigi has stated a couple times that pretty much all the characters have vague ages. Cucumber and Almond are "just kids", Almond's "a slightly younger kid", Carrot is an adult, etc. You can read all about it on [[http://gigidigi.tumblr.com/post/75358888766/princesskaiju-asked-you-if-you-had-the Gigi's Tumblr]] and on the trivia page.
* VerbalTic: Baguette has a tic, man. Tartelette does too, hon. Lettuce, [[LikeIsLikeAComma like]], probably counts, too. As does Crabbro, bro.
* VerbalBackspace: Cucumber does an impressive one while being introduced to Princess Nautilus:
-->'''Cucumber:''' Oh, or how about I call you [[InnocentInnuendo Nautie]] for sh--\\
''[Nautilus glares at him]''\\
'''Cucumber:''' ...how about I call you Nautilus.\\
'''Nautilus:''' [[SayItWithHearts That would be wonderful!]] ♥
* ViciousCycle: [[spoiler:It's revealed that the Nightmare Knight has been summoned every 5000 years or so. His legend is 500,000 years old, which means he's been sealed and summoned again 100 times.]]
* VillainousCrush: A rather obvious one from Peridot, on Almond. Supported by WordofGod.
* VillainousFriendship: An apparent type I between Cordelia and Peridot, as well as an IntergenerationalFriendship.
* ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption: DoubleSubverted with Saturday in chapter 1. It seems like they're going to have to fight her for the dream sword - then she hands it over, because she thought it was fake when the sword wouldn't come out of it's scabbard. Then she gets upset when she learns that she's stranded far from home and starts attacking, only to be flattened by a spaceship out of nowhere.
* WallOfBlather: Grizzlygum, complaining, gets this.
* WhamLine:
-->'''Chardonnay:''' We just have to be sure every hero is clear on this stuff, y'know?
* WhamShot: [[spoiler: [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/cq/page-470/ The blast from Noisemaster's cannon being stopped by a starry, purple forcefield...]]]]
* WidelySpacedJailBars: Cucumber's dad's cell. Lampshaded in the description text.
-->''What do you mean, I could probably slip right through the bars? I know you canít tell, but Iíve gained a lot of weight in here, son.''
* WeirdSun: The sun of Dreamside is basically the cheerful sentient envelope of a hot air balloon piloted by a princess.
* WineIsClassy: Cordelia in [[http://gigidigi.tumblr.com/post/4549186733/cat-planet this]] bit of artwork.
* AWizardDidIt: [[http://gigidigi.tumblr.com/post/12320870982/whurfbuilding How a flat planet physically works.]]
-->''Wizards, wizards, wizards, wizards, wizards, wizards, wizards, w''
* WorldOfSnark: Pretty much every named character has some snarky moments, whether it be as a DeadpanSnarker or another type of snarker.
* WouldHitAGirl: Tomato threatens Almond, saying he has no qualms about hitting a girl. [[BadassAdorable Almond never gives him the chance]].
* WreckedWeapon: Carrot's spear was bent by Splashmaster when he tried to rescue Almond. He apparently found it again, and fixed it, or he got a new one before they left the Ripple Kingdom since he had it again later.
* YouCantThwartStageOne: Cuco would ''very'' much like to avert this trope by preventing the Nightmare Knight's summoning, but the enemy--and even some of his ''allies''--are determined to have it played straight. The fact that Cucumber is the only one who even considered the possibility of this trope being averted really plays into his role as OnlySaneMan.