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''[[http://www.dominic-deegan.com Dominic Deegan: Oracle For Hire]]'' is a {{webcomic|s}} started by Michael "Mookie" Terracciano in 2002. It follows the life and times of Dominic Deegan, a {{messianic|Archetype}} yet pessimistic seer who travels about with Spark, his [[TalkingAnimal feline comic relief]], and assorted companions. Originally a lighter strip based on puns and wordplay, CerebusSyndrome ensued, arguably starting with the "Visions of Doom" arc, but certainly by "Storm of Souls".

On May 24, 2013, the comic ended at [[WebcomicsLongRunners three thousand comics.]] A set of colored epilogue prints, some with art by Garth Graham (Mookie's partner on his following webcomic ''Webcomic/StarPower''), were later published.

'''List of [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/contents.php Major Arcs]]:'''
* Visions of Doom: Dominic, Luna, and Gregory head to Barthis to try and prevent a slaughter after Dominic receives a, well, vision of doom.
* Ecstasy and Evil: Another vision leads Dominic and Luna to his friend, Szark, to warn him about it--they learn he's married to Luna's sister, and the both of them are sleeping with a rival seer.
* Storm of Souls: The project of Dominic's brother, Jacob, calls up the Storm of Souls, the afterlife and weapon of an ancient cult of chaos, the Chosen, who proceed to try and harness it to take over/destroy the world.
* The Battle for Barthis: Gregory, Donovan, and Melna put on a concert to fund the rebuilding of Barthis, which was destroyed during the Storm of Souls arc, while an amoral businessman tries to buy the town out from under its residents.
* The War in Hell: The souls of the Chosen, having been banished to Hell, become a point of contention for Hell's lords and ladies, who go to war over it.
* Two Thief or Not Two Thief?: Stunt and Bumper, a pair of thieves who tried (and repeatedly failed) to put one over on Dominic earlier in the comic try to make it big in the rebuilt Barthis, and bring on worse problems than they intended.
* Class Action: Dominic starts teaching at his mother's school of magic.
* Snowsong: A survivor of the Chosen assault on Barthis returns, intent on killing Gregory, thinking he murdered her fellow cult members. Gregory takes inspiration from [[SuperheroEpisode an old Action Book]] he liked as a kid to deal with the problem.
* The Shadow of Siegfried: Having died during the War in Hell, Siegfried wreaks havoc on his former friends in life.
* The Oracle Hunter: An assassin targeting seers sets her sights on Dominic.
* Around the World: Dominic and Luna go on vacation to take a load off and recharge their batteries, and meet up with some old friends, some new friends, and [[spoiler:a new friend who's also an old friend]].
* Built To Resist: While Luna and Dominic are away things take a turn for the worse. Dex is suddenly out of his job as sheriff and unexpectedly runs into his ex-wife, Gregory gets dumped by Pamela, and Celesto returns... and a new enemy emerges in the form of "The Beast".
* March Across Maltak: Dominic, Luna, Donovan and Melna head into Maltak after the storms ravaging it finally end, and have to find a way to help the native Orcs heal the land and their clans.
* [[AnimalHouse A Nimmel]] [[PunnyName House]]: Nimmel begins his first semester at the Coldfire Academy in the Winter Archipelago, where he's the only human among werewolves.
* [[SystemOfADown B.Y.O.B]]: Gregory, searching for something to do with his life, learns to "Be Your Own Bard," and invents death metal.
* Walk the Wild Edge: Stunt, now a guide in the Wild Edge territories, tries to stop his fellow guides from capturing and exploiting an innocent mongrel man.
* The Court of Karnak: After serving as Karnak's knight during his rampage across Hell, Siegfried has had enough of serving under his master's thumb and rebels against him. Meanwhile, Bulgak Adrak awakes in Hell and faces the truth about his life and death. Behind all of it The Beast is once again on the move and slowly gathering strength.
* Altered States: After learning that both of them are infertile, Dominic and Luna look into Alterism to see if they can solve the problem.
* [[Music/{{Megadeth}} Symphony of Destruction]]: Dominic goes to the plane of destruction to battle against The Beast.
* Face-to-Facebath: Luna and Dominic step up to help Gregory's bandmates deal with their personal issues.
* Revelation: After the beast kills the mentor of the Arch-Magi it is left severely weakened and must try to consume more power. Further, the one who sustains and rules the beast is revealed [[spoiler: David Johann, the first Arch-Mage of the Fifth Circle and King of Callan.]]
* The Search for Celesto: Luna and Quilt go on a search to find Celesto after his extended absence to enlist his help in exposing The Beast's benefactor. When they finally find him, Szark and Dominic must stop Celesto's plan to expose The Beast on his own terms while Gregory and Luna uncover the shocking truth about the Royal Battlecasters.
* I Do: Dominic and Luna finally get married.
* Just Deserts: Jayden goes on a journey to the desert to die... and ends up with a rather unexpected companion on her way.
* Attack of the Archmagi
* Through the Tempest
* The Mad King
* Allies Fall, Powers Gained, Wanderers Found
* Interlude: Celesto "Recovers"
* Relatiation
* Mindbreak
* The Final Vision
* Epilogue

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!!''Dominic Deegan'' contains examples of:

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* AbandonedInfoPage: There was once a page on the main site with biographies and some other background information. Tiring of updating it, Mookie decided to just link to the {{Wikipedia}} article - which was fine until Wikipedia decided to trim the article of "plotcruft". Once they did that, Mookie just deleted the info page entirely.
* ActionMom: Miranda Deegan
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: The author (or at least [[SnarkyNonHumanSidekick Spark]]) is prone to using these as an alternative form of wordplay.
* AerithAndBob: The comic runs the gamut, from normal (Gregory Deegan) to the bizarre (Runcible Spoon).
** Just within the Orcs, we have Stonewater and Adrak Bulgak, though Stonewater is the literal translation for the Orcish word for ice.
* AloofBigBrother: Jacob. As Gregory is the youngest of the three Deegan boys, Dominic sometimes comes off as this to Gregory.
* AnAesop: The entire conflict with the Beast and its resolution ultimately reinforce the message that "knowledge dispels fear". Knowledge leads to understanding, and with understanding even the mightiest of monsters, literal and figurative, can be defeated. To a lesser extent this can be seen in other story arcs as well.
* {{Animesque}}: Peculiarly, the art style mimics ''[[LazyArtist lazily drawn]]'' anime. This seems to be an artistic conceit rather than laziness on the part of this particular artist, since such tropes as the CheekyMouth are unnecessary in a static art form.
* AndIMustScream: The last poacher killed in the WILD EDGE is paralyzed and eaten alive by slimes.
** Also, if your soul gets eaten in Hell, then you will experience being eaten for the rest of eternity.
** Seems to be the fate of the Battlecasters currently being corrupted by the Beast. [[spoiler:[[EvilFeelsGood At least at first]].]]
* AndManGrewProud: The fate of Eldariat [[spoiler:(the former land of Klo Tark's people)]].
* {{Angrish}}: After scrying [[spoiler:[[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2005-08-08 Serk Brakkis's courting of Luna, and his subsequent betrayal of her,]]]] he is temporarily reduced to ''biting'' his crystal ball in rage, bellowing "'''''I KILL YOU!'''''"
** A straighter example can be found [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2007-04-21 here]].
-->Dominic: "'''BUH--! HURGK!''' '''GWUH! FNNF!'''"
* AnnoyingArrows: Dominic gets an arrowhead embedded into his arm without even flinching. He sports a dressing that afternoon, and walks with a cane using that arm the following day.
** Used as NonLethalWarfare at the climax of the Maltak arc.
** Eltu takes an arrow in the [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2009-11-20 back]], and is back in time for a BigDamnHeroes moment [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2009-11-25 three strips later]].
** Hell, that very same arrow gets thrust into the assailant's NECK, and he just rips it out a few strips later as well. One is left wondering why people even keep using arrows if they're this ineffective.
* AntiHero: Stunt is a rougher-edged protagonist than most of the rest of the cast. He's among the few to carry a weapon, and while the rest of the Deegans prefer to capture or otherwise subdue their opponents (at least, the ones that aren't demons or zombies or monsters or something), Stunt is more often willing to kill (see the fight with Urban Eddie, and his attempt to cut the Infernomancer's throat much earlier in the comic). Ironically, he seemed to be ''not'' trying to kill the villainous poachers in his the Walk the Wild Edge arc, at least until they started trying to kill him. He's softened up a bit further after his journey with Jayden in the second part of the Just Deserts arc.
* AntiMagic: Dex Garrit is a Resistant, meaning that no magic, harmful or helpful, can affect him directly.
* AnyoneCanDie: Possibly starting with the deaths of [[spoiler: Bumper and Chance Master's parents]] now that it's the final year. [[spoiler:And now Rilian as well.]]
** [[spoiler:Quilt, too. And, it appears, Celesto.]]
* AmbitionIsEvil: It has been stated that for a mortal to try drawing directly from the Heart of Magic's power is a very wrong thing to do. Everyone to try, whether with good or evil intentions has ended up unleashing terrible disasters.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Jayden pulls a good one on Rilian [[spoiler:when Stunt needs help dealing with his DarkAndTroubledPast before dealing with the problems in the present.]] All Rilian can do in response is give a [[{{Beat}} couple of beats]] and give [[spoiler: Stunt five minutes with the scrying pool]] without looking like a [[{{Jerkass}} complete jerkass]].
** A more lighthearted one occurs very early on in the series, when Dominic is inflicted with a curse that makes a fish fall on his head every time he takes a puff on his pipe. He recruits Bumper and Stunt to steal the cure from the sorceress that did it. This exchange of armor piercing questions occurs between Dominic and Stunt:
-->'''Stunt''': If this curse is only triggered when you smoke, why don't you just quit smoking?
-->*[[BeatPanel beat]]*
-->'''Dominic''': If going to jail is only triggered when you steal, why don't you just quit?
* [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Arrogant Fencing Guy]] / InsufferableGenius: Chance Masters, naturally talented and very egotistical. [[spoiler: May or may not be hosting an Eldritch Abomination. Used to be bullied by his current favorite victim and is apparently useless at all other sports.]]
* ArrowCatch: Melna pulls this off, to the shock and amazement of her companions in [[http://dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2009-07-29 this strip]].
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: In [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2010-03-11 one strip,]] an AlphaBitch (pun intended) gets called out on what she says to Nimmel. These range from defending Nimmel, to encouraging him, but it ends with Nimmel's friend curtly telling said AlphaBitch, "You ruined ''boobs'' for me."
* ArtEvolution: After the first couple of years of improvements, the art quality has stayed about the same since. The only notable stylistic change recently is the addition of defined snouts for the Orcs. Mookie has said in an interview that while he can draw better, he feels the current art style fits the comic, and changing it wouldn't feel right.
* ArtShift: Occasionally, close-ups, especially of Dominic, will be given [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2008-04-15 increased detail]].
* AscendedMeme: "A Nimmel House" was originally a FanNickname for the arc. A few emails to Mookie, and it was official.
** On one of the forums, the unnamed female poacher of Walk the Wild Edge would always be referred to as [[VasquezAlwaysDies Vasquez]], and was then officially dubbed, "Vaskez."
* AsideGlance: Usually accompanied with an IncrediblyLamePun. The author himself states in one of the books that it's "comedy gold!" and he'll never tire of it.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority [[spoiler: David Johann, the king of Callan]] became an archmage just because he was that damn good.
** Damn good enough to enchant the Archmages into not only making a Fifth Circle for him, but also to follow his every command.
* TheAtoner: [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2008-03-20 Celesto]] has an... [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2008-04-20 unusual]] view of how this trope works. Stunt and Jayden play it a bit straighter. To a certain degree, Jacob has become one as well.
* AttackHello: Luna admitted their first encounter with Jacob scared the hell out of her. Their (rather, [[spoiler: his]]) last meeting together, [[http://dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2009-06-26 well...]]
** Barnet stabs Dominic in the stomach on his porch when she first meets him.
* AtTheCrossroads: Whenever someone reaches a metaphorical crossroads, Deegan sees everything in "gray" until that someone makes a decision.
* AuthorAppeal: In his news posts, Mookie's often admitted his love for certain elements in the comic. Characters have spent entire strips focusing on food or drink that Mookie likes. Dominic's favorite food is Mavpel candy, an admitted {{Expy}} of one of Mookie's favorite candies.
** He's more recently admitted that he likes drawing muscular orc girls because, well, he likes muscular orc girls.
** Also, he is unapologetically a child of TheEighties.
** He's hinted that he may have a certain fondness for breasts.
** The B.Y.O.B. arc, according to the blurb [[http://dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2010-10-05 this comic]], is Mookie's tribute to metal--but it's directly inspired by a band he ''doesn't'' like.
* AuthorAvatar: Not Dominic, as you might have thought. Mookie has stated (in his third book) that Dominic's father Donovan is who he considers to be most like himself. Indeed, the two often behave similarly, and share a sense of humor. The confusion largely stems from the fact that, when he draws himself, Mookie's self-portrait is virtually identical to Dominic. This is partly due to a serious case of OnlySixFaces.
* BadassBoast: Nimmel makes one to himself where he explains the real reasons he went to the Coldfire Academy, just before trying to break up a fight between his friend and the AlphaBitch, and before she sends ''more'' werewolves to attack him.
* BadassNormal: Rachel. Inverted somewhat with Dex, who has a rare condition that makes him immune to magic, and is thus one of the few surviving characters who can hold his own in a serious fight without magic.
* BadDreams: In an early comic, Dominic makes a distinction between his visions of doom, and just regular old nightmares, and notes he's learned to differentiate between them.
* BattleAura: Gregory's white magic gives him a [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2004-07-19 pretty cool one]]. And occasionally gives one to his [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2004-07-22 enemies]].
* BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind: Dominic's preferred combat venue. He's a SquishyWizard in normal circumstances, but practically a juggernaut in a mindscape.
** One notable incident is during the Oracle Hunter Arc involves Dominic [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2008-01-31 "relocating the battle"]]
* BeatPanel: A pun will frequently be followed by the victim [[BreakingTheFourthWall staring at the "camera"]] with a sour expression.
* BecomingTheMask: From the looks of things, Celesto's "familiarity" with the Beast after being trapped in the Elemecca with it for so long, and subsequent impersonation of it to reveal its connection to [[spoiler:the king of Callan]], has made him...[[TheCorruption a bit too susceptible to its power]]. Luckily he seems to have overcome this...[[spoiler:just in time to die helping take the Beast out.]]
* BehindTheBlack: The plains of Maltak apparently has a visibility of five meters. Characters in this vast, featureless wasteland run into each other by accident and don't hear conversations and see events until they enter the panel.
* BerserkerTears: Used fairly regularly, most notably by Siegfried in the War in Hell story arc.
* BewareTheNiceOnes. Bortette is a CuteMute, CuteMonsterGirl. With the level of common sense mongrelfolk seem to display, you might wonder how she manages to survive living alone in the Wild Edge... [[WolverineClaws "snikt".]]
* BewareTheSillyOnes: Runcible Spoon is generally lighthearted and prone to goofy experiments. But upon discovering that Neilen was responsible for [[spoiler:his wife divorcing him]], [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2007-03-14 he does NOT take it well]].
* BeYourself: The Aesop of the the story about Greg and his rock band(s).
* BizarreSexualDimorphism: Well, okay, being that they're from the Wild Edge, bizarreness is to be expected, but this is the case between Bort and Bortette. Both identified as mongrelfolk, Bort is covered in miss-matched patches of skin, with an extra eye on his ''chest'', scales in places, and just generally looking like the poster-boy for BodyHorror. Bortette, by contrast, is a CuteMonsterGirl with a slightly prominent upper lip and some spikes. It's strongly implied that no two mongrelfolk are alike, or even resemble others of their kind.
* BiTheWay: Taz [=MaDara=], apparently. His first meeting with Gregory Deegan involves him planting a huge [[HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw man-kiss]] on the youngest Deegan boy, much to his confusion.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2004-07-30 Never]] [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2006-11-19 take]] [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2008-02-13 your eyes]] [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2008-11-21 off the Interceptor.]]
** Dex isn't the only one who can do it. Most of the cast does it once or twice, [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2005-02-22 even Rilian!]]
* BigDamnKiss: At least once, we have been treated by a single giant colored panel o Dominic and Luna kissing. I think that qualifies.
* BlessedWithSuck: Being a Resistant (immune to ALL magic) sounds cool, but remember that while they can't be hurt by magic, they can't be healed by magic either.
** A more humorous example: '''Nimmel:''' [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2010-02-25 "Katya, your country has made me immune to boobs."]]
* BlindfoldedVision: The Infernomancer, though [[spoiler:his eyes have been injured and will never heal, and on the inside of his blindfold is two daggers that stick straight into his eye sockets]].
* BloodFromTheMouth: Used in its most classic sense, as visual shorthand for a fatal injury.
* BodyHorror: Celesto's Chaos magic has this in ''spades'', especially in the deaths of [[spoiler: [[JerkJock Brett Taggerty]] and [[SmugSnake Serk Brakkis]].]]
** Alteration magic due to it being permanent (unless it's for hair).
** What the Beast did to poor Murray would fall under this too.
* [[BoldInflation Bold]] '''[[BoldInflation Inflation]]'''!
* BoobsOfSteel: The most-well-endowed female protagonist is AmazonianBeauty Rachel Hart. [[CuteMonsterGirl "Bortette"]] gains [[AdrenalineMakeOver two or three cup sizes while fighting.]]
* BookEnds: "I am sorry if I was rash earlier. Farewell, Dominic Deegan. I hope you do not forget me."
* BreakTheCutie: Inverted; Luna is introduced at the climax of her mother's year-long campaign of breaking her, and saved from suicide by Dominic. We learn more about the process in various flashbacks. Most of her character development revolves around the slow recovery of her sense of self-worth. Gregory is also somewhat subject to this trope, particularly in a couple of the later story arcs.
* BreatherEpisode: Rather, a breather ''story arc'' -- the "Around the World" arc, to be precise.
-->''[[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2008-05-25 "...let's just say that it's really good we're going on vacation.]]''
* BrickJoke: [[spoiler:Donovan finding out what his orcish name really means and using it hundreds of strips later as a StealthPun against Dominic]]
** [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2006-09-18 "So he says it hurts whenever he touches. Turns out his finger's broken!"]] [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2002-05-23 "Hey I think I know that guy!"]]
** [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2005-12-03 "And I will strike down my enemiiieeeeees--]] [[spoiler: [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2013-02-13 --WITH THE SWORD OF CENTURIES!!!"]]]]
** Donovan, having been [[EstablishingCharacterMoment established]] as an ostensible goofball dad with zany plots, [[MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels legendarily bad Orcish]], and an overall tendency to [[WeNeedADistraction be the distraction]] but otherwise have little impact or relevance to the plot, proves not only his competence, badassery, and the reasons Miranda loves him, but reveals after ''seven years'' ([[WebcomicTime real world time]]) that [[spoiler: he's always been able to speak perfect Orcish]]. This strings a lot of unrelated side-jokes into a single, BatmanGambit -style epic practical joke spanning decades against an entire foreign nation, and afterward he becomes much more of a force on the plot. The reason for the reveal? [[spoiler:He realized that revealing the joke had reached the point of [[ItAmusedMe being funnier]] than continuing the subterfuge.]]
** At the start of the Beneath Our Masks arc, Gregory remarks that he's bringing his cheapest guitar with him so he won't feel too bad about bashing Celesto over the head with it if they find him. [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2011-11-18 Gregory finds him.]]
** The Class Action arc has one so subtle that most probably never saw it: Early in the arc, [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2007-01-17 Neilen threatens to "bite [Runcible's] freaking head off."]] Then later, Cassafinn tries to make Runcible feel better by giving him an effigy of Neilen to abuse. [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2007-03-30 Guess what he does to it?]]
* BroughtDownToNormal: Gregory Deegan is unable to use white magic for most of the Snowsong arc. [[spoiler:More recently, his ability to use white magic was ripped out entirely. So far, it's actually ''stuck''.]] WordOfGod says that it's going to stick forever.
** Also, Jayden spoke the First Heresy of Hell near the beginning of the comic. Funny thing, when a priestess renounces her faith.
** [[spoiler:Dominic loses his Second Sight forever when it returns to the Heart of Magic.]]
* BubblePipe: Quilt the necromatic golem uses one several times. Later on, he uses it to scry, with each bubble acting like a short-lived crystal ball.
* ButterFace: Luna is seen as this in-universe, with her tusks. They're a total dealbreaker when Siegfried visited her, for example, and she's picked on because of them. Of course, with Mookie's [[OnlySixFaces art style]], she's in reality still pretty good looking.
* CainAndAbel: The comic sometimes pits Dominic and Gregory against their necromancer brother Jacob. Early on, there was an interesting twist: Dominic hated Jacob, but Gregory still wanted to believe the best of him.
** Luna's relationship with her sisters was also like this for a while, but the three eventually decided to try and at least tolerate each other after the rest of their family got themselves killed with their petty fighting.
* TheCavalry: [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2009-11-30 The Doma have arrived.]] [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2009-12-03 Oh, and the Shintula.]]
* CallARabbitASmeerp: "Mavpel" candy, the sap of a mavpel tree allowed to solidify.
* CallingTheOldManOut: [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/comics/20111205.gif Here,]] in this case, Miranda Deegan calls '''''both''''' of her parents out for their behavior (and their attacks) on Donovan for him being her choice of a future husband.
-->'''Luna:''' Holy crap. She said that to her parents?
-->'''Dominic:''' Mom inherited Grandma's skill with the guilt trip.
** A very brutal variant with Siegfried. After his rebellion against Karnak doesn't pan out exactly like he expected, Karnak is able to convince him what a horrible bastard his father truly was. Siegfried expresses his extreme displeasure by going out and ''rabidly devouring the head of his father's soul''.
* CallingYourAttacks: Often. Hilariously coupled with BuffySpeak in the last panel of [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2008-01-28 this strip]]
* TheCameo: One of the Wild Edge guides[=/=]{{Evil Poacher}}s was a fan cameo who was brought back as a villain because Mookie "wasn't done with him yet". [[spoiler: [[DroppedABridgeOnHim He is now]]. Mookie: "And so with Chris's death today I continue the tradition of killing people who win a named appearance in the comic via [=ConnectiCon's=] Webcomic Charity Auction. Chris won two years ago. This year's winner may not have such a long comic life span. Tee hee."]]
* CatapultNightmare: Gregory suffers these in the lead up to "BYOB".
* CatsAreMagic: Spark, the talking cat.
* CharacterDevelopment: Luna's has been the most significant in the strip. She's a woman who, in her first appearance, was about three seconds from hanging herself after getting turned down by Siegfried because of her tusks. Now, even getting told [[spoiler:that she can never become pregnant]] doesn't get her down.
** Stunt has been going through quite a surprising bit himself throughout the series. He's become more open and trusting of people and even lost a bit of the misogonism that defined his character [[spoiler: after being separated from bumper for a while and finally forgiving himself for accidently killing his mother when he was young.]]
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Rachel's face > magical steroids.
* ChekhovsGun: This being a comic about someone who sees and changes the future, this trope is common. One of it's more unique examples actually comes from [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2005-03-21 his cat.]]
* ChekhovsGunman: One of the very early strips had Dominic receiving a "see-mail" message through his crystal ball from his friend Mosley. ''Years'' later, a plot arc involving Mosley was teased. Considering how long it can take for the teased arcs to arrive (we waited two and a half years for the Oracle Hunter arc), we don't know what his significance is and probably won't for quite a while. And now that Mookie has announced the strip's eminent end, we may never.
* CheekyMouth
* TheChessmaster: Dominic, especially during the Super-Greg arc. This is one of the reasons Dominic sometimes comes off as a DesignatedHero. It's hard to come off as completely heroic when manipulating people, even if it's for the Greater Good and with the power of foresight.
* ChosenOne: [[spoiler:Luna]] during March Across Maltak.
* {{Cliffhanger}}: Mookie is fond of these, particularly on Fridays. Even the final comic is one, of sorts [[spoiler:as an off-panel voice calls Dominic "Dad," but nothing is revealed about the speaker.]]
* CombatClairvoyance: Averted in one strip in which a fencing student wanted to see [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2011-05-23 Dominic be badass.]]
* CompanionCube: [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2008-01-13 Gerald]].
* ConscienceMakesYouGoBack: Provides the trope image.
* ContractualImmortality: Celesto and The Infernomancer. In the Infernomancer's case, this is ''literal'' as his contract with Karnak makes him immune to all wounds, except the [[EyeScream giant holes in his face]].
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Serk Brakkis
* CrossingTheDesert: The Maltak arc consists of trekking through a vast, featureless wasteland, in the daytime, without pack animals and with no more consumables than what the party can fit in one, ordinary-sized backpack per person, and they apparently keep their tents in those as well. (Though [[http://dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2003-04-29 bags of holding]] have been mentioned previously.) They're also not taking care to cover their heads, and one character is in a dress. They do hire an experienced guide, but this guide is the same one who would've gone through and okayed all of that, and who [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2009-03-11 built a stone fire ring miles upon miles from plant life.]]
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Gregory.
** [[spoiler: [[CuteMonsterGirl "Bortette"]]. Looks like those spikes are useful after all.]]
** Professor Runcible Spoon. Though a very intelligent professor as opposed to a moron, he's generally very easy-going and occasionally silly. But if you piss him off? [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2007-03-14 Lord help you.]]
* CruelMercy: Stunt leaves the last of the poachers alive. [[AndIMustScream The guy is paralyzed and "slimes eat anything".]]
* CrystalDragonJesus- The Luanian Church, with its own Jesus Christ/Prophet Mohammed like figure in The Prophet Luana, is the ruling faith in Callan. Throughout the "Around the World" story arc, other racial faiths were touched upon as well as a lesser Callanian religion of Scapilanism in Jayden and Stunt's pilgrimage to the Desert of Eldariat.
* CulturalPosturing: Some of the WA's werewolves do this on occasion; claiming that Callanians and other outsiders are inherently untrustworthy compared to werewolves.
* CurbStompBattle: In this corner, Jacob Deegan, necromancer and mad scientist who's in the past slaughtered several of the Chosen, beat a spellwolf in single combat, and has been a serious antagonist throughout the comic. In ''this'' corner, is the Shintula Chief, [[PapaWolf whose son Jacob just brutally attacked]]. [[http://dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2009-08-31 Jacob didn't stand a chance]].
* CurseCutShort: Subverted in [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2005-12-27 this strip.]]
* CursedWithAwesome: Dominic has complained since the very first strip about the burdens of being a seer, especially his gift of random visions. He wanted to help people with his gift; instead the comic opens InMediasRes with him being a fortune teller for a town of [[{{Muggles}} complete idiots]].
** Dex Garrett is a resistant, meaning he suffers from a rare condition that renders him completely immune to magic, both helpful and harmful. It also makes it very difficult for him to find stable work that play to Dex's strengths (high risk jobs), because employers have to pay heavy taxes and rifle through ridiculous amounts of paperwork to hire one.
** Spark considered the curse put on Dominic in the first arc (which caused fish to appear out of nowhere and land on Dominic's head whenever he smoked) to be this.
* CuteLittleFangs: [[IncrediblyLamePun Inverted]] with Luna's, though in-universe it's considered a hideous deformity.
* CuteMonsterGirl: The transformation of infernomancers [[http://dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2010-10-19 after eating souls]] seems to work out better for the woman.
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[[folder: Tropes D-G]]
* DarkActionGirl: Snowsong and Hirek.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Spoofed with Dominic's favorite comic being {{Ret Con}}ned into the character "discovering" he's half demon ... much to Dominic's dismay.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Rilian, the first necromancer, is basically a walking skeleton. In the Around the World arc, [[spoiler:he masquerades as a fat jolly necromancer named Brian. This is said to be what he used to be like before the problems of the world and the weight of centuries made him bitter and unpleasantly pragmatic.]]
** The Nakta and the Akta are all about this. Specifically the Nakta while dark can be used to take another persons pain into yourself healing them while hurting you. Toward the end the Akta is used to steal life from others to strengthen the user.
** Black magic in general embraces this trope. Although fueling spells with negative emotions like anger, sorrow, or hatred does presumably have a long-term net negative effect on the psyche, it appears to be magic focused on the principle of destruction rather than magic that is inherently evil, the exception being Infernomancy which specifically is magic of Hell.
* TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget: Delving into infernomancy, even for ostensibly good reasons like Bulgak's, will erode your conscience until you care about nothing but yourself.
* DeadpanSnarker: Everyone, from time to time; even in dramatic arcs the comic will revert periodically to its roots and put in punchlines, and when not doing that the snarking goes into the dialogue in a less jokey way. Dominic has grown less snarky through his character development, but other have appeared to share the duty. Jacob is very big on this. Karnak has developed the tendency increasingly.
-->[[spoiler:'''Siegfried:''']] [Over about a week's worth of strips as he charges across Hell for his RoaringRampageOfRevenge] KARNAK! '''KARNAK!''' '''''KARNAK!'''''
-->'''Karnak:''' I heard you the first time.
* DealWithTheDevil: Infernomancers
* DeathByMaterialism: Amelia
* DeathIsCheap: Death is always dramatic, as the trope requires, but doesn't ever seem to stick for major characters. Unless [[DeaderThanDead your soul gets destroyed]], in which case you're pretty much fucked. This could be a result of the comic spending so much time in dreams and mindscapes. Also, Necromancers as a general rule tend to come back when they die, so you have to make sure they're ''[[DeaderThanDead really]]'' dead.
* DeathFromAbove: Spark's main form of attack.
* DeathGlare: Miranda Deegan's willpower-eroding, thought-derailing Evil Eye, which has a range of half a mile and can strike targets around corners and through dimensions. No one can withstand it either, not even an 8 foot tall spellwolf. Even the BigBad [[spoiler:Johann]] can feel it as a cold wind in the Archmages' sanctum.
* DeathIsDramatic: Always, even when it's a DisneyDeath.
* DeathSeeker / MilesToGoBeforeISleep: [[spoiler: Jayden has ended her vow of silence - penance for betraying Milov and basically getting the Callanians kicked out of werewolf territory - and now she's going on a pilgrimage into the desert where she will die.]]
** This turned out to be a case of NoLongerWithUs: [[spoiler:Jayden meant she would die a ''spiritual'' death, giving up/leaving behind her old life, "dying" metaphorically in order to move on from the sins she committed.]] Although considering [[spoiler:Jayden's listlessness, vow of silence, and near DespairEventHorizon before this]], such a misunderstanding is understandable and surely intentional on Mookie's part. And could even still become literal, depending.
* DecoyProtagonist: The Wild Edge arc was supposed to be about Bort (the author even wrote about how nice it would be to focus on him), but after he got "rejected" he left to pout and the arc's real hero turned out to be Stunt.
** The following arc started off with Celesto meditating on how the world's magic was going out of whack, but it quickly turned into '''''[[SayMyName KARNAK!]]''''' and Siggy's battle in Hell.
** The author twittered that this kind of thing happens because he [[IJustWriteTheThing "doesn't want to know what comes next"]] ''in his own story''.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: When the strips are released in print collections, colorized strips are made gray scale. As Mookie notes in the 4th collection, [[EnforcedTrope "Color printing is expensive. Very expensive."]]
* DepravedBisexual: Szark, Celesto. Szark even comes out as gay rather than bi after his HeelFaceTurn. This facet of Celesto's character seems to have been abandoned.
* DepthDeception: Nothing is as it seems on the Wild Edge. Least of all perspective.
* {{Determinator}}: [[http://dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2008-12-05 Dex Garrett]]and The Infernomancer.
* DeusExMachina: In an apparently unintentional {{lampshade|Hanging}}d example, Miranda has taken to calling herself "Deus Ex Momina," being a rather jarring ParentExMachina in what is neither a sitcom nor starred by a teenager. WordOfGod states the joke was her terrible delivery of the joke rather than being one of the most MetaGuy moments the comic's ever had. There are other events where this happens, sometimes [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2004-03-01 even being mentioned by the cast.]]
* DidYouJustScamCthulhu: [[spoiler: [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2011-03-21 When The Beast]] comes to attack Dominic, it makes Dominic weak because he 'willed' it. Likewise, Dominic uses an illusion to pretend he's willed himself to have the powers of a Destroyer to make The Beast retreat in fear he'd destroy himself to try and take it down with him. Justified in that The Beast is an extradimensional being from a realm of pure insanity; the idea that something it perceived was not real would be completely alien to it, making it vulnerable to Dominic's illusion spells.]]
* DiscretionShot: Various, including ShadowDiscretionShot.
* DisContinuityNod: Quilt, the necromantic golem; before he was given a name, forum regulars named him "Patches." Quilt himself rejected it, saying it made him sound like a dog.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Both in and out of universe with [[spoiler:Celesto's murders of Serk Brakkis and Brett Taggerty.]]
** According to Celesto, Amelia's death.
* DistractedByTheSexy: Happens to [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2010-02-24 Nikolai]], [[FridgeLogic who really should be used to this by now.]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Milov being MindRaped looks like he is being actually raped by Naughty Tentacles
** In [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2003-09-10 this strip]], Jacob's dialogue combines with the way he holds the slain (and completely naked) Chosen girl's chin [[{{Squick}} in a fairly disturbing manner.]]
* DragonInChief / TheManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler: Either the King of Callan is behind the (currently weakened) Beast's rise to power or the King is the Beast's Dragon-In-Chief (it seems to be the latter).]]
** HijackedByGanon: While the timeline is not exactly clear yet on when exactly he rose to power, if [[spoiler:David Johann was king]] during the Callan/Orc war and thus condoned the atrocities which Warlord Damaske perpetrated, then this would make him indirectly responsible for a good portion of the bad events in the Deegan-verse that have affected the main characters directly--Thuen Gor's curse (and its effect on Luna), Karnak's fall, Siegfried's corruption and everything that came of it, what happened to Maltak... For certain, now that he has the Infernomancer working for him (by proxy) this makes him a threat to everyone, even Karnak. Whether this will result in an EnemyMine later (albeit one certain to break due to Karnak's [[AlwaysChaoticEvil lack of trustworthiness]] and Celesto's [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope descent]] [[GoMadFromTheRevelation into madness]] / [[BecomingTheMask possible corruption by the Beast]]), it seems as if [[spoiler:Johann]] is shaping up to be the ultimate BigBad of the comic.
*** [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2012-08-21 He was]]. And in fact the Beast was only [[spoiler:the king's eyes given life and sentience by their view of the Heart of Magic, plus the power of the Elemecca]], so ''it'' was the actual DragonInChief.
* DramaticDrop: Upon harsh shocks, things get dropped.
* DudeNotFunny: {{In-universe}}, making fun of someone's pack (or equivalent) is a major low-blow to the werewolves, as seen [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2010-03-11 here.]]
* EarthShatteringKaboom: The end of the War In Hell arc in ends with an EarthShatteringKaboom in hell, which is powerful enough to breach dimensional barriers.
* EasilyForgiven: Dominic and Co. forgive Szark, Snowsong, and Barnet rather quickly after their respective [[HeelFaceTurn Heel Face Turns]]. Of course, each has its own mitigating circumstances.
* EasySexChange: [[spoiler: The [[strike: cosmetic surgeon]] alterist Dom and Luna visit used to be a man.]]
* EldritchAbomination: The Beast, AKA [[FanNickname Snuggly]] or [[TheFlyingSpaghettiMonster Spaghetti Monster]].
** Though not portrayed as malevolent, the Hydra seen in the Vacation arc wouldn't be out of place in a Lovecraft story.
*** It's a hydra worshiped by half-fish people. If it's not a shout out to Shadow Over Innsmouth, what is?
** Miranda's teacher, as well as the Archmagi of the Fourth and Third circles.
** The aptly named "Guardian Destroyer" from the Plane of Destruction is regarded as one.
** The current BigBad of the comic. Interestingly, the majority of arch-magi that Miranda Deegan deals with appear ''benevolent'' versions of these. It is mentioned that one archmage is too small for a human to see, and another is as large is a city, and that their high-council chamber equalizes them in size for easy meeting.
* ElementalPlane: We've seen the Plane of Destruction; the existence of the other elemental planes is referenced occasionally.
* ElementalPowers: Nimmel specializes in "seasonal spells". So far, we've only had the chance to see [[KillItWithIce winter]].
* EpicFlail: Karnak [[spoiler: causes GrievousHarmWithABody [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2010-11-16 when he uses the chains that once restrained him]] to turn Siegfried into one of these!]]
** He then cranks this trope UpToEleven by [[spoiler: turning those same chains on Bulgak, right before his soul '''''[[StuffBlowingUp goes nova.]]''''']]
* EurekaMoment: Often, Dominic or other characters will be inspired by seemingly irrelevant conversation.
* EvilCostumeSwitch: Siegfried and Jayden each get one from Karnak.
* EvilCounterpart: Celesto is Dominic's. He even has a [[BeardOfEvil goatee]]!
* EvilPoacher: The "tour guides" of the Wild Edge are poachers in the off-season. Despite this, they seem to prefer to take their prey alive by using tranquilizers and nets. Although, alternately, given they apparently have no problem with slicing off bits of the tranquilized animal and then leaving it to bleed to death suggests they're not exactly humanitarian in their methods.
* ExactlyWhatIAimedAt: [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2010-08-19 This strip.]] Also a ChekhovsGun, or ForeShadowing.
* ExasperatedPerp: Dominic combines this with a JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind during an interrogation with Barnet [[spoiler: Travoria]]. It comes back to bite him.
* ExpositionBeam: Dominic does this often.
--> '''Dominic Deegan:''' ''See the truth!''
* EyeScream: The Infernomancer, whose eyes are wounds that will never heal as a result of a deal with Karnak. [[spoiler: That is, until he became a monster]].
** [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2009-12-16 Death From Above!]]
** [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2012-08-14 Might want to skip this one]] if you have a weak stomach. Long story short: [[spoiler: David Johann, having been blinded by the light of the Heart of Magic, decided the best use of his eyes would involve ''tearing them out himself.'']]
* TheFaceless: For several years, the King of Callan's face was either just off panel, or in one case behind a voice bubble. [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2011-04-15 This has since been rectified]].
* FanNickname: Before being given an official name, Quilt was called 'Patches' by the fandom.
** Some call '''T'''he '''I'''nferno'''M'''ancer... [=TIM=]?
** Readers have their own set of nicknames for most of their favorite minor characters, including Warlord Mustache, Punchy [=McStonefist=], Outrage Chief, and Snuggly/Squiggly, while Celesto earned the moniker "Collateral Damage Man" during the battle in Lynn's Brook. Meanwhile, snobby werewolf girl gets called "prejutits", the nameless mongrelwoman is dubbed "Bortette", and the unpleasant head tour lady is called "[[Film/{{Aliens}} Vasquez]]"[[note]]Mookie picked up on this one, and officially named her "Vazkes"[[/note]].
** The fans were likewise responsible for deciding the name of the [[AnimalHouse "A Nimmel House"]] story arc.
* FantasticRacism: Racism is rampant in the kingdom of Callan, specifically towards Orcs. It ''really'' came to a head with the Orc War. Callanians and Semashi don't seem to get along easily, either. Quite frankly, there isn't a nation on the planet that doesn't or at least hasn't indulged in this. Luna, a human with unusually large lower canines, has suffered spillover racism on occasion as well (her teeth look like orc tusks... at least to humans; orcs can easily tell the difference). That's the only thing she has in common with orcs, but nobody said racism was ''rational''.
** Oddly enough Luna's colleague Melna, an actual orc, has suffered far more at the hands of other orcs in her homeland than she ever did in Callan.
* FantasyContraception: Protection Scrolls; refusing to use one when he slept with Luna, then chewing her out when she talked him into using it, was one of Serk Brakkis's many KickTheDog moments.
* FantasyKitchenSink: Previously the comic featured knights, wizards, dryads, werewolves, undead, slimes, orks, dragons etc., but ever since the Dominic's and Luna's 'round-the-world trip story arc, this trope has gone into overdrive, with the author showing a ton of new races, i.e. merfolk, sea monsters, hobgolins, halflings, dwarves, mongrelfolk and whatnot in rapid appearance.
* FertileFeet: Luna
* FinalSpeech: [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2006-07-14 Siggy gets one.]]
** It also doubles as a CallBack, since he said the same thing at the conclusion of [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2002-06-03 his and Dominic's first meeting]].
* {{Flanderization}}: Szark Sturtz was originally a master swordsman and a sadist. Following his HeelFaceTurn and admittance to having a crush on the title character, he eventually became "Szark ([[PetHomosexual who is gay]])", according to one forum that follows the comic.
** Siggy's racism. Quilt's stupidity. Dominic's ability to plan ahead. Luna's bids for independence. Dex's timing for [[BigDamnHeroes Big Damn Hero]] moments.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The reformed "Baron of Burglary"-turned innkeeper [[spoiler: who's also an Elemental Changeling]] has just been introduced in Jayden's journey of repentance story but Word of God states that he'll definitely return [[spoiler: as a bad guy -- a good guy isn't that shifty-eyed]].
* FreudianExcuse: Often precedes a HeelFaceTurn, most notably with Snowsong and the Oracle Hunter.
** Karnak's was so over-the-top it made him tempting to sympathize with, since he hasn't even left Hell in so long he hasn't been casuing problems for any good guys.
* FramingTheGuiltyParty: Celesto's plan to expose the [[spoiler:King's partnership with The Beast]]. Dominic [[TakingAThirdOption takes a third option]] by saving Celesto's would-be victim and displays an image of [[spoiler:the King and The Beast together]] that is enough to arouse suspicion in the eyes of the public.
** The same plan is also employed simultaneously to use the paintings of an artist [[GoMadFromTheRevelation driven mad by the Beast]] ([[KickTheDog and Amelia]]) to expose the battlecasters' corruption. Again, Luna [[TakingAThirdOption takes a third option]] by making the battlecasters and Celesto visible to the gallery guests while still saving the innocent mages' lives.
* FrankensteinsMonster: Quilt is a golem made by dead people. But, he's pretty goofy and more like NightmareRetardant.
* FunWithForeignLanguages: Donovan Deegan speaks [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2006-02-26 comically bad orcish]]. Also a direct {{Homage}} to the ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' "Naughty Hungarian Phrasebook" sketch. [[spoiler: It's eventually revealed he's doing it on purpose, as [[AsideGlance foreshadowed]] [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2009-01-15 here]].]]
* GambitRoulette: Justified. Dominic uses his Second Sight to pull off [[ThePlan gambits]] that would be Roulettes for anyone else. Other characters comment on it, but they're not being GenreSavvy. Dominic likes to do TheReveal when his plans have come to fruition--or is occasionally forced to reveal his intentions when one of his plans goes awry. It's the major source of friction in his relationship with Luna (who spent most of her life abusively manipulated by her mother and sister).
** Some of the villains like to pull gambits of their own, leading to insane [[GambitPileup Gambit Pileups]] in at least two story arcs.
* GallowsHumor: Regularly, because there are so many [[DeadpanSnarker deadpan snarkers]] and pun addicts. One that was creepy at the time and has only grown worse in retrospect is [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2004-04-16 back in the 'Ecstasy and Evil' arc]].
* GenderBender: Male misogynist Stunt was subjected to a (very brief) gender bender in the Wild Edge territories story arc, before being turned into a half dozen other critters, and eventually changed back.
** [[spoiler: The alterist Dom and Luna visit used to be a man.]]
* GenericistGovernment
* GenreSavvy: Donovan, [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2009-05-22 though it's not]] [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2009-03-17 always appreciated.]]
* GirlsWithMoustaches: Apparently all the dwarf women, since the only one we see has a rather spectacular full beard.
* GlassCannon: Neilen, once he becomes linked to the brittle soil of Maltak.
* TheGlomp: [[spoiler: Dominic proposes to Luna with a [[WithThisRing Lunarian Solarstone]].]] Luna stands up and walks away, with Dominic looking crushed, until Luna tells him she just wanted a [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2007-12-22 running start.]] Dominic's [[OhCrap face]] is priceless.
** [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2011-05-12 Quilt]] shows his example.
* GoingCommando: [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2006-11-17 Pam.]] Quilt finds this out the hard way.
** Though [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2006-01-09 not]] [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2011-04-29 always.]]
* GoIntoTheLight: Played with; after the HeroicSacrifice of [[spoiler:Celesto]] [[TakingYouWithMe taking the Beast with him]], Dominic has a vision not only of the Heart of Magic, but [[MyLifeFlashedBeforeMyEyes flashes of the future for Callan]] [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments and all his family and friends]], then wants to "know more" and [[spoiler:goes through the doors to "go home"...but it's his seer powers as a personified being, "dying" and rejoining the source of all magic, while the real Dominic, though badly injured, lives on albeit {{Depower}}ed]].
* GoldfishPoopGang: Stunt and Bumper, for the first few arcs.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: Seems to be the fate of anyone who truly comprehends the Beast and its realm and powers. It happened to the poor painter and former children's illustrator Micheal Cao, and it also seems to be happening to Celesto thanks to [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow his spending far too much time]] [[EvilIsNotAToy imitating the Beast's appearance and powers]]. What's worse, even if he's even aware of this at all [[WellIntentionedExtremist he likely considers it]] [[HeroicSacrifice a small price to pay]] [[IDidWhatIHadToDo to bring the Beast down]], even if in the end it results in him [[BecomingTheMask becoming its servant in truth]], or [[HeWhoFightsMonsters no better than it]].
* GoodIsOldFashioned
* AGoodNameForARockBand: After much deliberation, Greg & Co. choose "Face Bath", inspired by what their very grievously injured [[AntiMagic immune-to-magic]] pal has to do every day to keep his wounds from festering. Also, during the Battle For Barthis arc the temporary rockband gets named "Oblivion Folder" after a file-folder that Lars Sturtz keeps misplacing temporarily.
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2006-04-18 Donovan and Miranda Deegan]]
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Nimmel, a good-natured graduate of the School of Arcane Arts is introduced with a scar encompassing his right eye and a good chunk of flesh around it, which was deliberately made to look as nasty as possible. He'd gotten the scar from an attack on the school, and his telling the attacker where to find Miranda, which ended the attack, is seen as cowardice by him. As he gains prominence, his scar looks a bit better, and Luna gets him to see that he saved his classmates' lives by telling the attacker, and he shouldn't think himself a coward for it.
* GroinAttack: "There's no need for -- [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2008-07-09 *BAM*]]"
** And earlier than that... [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2002-07-31 right in the "knighthood."]] ''Ouch.''
** [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2007-01-26 Reverse snowgie!]]
* GrotesqueCute: [[http://dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2010-07-07 This. Just this.]]
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[[folder: Tropes H-M]]
* HardHead: Rachel Hart. ''"I break things with my face."''
* HarmlessFreezing: Ice spells have a tendency to do this, which is handy, because they're the weapon-of-choice for several of the good guys. See Luna to Stunt and Bumper early in the comic, who come out of it with only the sniffles, and Nimmel more recently with a pair of werewolves.
** Averted with Snowsong, who turns a Golem into living ice so he can watch himself melt.
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: Mookie has a habit of reminding the readers in his newsposts that he loves boobs every time breasts appear or are mentioned in the comic.
* HaveIMentionedIAmGay: Szark. Once he comes out, he and the people around him can't stop mentioning it. This was mocked by fans who, whenever they would mention Szark, would write, "Szark (who is gay)"
** And yet described his budding love of death as "the feeling he felt towards ''girls''" (emphasis mine)
* HeManWomanHater: Stunt, to a ludicrous degree.
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: The King of Callan, in his initial appearances.
* HeadTiltinglyKinky: Hobgoblin mating season sex. Surprisingly, it ''is'' [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2008-08-19 safe for work.]]
* TheHeart: Early on, both Gregory and Luna fulfill this role for Dominic.
* HeroesWantRedHeads: The two younger Deegan brothers abide heavily by this trope, Luna having strawberry-blonde hair (though it's described as just "blonde") and Pam having a veritable mane of fiery red hair.
** Looks [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2005-07-31 blonde]] [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2006-09-17 to me]].
* HeroicSacrifice: Dominic attempts one of these to take out the Beast--twice.
* HollywoodHealing: The head of the Wild Edge guides goes from having a knife in the gut to running at full speed and surfing a slab of rock down an avalanche after Stunt patches her up, without any apparent use of anything more than some bandages and stitches, although they do dramatically pop out in the process.
* HollywoodTactics: Men, half of you will charge in to fight the enemy hand-to-hand! The other half will then take up their bows and fire into the melee! But remember: don't kill anyone!
* HolyHandGrenade: Miranda is able to turn one of the Infernomancer's gauntlets into a purified holy one...and then uses it later to destroy Helixa.
* {{Homage}}: It appears that the author got a lot of inspiration from ''TheSlayers'' anime, including several characters who start powering up a SphereOfDestruction [[spoiler: illusion]], not to mention the {{animesque}} character design and FantasyKitchenSink setting (although the person who pointed this out noted that [[GagBoobs Naga's]] breasts would hardly stand out in DD).
** [[spoiler: David Johann, the king of Callan and new BigBad is basically ''Slayers''[='=] Priest Rezo (points by [=ZeeToo=]): Masters magic, produces wonders, widely hailed [but] can't fix [his] own eyes. Makes pact with otherworldly monsters. One of the '''five''' biggest magic-users in the setting. He's also a combination of "elected queen" Amidala, Lex Luthor (super-genius with good-ish publicity) and Vegeta (powerful hand-lasers).]]
* HospitalHottie: Nurse Pam, particularly during the Hello, Nurse! arc.
* HotLibrarian: Pam Chayler. Well, hot ''nurse'', but the trope still applies.
* HotScientist: Cassafinn Sunderliss
* HotTeacher: [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2007-03-19 Dominic, apparently.]] And Cassafin, pre-promotion.
* HumiliationConga: The last EvilPoacher is paralyzed, peed on by a cloud-creature, and eaten alive by slimes.
** Earlier, Serk Brakkis winds up along these lines - after having his toupee impaled, he finds every crime he's committed in the prior few years paraded past him one by one, leading to his SmugSnake mannerisms [[VillainousBreakdown completely disintegrating.]] And to top it all off, he's then teleported back to Callan via ''lightning.''
* HurricaneOfPuns: Lots of them. Sometimes one-sided, sometimes a volley between two characters, and sometimes the entire on-panel cast will join in.
* HowlOfSorrow: One use of werewolf howls is to announce the break-up of a pack. Given what breaks up a pack...this is generally a combination of rage and painfully deep sorrow. And it doesn't just announce ''that'' the pack has broken up, it announces exactly ''why'' it's broken up.
* AnIcePerson: Stonewater, Nimmel, and of course [[MeaningfulName Snowsong]].
* IAlwaysWantedToSayThat: [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2005-10-16 Dance, Puppets! Dance!]]
* [[IAmNotLeftHanded I Am Not Right Handed]]: Szark
* IJustKnew: Constantly, especially in Maltak. Huk Thak once pulls this off [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2009-02-26 three distinct times in a single 8-panel strip.]] The best part is that the last one turns out to be completely inaccurate.
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: Dominic's mindscape battle with Szark.
** Dominic, on the verge of mindbreak ''and'' being corrupted by the Beast, is snapped out of it and able to unify the two halves of himself with the help of his students. Specifically Prento [[spoiler:using [[CallBack the same combination of spells]] he did when trying to save him from Barnet, and later mindbreak, with the same anticlimactic result--but [[SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay identifying]] that Prento was real and not just one of the Beast's illusions]].
* IllKillYou: '''[[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2005-08-08 I KILL YOU!]]'''
** And that was the eponymous lead character biting his crystal ball after it showed him visions of his girlfriend's ''really evil'' ex breaking her heart and plotting to have her commit suicide a few months back.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: The reasons run the gamut from bad days at work to [[ItMakesSenseInContext vomiting up a "virus spell" after a long and arduous psychic battle]].
* IfICantHaveYou: Karnak's motive for attacking Miranda.
* IgnoredEpiphany: Bulgak's desperate effort to deny the evil he accepted and committed as an Infernomancer.
** His eventual acceptance of his evil is juxtaposed against Siegfried's [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2010-12-07 inability]] to do so.
* ImportantHaircut: Nimmel [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2010-03-19 gave himself one]].
** Gregory later inverts this and has his hair made much longer via hair alterist when he starts his band.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: The Rhazgala are apparently such good archers that they can fire volleys into the air into a melee with such accuracy as to only score non-lethal hits, a pretty much impossible feat in real life.
* ImprovisedGolems: Nimmel's [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2010-03-10 Improvised snow golem]]
* ImStandingRightHere: When Miranda reflected on how her parents reacted to her and Donovan's engagement, they were incredibly uncouth in regards to their opinion of him. Donovan reacts by saying this exactly.
* InLoveWithYourCarnage: [[spoiler: Ripping apart the poachers solidifies Bort's love for "Bortette".]]
* InTheEndYouAreOnYourOwn: Despite all the others who undertake the quest with him, Dominic usually fights the BigBad alone.
** Despite leading the entire Shintula tribe to the Bikta camp, Thuen Gor is the only one who does any fighting.
* IncrediblyLamePun: Most, if not all, of the hurricaned puns, at a bare minimum, make people rolls their eyes. In other cases...
* InformedAbility: Reinholdt is supposedly trained in "Wasteland Survival", and yet clearly has no idea what he's doing. ** Since it's a Magical Wasteland [[DeathWorld Dead World]] and all around WorldOfWeirdness, it would be silly that the same limits should apply to the letter of the law.
* InfinityPlusOneSword: The Sword of Centuries, a legendary sword so magically powerful it can deflect spells from the king of all wizards. Donovon Deegan [[CallBack wrote a song about it way back when]] [[spoiler: he never mentioned it was ''his sword'']].
* InsistentTerminology: Inverted. Brett Taggerty called Gregory a faggot and Rachel a dyke at about every opportunity. Neither, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome especially Rachel]], would put up with his crap.
* InstantExpert: Chance Masters was apparently terrible at physical activities and didn't expect sword fighting to be any better. To his surprise he beat his foe on the first try! [[spoiler: He may or may not be playing host to an abomination.]]
* IronicEcho:
-->'''Vilrath''': Listen to me well, seer, because I'm only going to say this once. You are no match for me.
-->*''later''*
-->'''Dominic''': Listen to me well, seer, because I'm only going to say this once. I'm not afraid of you.
* {{Irony}}: Chance Masters is first shown as a wealthy arrogent bully who gives special attention to another boy with a ponytail. It turns out [[spoiler: "Ponytail" used to bully Chance because Chance sucked at sports and he ("Ponytail") thought that all rich kids were jerks because that's how his "action books" always portrayed them (apparently ''Richie Rich'' doesn't exist in Callan)]].
* ItHasBeenAnHonor: [[spoiler:[[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2006-07-14 Siegfried's]]]] FinalSpeech.
* ItsPersonal: After [[spoiler:the death of Bumper]], this is Stunt's attitude toward helping Dominic take down the BigBad.
* ItsRainingMen: [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2009-12-01 Or in this case, souls]].
* {{Jerkass}}: Lord Siegfried Damaske, Stunt.
** Stunt gets CharacterDevelopment, eventually. Siegfried gets some of that and it was perfectly possible to be somewhat attached to him, but he also gets [[spoiler: killed, and dragged to hell, and turned into a demon servant, and then the true depths of his cruelty and self-delusion are displayed at length as he gloats in his brief ascendancy in hell, and then he gets his ass handed to him again, and then a guy's soul explodes and he's a pathetic, crippled demon, and then he ''eats his father's still-talking severed head in revenge for raising him to be a psycho'', and was last seen crying for somebody, anybody, to help him.]]
** Karnak was a {{Jerkass}} from day one. In the strip, not his actual life; he seems to have been a decent guy once, that nasty episode toward the end notwithstanding.
** Celesto over half the time. Collateral Damage Man is a title he earned by being really into that 'pfft, sacrifices for the cause' thing.
** Siegfried's dad. That Doma chieftain Melna whacks. TIM. Rilian rather often, despite being pretty definitely on the right side and having his good side. The MaDara kid.
** JACOB, though he seems to have finally got a clue. All the bad guys are jerkasses, partly because they all participate in some way in the strip's style of humor.
* JerkJock: Brett Taggerty and the majority of the Baccdair Brawlers fit this trope perfectly. Dex Garrit and Rachel Hart are the only athletes who don't.
** Several of the werewolves we've seen at Coldfire Academy fit this profile. Some of them soften, though, after the AlphaBitch [[KickTheDog goes too far]].
** Chance Masters is a spoiled brat who is excellent at fencing.
** [[spoiler:Chance's favorite target Heliner]] ''used'' to be one [[spoiler:and bullied Chance mercilessly.]]
* {{Jossed}}: The "creative misinterpretation" of the strip mentioned in the description is undercut quite a bit by the fact the supposed "murder victim" shows up perfectly fine later.
* JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind: Dom's gone into other peoples' minds, and currently [[spoiler: The Beast is probing Dom's physical brain but can't find his mind because (or in spite) of ''Dom's mind being inside his own head'' trying to reason with his mind/soul to prevent the dreaded MINDBREAK.]]
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: A certain elemental goes from a womanising scumbag to a insane mass of death earth attempting to kill one of the main characters. Then again, it was less "jumping" and more "shoved by Jacob".
** Dominic thinks that Celesto is going off the deep end [[spoiler:with his insane scheme to implicate the King and the Beast by murdering Chance with a fake Beast.]] What really worries Dominic is that Celesto is positively ''giddy'' about this plan. The power boost in chaotic magic from being the Champion of Chaos and [[spoiler: fighting The Beast's influence on his mind]] is eroding his will and slowly but surely pushing him to the edge.
* JustEatGilligan: [[spoiler:The treasure of Luana is an artifact that acts as a key, allowing its holder to open the door to the Heart of Magic. It has been stated that the Heart of Magic is ''not'' meant for mortals. Even though all of its guardians believe that any attempt to approach the Heart of Magic is an incredibly foolish act that can only ever lead to disaster, they make no effort to destroy it until the BigBad tries to claim it. They succeed in destroying it, but the BigBad proceeds to consume Dominic's second sight and gloats that it can just use that to find another way to unlock the Heart of Magic.]]
* KangarooCourt: [[http://dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2010-11-02 Well, at least Siegfried is honest about it]].
* KarmicDeath: Brett Taggerty and Serk Brakkis, from Celesto's (And some readers) point of view, anyway.
* KickTheDog: Among the first things we see Siegfried do are beat Dominic to a pulp for not giving him the prediction he wanted, and then beating Gregory, a crippled kid, with his own walking stick. Of course, he does PetTheDog a couple times later on.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Celesto Morgan's merciless exploding of [[spoiler:[[JerkJock Brett Taggerty]]]] and [[spoiler:[[SmugSnake Serk Brakkis]]]]. Merciless, and [[LudicrousGibs rather messy]], but executed on an AssholeVictim extraordinaire both times.
* KidsAreCruel: Even at universities studying the intricacies of magic, there are still bullies.
* KilledOffForReal: Klo Tark's ''second'' death seems to have stuck.
** Narrowly averted with Luna. At the end of the March Across Maltak arc Mookie said that he really considerd letting Luna die in order to get a more dramatic ending. He decided against it after considering how it would absolutely ''destroy'' Dominic and kill the future plot lines he planned out.
** In the start of the comic's last year, Mookie declares that not everyone will make it to the end...[[spoiler:and then kills Bumper.]] Followed now by all the archmages, the denizens of Aberthast Cathedral, [[spoiler:the Masters family, the Maestro...and Rilian. And Quilt and Celesto]].
* LargeHam: [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2008-01-10 Zelda]] (No, not ''that'' [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Zelda]]), an old friend of Domonic's during her appearance in the Oracle Hunter Arc. For more fun, remember that Zelda Zanzibar is based on a gag Mookie used to pull. Yes, in drag.
* LastEpisodeNewCharacter: An unseen character in the very last comic [[spoiler: calls Dominic "Dad"]].
* LawOfInverseFertility / BabiesEverAfter: Not sure how to classify this: [[spoiler: Luna was rendered infertile, but a few of her eggs survived. Since Dom's infertile as well she decides to donate them and the eggs will, to quote the alterist, "actually take on the genetics of the recipient."]]
** Could have adopted.
* [[InterfaceScrew Layout Screw]] The 8 frames of each strip can and have been screwed with to show something is happening in-universe relating to the metaphysical planes in one form or another. [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2008-02-01 This also allows for funny stuff to happen in the background.]]
* LetsWaitAwhile: Dominic and Luna holding off on sex until "the time was right."
* LettingHerHairDown: Nurse Pam
* LightIsNotGood: While the Akta isn't bad, being a force for life and healing, its most powerful practitioner, the Bikta spirit father, is a fanatical asshole.
** While White Magic in general is fueled by positive emotions and does positive things for people like healing or strengthening their bodies, it is not by strict definition 'good' but rather based on the aspect of creation, the exception being Holy Magic as a direct opposition to Infernomancy.
** Jacob discovers that the Blight isn't a form of necromancy, but rather out-of-control White Magic perverted by necromancers.
* LongingLook
* LoveAtFirstSight: Usually averted, but played straight with [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2009-05-14 Hansi and Kiya]].
* LoveItOrHateIt: Invoked in-universe with Greg's second band. At their opening concert, half the crowd walked out right off the bat, but the other half stayed and had a blast.
* LowerDeckEpisode: Occasionally, we're treated to an arc without our main characters: Hello, Nurse! and Built to Resist omitted Dominic and Luna in favor of Gregory, and Two Thief featured only a small cameo from Dominic.
** 2010 was basically a Lower Deck ''year'', to even out the fact that one story arc took up the entirety of 2009.
* LowestCommonDenominator: InUniverse - The concept was [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2008-01-31 relentlessly mocked here]].
* MadScientist: Jacob Deegan the necromancer.
* MadeOfIron: [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2004-08-10 Rachel "I Break Things With My Face" Hart]]
* TheMagicGoesAway: [[spoiler: The Maltak arc ends with the Orcs' magic being taken away by Maltak to aid its rebirth]]. It doesn't seem to be ''completely'' gone, though, more that they'll have to rediscover it.
** [[spoiler: And the next arc begins with Callanian Magic mysteriously malfunctioning as a result.]]
** [[spoiler:The Big Bad's entire motivation is to prevent this from happening to Callan.]]
** Courtesy of Dominic's [[spoiler:final]] vision, it actually turns out to be the opposite of this for Maltak, as their Chandaks come back and they become a great power of magic, while [[spoiler:Callan seems to be headed toward either a SteamPunk future]].
* {{Magitek}} / FunctionalMagic: What starts out as a pseudo-medieval fantasy world turns out to be a world with advanced arcane laboratories, magical electric guitars, heavy metal bands ... and, apparently, spandex. There's also magical surgery, magical CT scans, and magical obstetrics, as well as whatever magical devices that allowed them to learn about genetics.
* MakeoverMontage: Rachel Hart makes it happen.
* MamaBear: Mess with Miranda Deegan's kids, and she will [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2004-04-12 fuck]] [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2005-03-16 you]] [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2005-05-24 up.]]
* ManipulativeBastard: Dominic gets dangerously close to being one during the Super-Greg arc. He's far from the worst example though.
* ManlyTears: All over the place.
* MeaningfulFuneral: [[spoiler: Bumper]] gets a funeral pyre in the middle of town, plus some added context to let the readers know that he was well-known enough for the whole town to show up and that he was Quilt's friend.
* MeaningfulName: Donovan's orcish name, for one. For two, [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2006-06-26 Stonewater.]] For three, Huk Thak. For four, [[PunnyName Rocky the golem]].
** On a more symbolic note, "Karnak" is old orcish for [[{{Satan}} "The Morning Star"]]. Which comes off as FridgeBrilliance when you consider that he uses Bulgak as an exploding ball of doom wrapped around a chain by [[VideoGame/GodOfWar throwing him on their enemies]].
** Stunt is [[PsychopathicManChild stunted]]. The religion of his homeland, Scaplianism (it's not as sexually liberated as Luanianism and [[spoiler: his father being religious and abusive didn't help his view]]) might be a shout-out/take that at Episcopalians.
** The town of Lynn's Brook is named after the author's high school. [[TakeThat It's full of idiots. It later gets destroyed and Dom's parting gift is a hailstorm of thick books.]]
* MergerOfSouls:
** Acibek was a golem created by an ancient Elven tyrant who powered him with several souls combined together, many of them collected unwillingly, and [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters not happy about it]]. The Sylvan Oracle and her own creation "Dirk the Mighty" were similar golems.
** And there's also the Storm of Souls, a raging maelstrom of souls formed from deceased members of the chaos-worshipping cult The Chosen and intended to be their weapon to destroy the world with. Acibek sacrificed himself to trap it in a cage forged from his own souls [[spoiler: and centuries later the Sylvan Oracle sacrificed herself to destroy it]].
* MessianicArchetype: Luna has become this in the March Across Maltak arc, becoming essentially the Jesus of the orcs. She [[FertileFeet sprouts plant life wherever she walks]], can pull water from nowhere, and is literally powered by the gods of Maltak. Near the end of the arc, she dies and is promptly resurrected.
** Klo Tark died for your sins. Twice.
* MegatonPunch: [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2008-02-25 Miranda Deegan one-shots the Oracle Hunter.]] Complete with [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch one-word]] PreAssKickingOneLiner.
* MetalScream: [[http://dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2011-10-26 Weaponized]], even.
** HilariousInHindsight: Reading that strip now without making a [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]] reference is pretty much impossible.
* MightyWhitey: Nimmel is basically called one by Milov, as Milov explains just why he personally accepted him to the Coldfire Academy. It remains to be seen if we are supposed to be taking him seriously or [[UnreliableNarrator not]].
-->"You're a better werewolf then most werewolves."
** Arguably Luna during the Maltak arc(s), when she was divinely appointed to be unifier of the tribes by the elemental gods of Maltak.
* AMillionIsAStatistic: At the end of the Maltak Arc, much is made of Luna's personal sacrifices, but no mention is made of the [[RedShirtArmy heavy casualties]] of the Big Bikta Battle.
** It's [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2010-01-07 implied]] that the newly dead [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2010-01-20 came back]] rather than than return to the earth. That may have just been Jacob and those he was holding, but he didn't seem to be in control of it, he was simply assuring those two followed him.
* MindRape: [[spoiler: Siegfried hijacks a lunar divination between Dominic and Milov to do this, displaying his fate since the War in Hell ''and'' his past affair with Lady Jayden in order to force Milov into having a HeroicBSOD.]]
** [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2008-03-28 Dominic is accused of this by Barnet]] in a WhatTheHellHero moment. [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2008-03-25 It didn't help that she was already in a bad way]].
* MistakenForGay: Bumper could have sworn Stunt hated women because he was gay. It turns out he just really can't stand women, at least ones that throw fire balls at him.
* MomentKiller: PlayedForLaughs with [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2006-12-04 Dex]].
* MoodWhiplash: [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2010-07-14 This strip]] could be the trope picture. Switching directly from people [[AlasPoorVillain grieving, realisticly, over a villain]], to a bunch of [[SophisticatedAsHell posh slimes eating the same]].
** Before that, we have [[spoiler:Luna being returned to life]], by virtue of Dominic's heartbroken grief being interrupted by [[spoiler:her jolting awake so suddenly she headbutts him in the face]].
* MoreHeroThanThou
* MoreThanMindControl: Karnak's control of Szark and Siggy [[spoiler:after his damnation.]]
* MundaneUtility: Crystal balls are videophones. Frequently even when there's no one with scrying talent established on either end of the line. Scarlatti used [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2005-08-26 Tomen's Teleport Service]] to get to Barthis so quickly for the duel. And the people with flying spells use them all the freaking time, as well as Dominic's ability to 'bookmark' to any of a few set places instantly, as often as he wants.
** Also, alterism. It's basically plastic surgery, only magic and therefore with far more options. Like, presumably, ftm sex-change operations that really ''work,'' as it were.
** Magic ''is'' essentially mundane in this world, apart from not being available to everyone--even things like monitoring Hell are only deviations in scale from the routine. Some ritual stuff and horror and of course the major world-saving quests are the main exceptions.
* MurderTheHypotenuse: Karnak's attempted way of dealing with the love triangle between him, Miranda, and Donovan. [[spoiler: He [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone thought better of it]] without actually killing anyone, so one hopes it didn't count too much toward damnation.]]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: A lot. HeelRealization happens a lot, although sometimes (especially if your name is Celesto) it turns into IgnoredEpiphany pretty quick.
* MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels: Donovan's attempts at speaking orcish. [[spoiler: Its on purpose.]]
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[[folder: Tropes N-R]]
* {{Nerd}}: Dominic was a ''huge'' nerd as a kid. So is Prento Fallin, one of Dominic's students. Mookie proudly proclaims he is one in real life.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Several examples, including:
** A twofer NiceJobBreakingItHero, involving Gregory and [[JerkJock Brett Taggerty]]. First, a wasted Brett punches out Pamela, whom Gregory has a crush on, and dares him to fight back using his white magic. [[BerserkButton Gregory erupts into a geyser of white fire]]. ''Oops.'' The resulting tidal wave of WhiteMagic heals everyone in the hospital...with the unintended side effect of powering up Brett and the rest of his Slaughterball team, ''and'' sobers them up, too. '''''Oops.'''''
** Overlapping with OhCrap: The Infernomancer's response when Dominic tells him the demon lord he was supposedly bound to serve didn't have control over him: "Now I get to kill you the way I've always wanted to -- ''slowly!''"
** Miranda banishes the Infernomancer to "the planes beyond all reason and imagination...an unspeakable place between the known dimensions". Unfortunately this allows him to become corrupted and controlled by the Beast. Later, Dominic blasts Celesto into the same place when he destroys the Storm of Souls in the Elemecca; when Celesto breaks free later still due to the War in Hell, he accidentally brings the Infernomancer, and the Beast, to the Material Plane with him.
** Something the Shintula Chieftain experiences in the form of Luna's ChosenOne status, which would never have happened if he hadn't cursed the Callanians with the affliction that would lead Luna to being born with 'Tusk-Mouth' in the first place.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Jacob tries to kill Gregory by ripping the Blight of the Undead out of Gregory's body (through his unaffected parts). Turns out he just removed the RestrainingBolt [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2003-08-13 that hampered his white magical abilities.]]
** The Infernomancer stabs [[spoiler:Quilt]]...but that just allows him to get in close and impale him in turn, as well as [[spoiler:Rilian]]...thus corrupting the Infernomancer with the Blight and freeing Rilian's necromancy from the BigBad's control.
* NoBisexuals: Szark was apparently deluding himself that he was turned on by his wife back when he was a hedonist, even though hedonists don't go in much for that. Because he's gay now. Totally. And doesn't like women and makes gay jokes pretty much every time he opens his mouth. It's part of the HeelFaceTurn package. The monks helped him realize it and now he's comfortable with himself. Because [[SarcasmMode obviously]] only people who're [[DepravedBisexual sunk deep into depravity]] would like both girls and guys, and they also usually express that by having threesomes.
** Although, since he describes "the feeling he felt towards girls" as how he felt about killing other people for pleasure, it's quite likely that he means that it was something that brought him short-term pleasure but knew deep down wasn't what he wanted.
** Szark's relationship with Luna's sister is heavily implied to be the result of her using magic to enchant him, and that he has been gay all along. He even mentions that he was crushing on Dominic for a while when they were younger.
** During 'Two Thief' Szark makes a passing remark (and a tasteless joke) that revealed that at some point during the several hours Amelia had Bumper as her brainwashed 'exotic toy,' they fit in a foursome. This is technically rape, and one has to hope Bumper doesn't remember. That night was traumatic enough for him.
*** Actually, that was established in the original arc. Background of [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2004-01-22 panel two]]. He seems to be asleep.
** Celesto Morgan: Although, from what we have seen of him, he is more asexual, using sex simply as a tool for manipulating others.
* NoIndoorVoice: Inverted; anyone whose portrayed as talking really quietly or high pitched is written in no-caps.
* NoNameGiven: Stunt's female boss didn't get a name until the last page of the '''WILD EDGE!''' story, [[Film/{{Aliens}} (Gail Vazkes)]]; meanwhile several male poachers got names much earlier despite being {{Red Shirt}}s.
* NobleDemon: Averted. WordOfGod is that incarnations of evil are actually evil for once.
* NobleSavage: Orcs.
* NonLethalWarfare: [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2009-11-16 They're beating us up with their arrow volleys!]] Apparently the idea is the orcs were shooting to wound but...well, Arrow Volleys Do Not Work That Way.
** Almost immediately averted when the other side's leader uses nature magic to upgrade his troops' weapons with spikes. ''Then'' the archers start shooting to kill.
* NonMammalMammaries: The [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2008-06-19 Nagasta]] and the [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2008-07-15 Qualenti]]. Mookie has admitted this doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but put them in because, [[AuthorAppeal "I like boobs."]]
* [[NotInThisForYourRevolution Not In This For Your Pilgrimage]]: Initially Stunt doesn't care one whit for Jayden's spiritual journey into Eldariat (not that he actively wants to support her [[spoiler:supposed [[DeathSeeker quest for death]] either]]). All he cares about is [[OnlyInItForTheMoney the Lost Treasure of Luana]]. This changes a bit as they get closer to the end and explore each other's motivations for taking the pilgrimage together.
* NotSoDifferent: Not only is Celesto Morgan Dominic's EvilCounterpart (and opposing Champion during the Storm of Souls arc), but Celesto's tendency to believe IDidWhatIHadToDo, that UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans, to act as if he has an OmniscientMoralityLicense and is AboveGoodAndEvil, and his WellIntentionedExtremist thinking are all mirrored in Dominic being TheChessmaster and DesignatedHero who often gets accused of ProtagonistCenteredMorality, WhatTheHellHero, and MoralDissonance. Dominic, recognizing this, keeps trying to offer Celesto a way back to the light on numerous occasions (which he of course [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids sneers at]] and [[RedemptionRejection rejects]]) while Celesto, when he isn't offering Dominic the chance to [[WeCanRuleTogether join him and make the world a better place]], the way they think it "should" be, is usually calling Dominic on his manipulative actions and nastily underscoring their similarities. In a twisted way, even his stint as TheAtoner could be said to be Celesto [[MustMakeAmends attempting to make amends]] by turning himself into what [[EvilCannotComprehendGood he thinks]] [[YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame Dominic actually is]].
** [[spoiler:King David]] also tries to pull this on Dominic, based on their both being TheChessmaster and doing their level best to preven the tragedies they foresee. Of course Dominic's methods are nothing like his, and while he tries to prevent the death and suffering of loved ones and friends, [[spoiler:the king]] is trying to prevent [[SuperiorSpecies the loss of magical prominence]] [[FatasticRacism for Callan]] ([[ItsAllAboutMe and himself]]).
* ObliviousYoungerSibling: Gregory refuses to believe that his big brother Jacob is at all evil... until Jacob admits he tried to kill him.
* OddCouple: Former thief, AntiHero, and DeadpanSnarker [[HeManWomanHater Stunt]] is paired up with good-hearted, noble (if [[MyGreatestFailure tainted in her own mind]]) [[WhiteMage priestess]] Jayden on her spiritual pilgrimage of redemption. It ends up being ItsTheJourneyThatCounts which helps both of them let go of the past and Stunt [[LoveableRogue (perhaps not) fully]] [[HeelFaceTurn reforms]].
* OddShapedPanel: Whenever Dominic goes into another plane of existence, the standard panel arrangement disappears.
* OffhandBackhand: [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2004-01-24 With plants]]
** [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2009-09-28 Turns out Melna can]] DualWield.
* OffModel: Mookie has problems drawing female bodies without looking off.
* OffWithHisHead: [[spoiler:King David]]'s fate courtesy of Stunt, after Donovan stabbed him InTheBack. ([[NoKillLikeOverkill And then he gets blown up along with the Sanctum]].)
** Earlier in the comic, [[spoiler: the Doma chief]]'s fate, courtesy of Melna, [[spoiler: thus avenging her family]]. Made more awesome by being delivered not with a sword-blow, but [[DropTheHammer by smashing it clear off his shoulders with Stonewater's hammer]].
* OhCrap:
** The Shintula Chief tells Luna to choose her words carefully...[[http://dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2009-06-29 She does indeed.]]
** The Shintula gives Jacob a good one [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2009-08-28 here]].
** Miranda Deegan, a woman who has stared down devils and demons and kicked their asses, has this expression [[http://dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2010-06-02 when she goes to see her little boy's band playing.]]
--->'''Gregory''': Hey, everyone. We're '''Facebath!''' AND WE'RE HERE TO '''KICK YOUR ASS!'''\\
'''Miranda''': oh dear.[[note]]See NoIndoorVoice above[[/note]]
** [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2007-03-16 Here]], Neilen does it for three panels in a row.
** [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2012-02-22 "Oh crap"]]
** [[spoiler:The Infernomancer]] goes bug-eyed and whimpers [[LittleNo "oh, no"]] [[http://dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2013-01-30 when he realizes where he is and who is there to greet him on arrival.]]
* OneWayVisor: [[spoiler: Damned Siegfried and corrupted Jayden]]
* OneWingedAngel: The diminutive Dirk the Mighty can transform into a powerful ogre. Infernomancers like Caylen Bren and Bulgak become more obviously demonic the more they tap into their demon lords' power. After becoming the servant of an EldritchAbomination, TIM shifts between a mostly human form and a mass of tentacled horror at will.
* OnlySixFaces: {{Lampshaded}} [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2009-05-01 here.]] There are other occasions where it's clear that Mookie is aware of it. Dex Garrit and Dominic Deegan look alike because they share similar hair. The [[DramaticUnmask mystery and dramatic reveal]] of the Oracle Hunter's identity was only able to keep the reader guessing because of this trope.
** Gets kind of ridiculous when you add GenerationXerox: Dom and Greg look like their mother and father while their older brother has their mother's parents' [[SkunkStripe hair]] and better-than-thou attitude. It also kind of messed-up [[spoiler: the dramatic entry of The Infernomancer into the Beast's and King Johan's plot since wasn't named and he looks like a buffed-up Greg with cool gauntlets]].
* OmniscientMoralityLicense: Lots. Especially Rilian. And his [[OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness Omniscient Council of Random Secondary Characters Plus Dragon]].
* OpenTheIris: They're [[{{Animesque}} anime style]] characters. The sizes of their irises/pupils change with their emotions.
* OrcusOnHisThrone: Since his reveal as The Beast's partner-in-crime, [[spoiler:the King of Callan]] has been fairly passive overall. It's eventually revealed that this is because [[spoiler:he was waiting for the Beast's champion the Infernomancer to regenerate. It also highlights just how little he thinks of his enemies' efforts against him.]]
* OurOrcsAreDifferent: [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2007-04-11 Herbivores]]
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: Are their own culture, and come in two flavors: Werewolves, and Spellwolves. Both can shift at will, and retain pretty much all their mental faculties. Spellwolves are a special, rarer type of Werewolf that can use considerable magical power. The moon is significant in the culture, and Spellwolves can use the full moon to scry like seers.
* OutOfFocus: Given the comic's [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters large character base]] and varied locations, it's not uncommon for the focus to change drastically from arc to arc. Supporting characters like Milov and Jayden will sometimes disappear for arcs at a time, and even main characters like Dominic and Luna will occasionally take an arc off.
** After the end of the Maltak arc, Dominic and Luna were absent from the comic for nearly an entire year.
* OverlyLongName: A really, ''really'' early gag with Siggy's full name. We don't hear the whole thing again for [[WebcomicTime eight years]].
* PaintItBlack: The Nakta does this to Luna's hair.
* PantyShot: In-universe example; Quilt has rudimentary second sight. Only problem is, when he uses it, the image is always the same...[[spoiler:right up Pam's legs]].
* PapaWolf: Though not as rabid as Miranda, when you're around Donovan, it's really not a good idea to screw with Dominic or Gregory. There's also the Shintula Chief, as Jacob [[http://dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2009-08-31 learns the hard way]].
** Don't forget the poppa furry things of the Wild Edge.
* TheParagon: Dominic and Luna's goal in the Maltak arc.
* PardonMyKlingon: [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2006-02-04 Ilka Tuk Tak]], as well as "Kegak," which seems to be more of a direct insult.
** [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2006-04-18 This strip]] gets funnier if you imagine the phrase means "motherfucker", although anything with fuck in it is probably broad enough for the number of places "Ilka Tuk Tak" get's used.
*** Given a lookup in a Scots dictionary, Ilka Tuk Tak would translate to "Gather each thorn." Taken as an idiomatic phrase meant to convey an incredibly demeaning and humiliating task (or the feeling associated with it), this meaning makes sense and fits with their culture/herbivorous nature.
** Later comics give us "kiak", "fak", "uruk", and "thok".
* ParentExMachina: Miranda, somewhat exceptional in that the main character is (ostensibly) no longer a child. Actually lampshaded at one point when Miranda tries a few puns on the phrase, including "Mama Ex Machina" and "Deus Ex Momina," and, after seeing the confused reactions of her audience, she settles for, "I'm his mother, and I'm going to fix everything."
* PetHomosexual: Szark. Oh, Szark.
* PetTheDog: [[spoiler:Jacob resurrecting Luna.]] "Don't say I've never done anything for this family."
** Just after Celesto [[spoiler:kills Brett Taggerty]]: "''Go.'' Get out of here. Run home to your daughter, hold her tight, and thank her for that 'good luck pinch.' [[ItMakesSenseInContext It just saved your life.]]"
* PhantomZone: A nameless, [[CosmicHorror Lovecraftian]] dimension exists that has, so far, been used as a convenient way to get rid of villains so they can return later. Although the indiscriminate infiltration of tentacles into their various orifices seems to be a bad side effect of staying in this dimension for too long.
* PimpedOutDress: Amelia's dresses
* PlanetOfHats: In this case, Tribe of Hairstyles. Every tribe in Maltak is given their own adjective.
* PlayAlongPrisoner: Dominic to [[spoiler:Johann]], in order to save his friends and family and get back the Lost Treasure of Luana. After viewing the Heart of Magic however, [[BecomingTheMask it's not clear how play-along he actually is now]].
* PokeInTheThirdEye
** A literal version of this occurs when the Beast, possessing a [[spoiler:corrupted [[DoppelgangerAttack version of Dominic's body]]]], gets stabbed in its third eye by [[HoistByHisOwnPetard one of its own fangs]] it had bitten Dominic with.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Siegfried, Siegfried's father and Brett Taggerty come to mind
* PornStash: [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2008-02-28 You never guess WHOSE porn stash it's referring to...]]
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: A rare case of this being presented in a ''positive'' manner. At the conclusion of the Maltak arc, [[spoiler: the souls of the Orc dead are absorbed back into Maltak to help it recover. Essentially, the souls of the Orcs have been turned into spiritual mulch]].
** Rather, it's explained that this was a natural cycle that the poison in Maltak was halting, which is why the place was barren in the first place.
** An Acibek is a golem created by merging multiple souls into a single collective entity using Order magic. The original Acibek was created by the elf tyrant Raf Maliksh using the souls of his ''own followers''. It's no wonder Acibek immediately turned on Raf in disgust. Two other characters, Dirk the Mighty and Leaflette the [[spoiler: former]] Sylvan Oracle, are also Acibeks. Dirk was created by Leaflette to be a guardian for the Dryad using the souls of a tree ogre, slumber flower, and a halfling. Leaflette was created by the original Acibek using an unknown combination of souls. This is also an unusually positive case: Acibek assures the loved ones of Raf's sacrifices that the souls inside him are at peace within his collective being.
** The EvilCounterpart of the Acibek, the Storm of Souls, is as nasty as it sounds. It's an EldritchAbomination composed of the souls of the Chaos worshipping Chosen that can devour other souls as well. Unlike an Acibek, the souls within the Storm are ''not'' at peace.
* ThePowerOfLegacy: Used twice: once when Donovan sees Karnak jump into Hell after beating him to a pulp, he chooses not to tell Miranda about what had happened. Later on, Dominic follows his father's example by telling Milov and Jayden that Siegfried died as a knight of Callan, even though he was a genocidal maniac who [[spoiler: promptly went to Hell.]] The first example is the TropeNamer and is [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2006-04-13 found here.]] The second one is [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2006-07-20 here.]]
* ThePowerOfRock: Papa Deegan's specialty; Greg seems to have inherited it.
* PrecisionFStrike: [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2010-06-04 And Mookie makes no apologies]].
** An earlier example was when a character said "shit" for the first time, though Mookie played up on it in his post, despite much more mature content done in previous comic strips. Specifically, he had originally intended the character to say "OhCrap", but felt "Oh shit" was stronger and fit better.
* PrettyInMink: One of Amelia's dresses. Miranda's mother had a fur muff.
* ProgressivelyPrettier: Luna's tusks have become noticeably less, er, protrusive, over the years.
* PsychicNosebleed: Dominic gets one after [[spoiler: banishing a demon overlord with his mind]].
** Celesto is frequently a victim of this as it slowly becomes harder and harder for him to fight off The Beast's influence on his mind.
* PureMagicBeing: Several.
* PutOnABus: [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2004-05-21 Szark]] and [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2007-08-18 Snowsong]] are sent to the Aberthast Cathedral for a while to get counseling after they nearly go off the deep end.
** There's also [[spoiler: Luna's sister,]] Barnet, who's currently in jail awaiting trial.
** At the conclusion of the Maltak arc, Reinholdt is put on a mountain.
** Nimmel when he left for the Winter Archipelago for some wacky nudist werewolf hijinx!
* PygmalionPlot: Leaflette fell in love with her creator Acibek. An odd case, since both of them are golems created using the same process. Sadly, [[spoiler: they only get to be TogetherInDeath.]]
* BlackComedyRape / DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: When revealing how Luna lost her virginity, there's a one-panel sight gag of a panicked Dominic [[TiedToTheBed tied up]], wearing cat ears, and screaming "help!", with the information that he slept with Gregory's friend Rachel the mercenary on their first date, and "[[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2005-07-22 didn't have much of a choice]]."
* RapeAsDrama: Given an unusual examination with Stonewater and Melsheena, but many of its regular subtropes played straight.
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Stunt, in his early days of [[StrawMisogynist semi-violent misogyni]] still [[EvenEvilHasStandards gets appaled]] by the implication that he'd use [[SlippingAMickey "Sin City Specials"]] while in Erossus.
* RealitySubtext: One can't help but notice that soon after Mookie and his lady-friend broke up, the BetaCouple who were madly in love with each other break up after she cheated on him.
* RealMenWearPink: Dominic's father, Donovan, is the TropeNamer.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: The Beast delivers one to Celesto:
-->Pathetic. Hard to believe I ever considered you a threat. Look at you. A sad imitation of a real seer, and more animal than oracle. You cling proudly to your "identity", but at your most powerful you are not yourself. You are me. But unlike me...and unlike a true champion...you cannot bear the power you are granted. You don't even possess enough power to fuel a [[SuperpowerMeltdown Mindbreak]], like a real seer. Without your stolen powers and cheap imitations, you are nothing. Well, maybe not "nothing". You can still serve one purpose...as an appetizer.
** This is subverted, however, when in the end Celesto not only [[spoiler:uses his chaos magic to blow up the Beast's corrupted clone of Dominic, [[HeroicSacrifice he sacrifices himself]] with a detonation when the Beast [[TakingYouWithMe tries to pull him down into the heart of the Elemecca with it]]]]. Just prior to this, both Dominic and Celesto get to give their own TheReasonYouSuckSpeech back to the Beast, and even Mookie gets in on the act in the newspost.
-->'''Dominic''': When we first encountered the Beast...[[TheDreaded we were all so scared of it]]...but the more we learned...the more we discovered...the less frightening it became...until...[[NotAfraidOfYouAnymore I can't believe I was ever scared of you]].
-->'''Celesto''': [[WannabeDiss Hard to believe]] [[IronicEcho I ever considered you a threat]].
-->'''Mookie''': Dominic's reflection on The Beast in the second half of today's comic is true about most things we're frightened of. [[NothingIsScarier The unknown is the scariest element of all]]. Knowledge dispels fear as it creates understanding, and even the mightiest of monsters can be reduced to a stain on the ground. Over time, knowledge of The Beast has diminished it. From [[EldritchAbomination a disembodied, eldritch god-fiend from an unknowable place]]...[[spoiler:to [[EyeScream the discarded eyes of a mad king]], [[BigBadWannabe given parasitic life in a planar garbage dump]].]]
* RedRightHand: Jacob Deegan has (had?) one skeletal hand.
* RedShirt: A lot of these guys are lost in Built to Resist. They don't call Celesto [[FanNickname 'Collateral Damage Man']] for nothing.
** Also anyone who wins a named appearance in the comic.
* RedShirtArmy: The Rhazgala clan, in the final battle of March Across Maltak.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Not only does he show up in a BigDamnHeroes moment in the Elemecca, but when the Beast has created a corrupted doppelganger of Dominic and is also still corrupting Dominic himself, instead of blasting both of them to be sure he got rid of every last bit of his enemy, Celesto spares Dominic, only destroying the Beast. This may have been a mistake, since the Beast ''still'' wasn't dead and ends up [[TakingYouWithMe pulling him down into the Elemecca with it]]...leading Celesto to [[HeroicSacrifice set off a chaos explosion to kill them both]].]]
* RedemptionInTheRain: Played straight, in Maltak, where [[spoiler: the orc tattoos washing off]], was used to show show [[spoiler: their powers are returning to nature]].
* RetiredBadass: [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2009-02-05 Donovan Deegan]].
* {{Retcon}}: Borderline: What happened to Stunt's mother and why. [[spoiler: In a deleted comic, Stunt said he "slit her nasty throat" because she was abusive. That was removed and replaced with one where he just said she was his first murder. Then it turns out he was just trying to scare her and his mother's lesbian lover apparently (accidentally?) pushed her in front of his knife.]]
* TheReveal: Throughout the Oracle Hunter Arc, it's heavily implied that Barnet is the illegitimate child of Donovan and a woman he dated prior to meeting Miranda, making her Dominic's [[LongLostSibling half-sister]]. However, it's later revealed that she's actually [[spoiler: one of Luna's sisters]].
** The identity of the Beast's power source/magical ally in the mortal plane: [[spoiler:the king of Callan]]. Extended when it is revealed that, "political implications aside", [[spoiler:he was not only [[HumansAreSpecial the first human ever allowed]] to join the Circle of the Archmagi, a circle was actually ''invented'' for him to hold. [[OhCrap He is one of the most powerful magi in Callanian history, and he's trying to kill them all]].]]
* RuleOfCool: Mookie is known to invoke continuity errors or unexplained events for the sake of coolness. For example: why does [[http://dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2009-10-09 Melna's hammer]] have lightning coming from it when she [[spoiler:kills the Doma chief]]? Because "it's pretty f* cking metal."
** Mookie also invoked this involving a RainOfArrows that inexpicably changed direction from one strip to another:
--->'''Mookie''': Okay, I know in yesterday's strip that the Rhazgala archers all had their bows pointed up and today those arrows are flying horizontally past Suyan's head. This "continuity error" is just a dramatic choice on my part because I felt the arrows flying straight on past him looked cooler.
* RuleOfFunny: Apparently, this is why bards do anything.
** Including spending ''two decades'' [[spoiler: ''intentionally'' misspeaking orcish]]!
* RunningGag: Quite a few. Sparks' "DeathFromAbove", "Fear My....Illusion", and the habit of everyone making bad puns.
** Also Mookie himself pointed out in a comic "And so with Chris's death today I continue the tradition of killing people who win a named appearance in the comic via [=ConnectiCon's=] Webcomic Charity Auction."
** Lower Back Problems
** '''CURSE YOU, RUNCIBLE SPOON!'''
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[[folder: Tropes S-Z]]
* SadistTeacher, subverted. During his tenure as a teacher, Dominic gained a reputation of being a hardass before the first day of class even began. He admits that Second Sight (the course he was teaching) would be hard, as there is a lot of history and heavy reading involved. Despite this, he has a positive relationship with his students, and vice versa.
* SayMyName: After [[spoiler:Siegfried is freed from Karnak's control]], [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2010-09-20 he spends]] [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2010-09-29 the next]] [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2010-10-04 several comics]] [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2010-10-06 traversing the Hellscape]] shouting "'''''KARNAK!'''''" When he shouts the name again, he grabs a spear mere inches away from his face, [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2010-10-11 thrown by Karnak who says,]] [[DeadpanSnarker "I heard you the first time."]]
* ScarfOfAssKicking: Dominic's never without his scarf, not even in psychic battles.
** [[MemeticBadass Of course not. It's the reason he can hold his own in them.]]
** [[ScarfOfAssKicking Scarf Of]] AsskickingEqualsAuthority? During the meeting of the new-and-last chiefs of the Orc tribes, most of them have a scarf on, and Mookie's commentary notes that a scarf in this comic makes you badass.
* ScrewDestiny: At the end of the Maltak arc, Melna tells fate to kiss her ass. A few comics later, Kiya steals her line.
** This is pretty much what Dominic does throughout the comic. The only time fate ever won was with the "Fated Fatal".
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Serk Brakkis
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Nielen [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2007-04-02 pulls a glorious one]] after being told that [[spoiler: his punishment for attacking Dominic and Luna was to be promoted to Runcible Spoon's personal assistant.]]
--->''I quit I quit I quit I quit I quit I quit OH DEAR LORD'' '''''I QUIT!'''''
* ScryVsScry: Dominic and Celesto, several times.
* {{Seers}}: One of the hallmarks of the comic. Dominic and Celesto are the prime examples.
* SelfDefeatingProphecy: Dominic's second sight shows the unaltered future: What the future will be if he doesn't do something specially to change it.
* SensibleHeroesSkimpyVillains: The female villains tend to dress a LOT sexier than female protagonists.
* ShoutOut: A few [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2003-09-13 visual]] references to ''GuiltyGear'', among others.
** If [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2010-04-08 that's]] not a ShoutOut to SystemOfADown then I don't know what is.
** [[ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} "I'm not trapped [in Hell] with you, you're trapped in here WITH ME!"]] The author claims it was accidental. Coincidentally, the same quote happens to be his friend [[CtrlAltDel Tim Buckley's]] forum signature on his own website.
** Dominic's Father's grasp of [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2006-02-26 orcish]] bears a striking resemblance to Creator/MontyPython's Hungarian Phrasebook sketch. "I cannot wait til lunchtime" is a direct quote.
** [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2008-10-19 This strip]], with "Ghost in the Spell" as an obvious shout-out to ''GhostInTheShell''.
* ShutUpAndSaveMe: The TropeNamer, [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2002-08-14 here]].
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2009-06-09 Or]] [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2010-01-14 Orc Woman]]. My orcish is a bit rusty, but I think this is what it implies. Kiak?
* SmallNameBigEgo: [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2002-09-23 "Look, ball-for-brains, just use your vision to tell me how awesome I am.]]
* SmugSnake: Serk Brakkis.
* SnarkyNonHumanSidekick: Spark
* SomeOfMyBestFriendsAreX: [[KnightTemplar Siegfried]] uses almost the trope name in the 'War in Hell' storyline after Dominic calls him a racist. Unusually, what he says is absolutely true and not particularly tainted by stereotyping or tokenism: One of his best friends ''is'' a spellwolf. It's just orcs. He has this huge problem with orcs. Oh, but "[[CompletelyMissingThePoint orcs aren't people]]."
* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: How Dominic realizes that [[spoiler: the redhaired prisoner in Callan is Klo Tark.]]
* SophisticatedAsHell: Dominic and Luna, during their vacation after meeting a dragon:
-->'''Luna's narration''': ''Dominic and I, having just been in the presence of such a majestic creature, reacted the way any pair of intellectuals would have...''\\
''(Dominic and Luna stare at each other)''\\
'''Dominic and Luna''': ''(bouncing up and down)'' DRAGONDRAGONOHMYGODDRAGONOHGODOHWOWDRAGONDRAGON!
* TheSpiny / WolverineClaws: "Bortette" is covered with giant, random spikes [[spoiler: that she can stab you in the face with]].
* StealthPun: The Yuvonir, a [[TurtleIsland mole-montain]] - [[DontExplainTheJoke it makes mole hills out of mountains.]]
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: In the first story arc, both Siegfried and Spark use the phrase, "In my defense, it had tusks" to describe Luna (which Dominic catches right away when Spark says it). The two instances occur [[ComicBookTime several days apart]]. Subverted in the second case, as it turns out Spark ''wasn't'' referring to Luna, but to a sea monster that ''also'' had tusks.
* StrawCritic: A highly-regarded but unnamed and unseen music critic shows up in ThePowerOfRock story. He thrashes Greg's "dumbed-down" music and while he doesn't exactly praise FACEBATH's proto-metal he does like that it's original; naturally by that point Greg and his two bandmates (a dude with tuskmouth and the jerkass bisexual(?) elf son of his father's bandmate) don't care.
* SuddenlyVoiced: Variation with Bort the mongrelman: he could talk when introduced, but only in brief bits of HulkSpeak. During the final arc of the comic when he shows up to help, thanks to [[AWizardDidIt a combination of Celesto's magic and that of the Elemecca]] he can talk normally--and he's as surprised as Dominic is. Even funnier, he speaks in near-SesquipedalianLoquaciousness.
* SuperheroEpisode: Super-Greg
* [[SuspiciouslyIdleOfficers Suspiciously Idle Knights]]: The knights on Serk's take during Scarlatti's duel with Sturtz.
* TakeMeInstead: Dominic's offer to [[spoiler:Johann]], to end the ZombieApocalypse and save his family and friends.
* TakingYouWithMe: The Beast tries this several times with both Dominic and Celesto. [[spoiler:It finally succeeds with the latter, only for the seer to turn the tables by destroying them both with a chaos explosion.]]
-->'''The Beast''': Pathetic seer! If I must go, I'll take you with me!
-->'''[[spoiler:Celesto]]''': ...[[FamousLastWords took the words right out of my mouth]].
* TalkToTheFist: This [[http://dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2009-06-26 strip]].
** Siegfried pulls one [[http://dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2010-10-05 on a hallucination/flashback]].
* ATankardOfMooseUrine: Reaction to Human beer from Orcs and Dwarf beer from Halflings.
* TautologicalTemplar: Siegfried, at least at first.
* TearOffYourFace: Jacob.
* TearsOfRemorse
* TheWorldIsJustAwesome: [[http://dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2013-05-06 "The reality of it all is overwhelming. And beautiful."]] What makes this even better is that it's based on [[TruthInTelevision Mookie's reaction to the Hubble telescope revealing ten thousand galaxies.]]
* ThereAreNoTherapists [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2008-05-05 "I think you people need to stop dumping all of your problems on me. I'm a CAT!"]]
* ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself: Chief Thuen Gor orders his men to stay back while he fights the Bikta Chief alone.
** JustifiedTrope if you take his 'They stayed back because I told them to' as an admission that he might hurt his own tribe if he really went all out against the Bikta Chief. Given that their fight was interrupted before Thuen Gor got serious, we'll never know.
* TitleDrop: Dominic once referred to himself as an "[[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2007-09-04 Oracle for Hire]]" near the start of the Shadow of Siegfried arc.
* ToHellAndBack
* TonightSomeoneDies: Done with the "Fated Fatal" Dominic goes through early in the War in Hell story arc, which he says means someone he knows will die, and there's nothing he can do about it.
** WordOfGod promised that someone would not be returning from Maltak. Several deaths were teased, but in the end, [[spoiler: Reinholdt is [[PutOnABus required to stay in the magic mountain]]]].
** As the comic enters its final year Mookie proclaimed that there would be several character deaths in the coming story arcs. [[spoiler: A comic page before the Infernomancer drives his claws right through Bumper's chest]].
* TooDumbToLive: The poachers are dumbed down to irrelevance, even by the standards of a fun story about weird critters and murdering bad guys. They're hunting a mongrelman, an unknown quantity that survives in the Wild Edge - a plain where RealityIsOutToLunch, known for giant horrible teeth bursting out of places you'd least expect, that has already killed some of them. They catch it by (1) throwing a net over it, and (2) gloating. This when they have been shown to have InstantSedation - causing tranquilizers that can knock out a tosserphant. There were body parts everywhere.
** Really, TooDumbToLive kicked in earlier, when the one guy decided to just ignore the leader's advice and pick up one of the little fuzzballs.
* TookALevelInBadass: Luna's taken a few over the course of the strip. Starting with this exchange: [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2004-02-11 When the hell did *Luna* gain self-confidence?!]]
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Dom's "[[CallARabbitASmeerp Mapvel Candies]]". Also, Spark really loves fish. But he is, after all, a cat. And, uh...yeah.
* TranquillizerDart: Instant paralysis darts that seem to only be in effect while they're still stuck in the person.
* TravelingAtTheSpeedOfPlot: In a [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2009-09-25 bizarre on-panel example]], a character walks out of an empty, flat wasteland and into an enemy camp. A similar scene takes several minutes on ''LawrenceOfArabia'', and the traveler is on camelback. Here the traveler is past the camp's guards in the time the guards take to spot her, recognize her, and recover from the surprise that she's alive.
* TrueCompanions: Dominic's network of friends and allies. A werewolf's social worth revolves around their "pack" and to insult one is a major DudeNotFunny offense.
* TwoGuysAndAGirl: A repeated trope to the point the Xerox is starting to edge onto {{Naruto}}'s turf. Donovan, Miranda, and Karnak seem to have been this, though it's unclear how Karnak felt about Donovan most of the time. Stonewater, Grenchka, and Bulgak also follow this pattern, with a variation in that [[FirstGuyWins Bulgak knew Grench first, but does not get her]]. Milov, Jayden, and Siegfried are eventually revealed to have been this not just in gender combo but in dynamic.
** This seems to be the preferred composition of any given adventuring party in the setting, which owes a lot to fantasy RPG conventions, though not in the ''story''. Greg, Luna, and Dominic fell into it early on, and if Szark had been a little more sane in his intro and the plot a little more conventional, he probably would have wound up a party with Dominic and Luna and given us the variant where the girl and one of the guys both like the other guy. Instead he's just the PetHomosexual.
** Mookie does like threes, though.
* UnexplainedRecovery: The only apparent explanation for [[spoiler: Dex]]'s sudden recovery is [[TheDeterminator sheer force of will]].
** Happens to [[spoiler: Reinholdt]] during the climax of the Maltak arc, though not without a price.
** Similarly, when Luna is stabbed with the Hukthak, her injury disappears as soon as it's pulled out, but it too comes with a price: [[spoiler:She can never have children]].
* UnholyNuke: A rare example of one used by a good character. Dark Soul Burst is a spell powered by anger and hatred, and is typically used by Luna when someone REALLY pisses her off. The first time it's used, it knocks out Siegfried, a rather strong royal knight, in a single shot. Later on, an ally deliberately pisses her off to make the spell more powerful when she casts it.
** As part of his endgame, [[spoiler:King David]] uses a combination of [[spoiler:the imprisoned Rilian's necromancy]] and the Beast's power to launch gigantic "Blight-Bombs" to destroy everything outside of Callan.
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: Constantly.
* UnusualEuphemism: Dominic's term for large breasts is "lower back problems." Luna also wrote about her crush on Siegfried in her journal, and [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2002-07-25 makes mention of his "great big sword".]]
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: Raf Maliksh and Celesto.
** And in Maltak, ''Dominic''. Though it was really more BecauseDestinySaysSo, and he did look for wiggle room a bit.
** [[spoiler:King David]] claims this as part of his MotiveRant, by creating [[CulturalPosturing the greatest]] ([[{{Greed}} and only]]) [[FantasticRacism magical kingdom in Callan]], but really it's just a cover for AmbitionIsEvil (and, if he gets hold of the Heart of Magic, AGodAmI).
* {{Veganopia}}: Major piece in developing the orcs. It's not that they're not a violent, primitive society, but they're herbivores, and it adds a certain buccolic innocence to Maltak.
** Also note Karnak's bizzarre behavioral tic of taking unnecessary mouthfuls out of his enemies and then spitting them out. He was raised an orc. They had to boil the food for ''ages'' to get it soft enough for his human teeth. No word on what, if anything, he's actually eaten all these years in hell.
* LovingForce: Noted and subsequently almost completely averted. [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2006-01-13 Melna was raped by Stonewater]] (as a child!) to save her life, but after meeting him again some years later, [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2007-02-12 she discovers, to her alarm, that she is attracted to him now.]] On further rumination, Melna loves what Stonewater has come to stand for... which is not that surprising given Stonewater tried to model himself after Melna's father, horrible traumatization aside.
* VigilanteExecution: [[spoiler:Celesto does this to Brett Taggerty and Serk Brakkis, and almost to Barnet Travoria.]]
* ViolationOfCommonSense: [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2002-06-08 "I think we should stop trying to rob someone who can see the future."]]
* TheVoiceless: According to Luna, Jayden hasn't said a single word since the Shadow of Siegfried incident. Demon Siegfried may qualify as this as well, though he seems to lean closer to TheSpeechless since his mask obstructs his mouth (Though he can still communicate with Karnak without the use of body language somehow). [[spoiler: Jayden finally breaks her vow of silence to wed Dom and Luna, only to be interrupted by Greg.]]
* WeaksauceWeakness: Neilen's channeling of [[spoiler:Maltak's dead earth gave him crazy elemental powers... [[GlassCannon and made him as brittle as the soil itself.]]]]
* WebcomicTime: Frequently and often lampshaded, sometimes straight and sometimes through [[ContinuityNod continuity nods.]] Usually it gets so confusing over how much time has passed during the arcs that it can only be determined by Spark's lampshade hanging via hunger.
** Some examples of the nods and lampshades: [[http://dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2003-01-08 This early strip]], or [[http://dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2005-01-11 this one]].
* WeCanRuleTogether: [[spoiler:King David]] makes this offer to Miranda; naturally she refuses.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Celesto Morgan, who first wanted to cleanse the world with Chaos after deciding the people in it were all assholes, and who now says he's trying to save the world from The Infernomancer while incidentally destroying Lynn's Brook, which he calls "a small price to pay."
** He also thinks [[spoiler:brutally murdering a teenager (who he claims will grow up to be a bad person anyway) using methods that will implicate the King and the Beast]] is justified since it's for the "greater good".
* WhamEpisode: [[spoiler: The folks that Dominic and Luna meet in their relaxation cruise, namely: Suin Seyera from Faria, The Dragon from Nagastrali, Buckley Hussle and the Dwarf he had a fight with from Olde Tucklebruck Island, The Trickster from Quastrilla, Milov from the Winter Archipelago and Arcangelo Scarlatti from The Semashi Kingdom. They are called together by Brian, who's RILIAN in disguise! THE MAESTRO was in on it too.]] [[SecretTestOfCharacter It was a test]], but still! And apparently one of his student's theories was right as well.
** [[spoiler: The one aiding the Beast in gaining power is the king of Callan, former Archmage of the Fifth Circle (for whom said circle was invented!) and one of the most powerful magi in Callanian history. All of his battlemages are either being [[FateWorseThanDeath corrupted by the Beast]] into humanoid {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, or already have been, thus giving it even more power. And it seems Celesto may be on the same path.]]
* WhamLine:
--->'''Nimmel''': What is he doing to them? Why is this happening?
--->'''[[NotSoHarmlessVillain Snert]]''': Because the Archmage of the Fifth Circle wills it.
--->'''Nimmel''': Miranda? No, you're lying! It can't be!
--->'''[[DemonicPossession Snert]]''': I am not lying, Nimmel Feenix...[[BigBad and I don't mean Miranda Deegan]].
* WhamShot: Occurs in [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2007-04-04 this strip]] when the storms hammering Maltak finally subsided, and all the orcs assembled at the border ran back to their homeland...[[spoiler: to find it reduced to a desolate, lifeless wasteland.]] Donovan's reaction to all this [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2007-04-08 4 strips later]] tells the tale.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: While there are quite a few characters who have not been heard from for a while (possibly to make a cameo later) the most infamous example to some fans is [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2002-11-26 Brok]] who just vanishes from the comic completely with only passing mention from Stunt and Bumper later about losing him. Granted that he was only a hired thug, it still felt odd to just drop him.
** WordOfGod was that Brok himself was a reference to one of Mookie's friends, and on reflection Mookie felt he didn't really "fit" in the comic.
* WhatMightHaveBeen:
** Mookie planned on Luna dying at the end of the Maltak arc, but realized that there'd be no way that her death wouldn't break Dominic (having previously established what A Bad Thing Dominic breaking down would be). Enter the [[DeusExMachina last-second rescue]] by Jacob.
** A storyline titled [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2005-06-09 An Unlikely Visitor]] was teased in mid-2005. In late 2011, [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2011-12-08 Mookie reveals]] that the abandoned storyline was to have revolved around Luna's father.
* WhatTheHellHero:
** Pam at the end of the Snowsong arc. She [[spoiler:calls out Gregory and Dominic for their actions and punishes them for it.]]
** Huk Thak invokes this at the climax of the Maltak arc, but is dismissed by Reinholdt.
* WhiteMagic: White magic can manifest in white mages in the form of light, or in more exceptional mages, (e.g. Gregory) white fire.
** For the Orcs, at least, Ice Magic is treated as a holy magic.
** Also the name of Greg's band, which was dubbed "vaguely racist" by the incredibly important but unnamed music critic.
* WhoWantsToBeASuperhero: Gregory's alter-ego Super-Greg, and Dominic's childhood love for The Adventures of Mighty Man.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: The Aliak.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Dominic thinks that [[spoiler:Celesto]] is suffering from this due to [[spoiler:keeping his powers as the Champion of Chaos.]] According to Dominic, humans aren't built to wield that kind of power indefinitely and that it's warping [[spoiler:Celesto]]'s mind.
* WithThisHerring: Toyed with and taken a bit too literally [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2002-07-26 here]].
* WorfEffect: Jacob Deegan, who previously ''annihilated'' a group of Chosen in a CurbStompBattle, is [[spoiler: effortlessly killed by Chief Thuen Gor.]]
** Milov Danovich, a spellcasting werewolf, is the most frequent victim of this in the series.
* WorldOfChaos: The Wild Edge, where [[MixAndMatchCritter Bort the Mongrelman]] lives. It's a deceptively peaceful-looking meadow/savannah.
** Hell: It's got some creepy stalagtites with tentacles, and a huge pit full of damned souls.
* WorldOfPun: Especially during the early strips before CerebusSyndrome set in. For example: [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2002-05-25 Seer's catalog]], [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2002-10-02 bookmarking sites]]...
* WrongGenreSavvy: Heliner, who keeps trying to base his life on comic books. For example, Dominic is a seer, which means he must have godlike reflexes, right? [[spoiler: And Chance is rich, which means he must be a jerk who deserves to be treated like crap, right??]]
* WorthyOpponent: [[spoiler: King Dave to Miranda, the only mage he couldn't put under mind control.]]
* YaoiFangirl: [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2008-04-18 This strip]].
* YinYangBomb: Luna in the March Across Maltak. Also a case of LightIsNotGood and DarkIsNotEvil.
** Earlier, there was Dominic as the Avatar Of Balance in the "Storm of Souls" arc. It seems to be a recurring theme in the comic.
* YouHaveNoIdeaWhoYoureDealingWith: Miranda says [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2004-04-12 exactly this]] to TIM when he attacks her in the "Ecstasy and Evil" arc. The true meaning of her words weren't revealed until years later, but the "Archmage of the fifth circle" isn't a rank in the archmage academy. It's literally the circle in which she stands in the five-being council that rules ALL the archmagi.
* YouKnowWhatYouDid: Neilen attempts to pull this on Dominic and Luna. It fails miserably.
* ZombieApocalypse: Happens at [[spoiler:the ruins of]] Aberthast Cathedral when the Beast's (and Rilian's) necromancy raises the slain priests and nuns.
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