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[[caption-width-right:150:[-It's [[ArtifactOfDoom the shield]] you have to worry about.-] ]]

->'''Thaco:''' We are NOT jumping off this roof to our deaths!\\
(''[[BeatPanel long pause]]'')\\
'''Thaco:''' We're jumping off THAT roof to our deaths. [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/04152008/ It's got a tree.]]

'''''[[http://www.goblinscomic.org/ Goblins]]: Life Through Their Eyes''''' is a webcomic written, penciled, and colored by Tarol Hunt, nicknamed Thunt, following the adventures of a band of, well, goblins, as they fight off evil [[PlayerCharacter adventurers]]. It's a role reversal of the typical adventure RPG ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', though familiarity with the game isn't required to understand what's happening.

The main story follows five members of a cannon-fodder goblin tribe (Thaco, Chief, Big-Ears, Complains-of-Names, and Fumbles) who decide to stop being cannon fodder and become {{Player Character}}s. A side plot follows a sixth goblin (Dies-Horribly) who goes on a solo adventure arc quite against his will. It features detailed world-building (including quite a few whole-cloth, background creatures with detailed biologies) and characterization, particularly of the villains. One of the goblin characters, Big-Ears, is a rare instance of a truly gentle, heroic and noble paladin, while the paladin status of the most opaque and brutal villain, Kore, thus far is one of the most foreboding mysteries.

The comic doesn't give its characters very long to get used to their newfound abilities as heroes. ''Goblins'' thrusts its main characters in over their heads ''almost'' immediately, [[NoOneGetsLeftBehind locks them into a course of action]] they can't possibly handle, and then calls into play a series of oddities, DeusExMachina, coincidences, character-driven actions, more DeusExMachina, and [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Guns]] that collectively get the heroes into a position where they might ''possibly'' be able to escape their impossible predicament. Because it didn't seem like they'd get into this much danger this quickly, the story instantly became edge-of-your-seat reading.

The comic is also known for its twice-weekly (usually) update schedule, juggling three plots at the same time, spending literally months on [[{{Filler}} mook battles]], and skipping comic updates to [[TheMerch advertise products]]. Of course, this makes the comic sound far worse than it is, and it should be noted that the mostly wordless mook battles are often stunningly descriptive visuals and sometimes even Crowning Moments of Awesome all on their own.

The site also hosts a sub-comic, ''[[http://www.goblinscomic.org/tempts-fate/ Tempts Fate]]'', about a lone goblin adventurer facing various dangers each comic. This part is Thunt's [[PleaseSubscribeToOurChannel donation scheme]] and thus, people would have to stop supporting Thunt's artistic endeavors to kill Tempts Fate off. So far, he's survived every death trap.

For the completely unrelated computer game, see ''{{Gobliiins}}''. For goblins in general, see OurGoblinsAreDifferent.

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!!''Goblins: Life Through Their Eyes'' provides examples of the following tropes:

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[[folder:Tropes A to D]]
* AbsoluteCleavage: [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/07292011/ One alternate Kin.]]
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: Well, it is an RPG world, but a sewer with ''sculptures'' in it is pushing things a bit....
* AchievementsInIgnorance:
** Drowbabe misunderstands the purpose of the Mage Armor spell, thinking it lessens the damage she takes (when it actually makes it easier to dodge incoming blows). When Ears points out how the spell works, she realizes she should have taken more damage earlier in the battle, and promptly dies.
** Minmax's oblivion sword is only able to exist because his mind can't fathom the concept of oblivion. In fact, Kin theorizes that his ignorance might make the weapon more powerful; his sword treats "nothingness" as a power source ([[MindScrew somehow]]), so the more it is "nothing" the more powerful it becomes. To this end, the less concept its wielder has of what it is and how it works the stronger it gets. Minmax, naturally, and without realizing the implications, immediately names the sword "Oblivious".
* AdvancingBossOfDoom: Kore
* AdvancingWallOfDoom: A wall full of spikes makes one of the Maze of Many's rooms a TimedMission.
* AllThereInTheManual: There is a [[http://duke.a-comics.ru/fmk/ the Maze of Many Alts list]] that collects most of the different alts that have appeared so far.
* AlmostKiss: Between Kin and Minimax; [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/08302013/ they are interrupted by Ruby]].
* AlternateUniverse: The Maze of Many allows multiple versions of Kin, Minmax and Forgath to exist in the same place at once.
* AlwaysABiggerFish: [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/12082008 "The bigger creatures always kill the smaller creatures, it's just the nature of the world!"]]
* AlwaysChaoticEvil:
** Although it's never said out loud, it's clearly a {{deconstruction}} of the trope. The Goblins (who are usually considered AlwaysChaoticEvil in RPG settings) and such are portrayed as creatures who are just trying to survive in a world where they are seen as mere XP Fodder.
** It's also {{justified|Trope}} in the case of the Elite Guard: a cadre of people who've signed up specifically because they're more brutal and sadistic than the regular city guard. In one scene Thaco compares the Elite Guards' motivations to those of the standard city guard, and for the rest of the comic, it's presumably okay to assume that the Elite Guards are Always LawfulEvil. Ears the Paladin confirms this with his Detect Evil ability.
** On the other hand, it appears to be played straight with [[MadeOfEvil demons]] and TheUndead.
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation:
** The goblins have a wide range of skin colors, including various shades of green, yellow, orange, brown... and the Viper clan goblins are all chalk-white.
** Hilariously lampshaded in [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/03252011/ one comic]]:
--->'''Saves-a-Fox:''' Okay, now try a skin coloured one.\\
'''Grem:''' You mean a white one?\\
'''K'seliss:''' She means a green one.\\
'''Saves-a-Fox:''' I mean an ''orange'' one!
** Part of the backstory for one of the alt Kins in the Maze of Many includes the fact that, for some reason, all female humanoids in that world have pale, milky white skin, and males have what we would consider "normal" skin colour. This resulted in some confusion when she befriended another Kin.
* AnArmAndALeg: Present in all three variants for many characters, with Dies-Horribly only being the first. [[spoiler:K'Seliss]] loses both of his arms to a flesh-eating disease; [[spoiler:Biscuit]] is afflicted with the same curse and cuts off his leg in response. [[spoiler:Kin's entire tail]] is ''liquified'' by Psion-Minmax... and those are only examples for the main cast, minor characters rarely stay in one piece in the bigger battle sequences.
* AndIMustScream:
** If what we see will be infinitely repeated, [[spoiler:[[http://www.goblinscomic.org/10072011/ Biscuit]] and [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/10142011-2/ anyone]] the guardian demon owns. (Even [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/10212011-2/ Dies.]])]] CruelAndUnusualDeath indeed. [[spoiler:Fortunately, the souls the demon owns were apparently released when she was banished from the Material Plane.]]
** In one of the {{Alternate Universe}}s, any creature can survive being decapitated as a result of a hero's wish to save his wife [[JackassGenie that didn't go according to plan]]. The Minmax from that reality beheaded Thaco, Complains and a third goblin, and carries the still-living severed heads around on a length of rope.
* {{Angrish}}: A mild case of it, in terms of speechless anger, [[spoiler:when Chief has just prayed to his god that there'd be no guards around the corner; [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/08012008 this is his reaction]]]].
* AnnoyingArrows: [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/07092005 Played completely straight]] at the beginning of the comic. Later averted with crossbows, though, and Dellyn's arrows.
-->'''Chief:''' Fumbles, I want you to seriously work on your aim, OK?\\
'''Goblin:''' (''pincushioned by 5 arrows'') Yes. Please do.\\
'''Fumbles:''' Look, I said I was sorry.
* AntiClimax: The end of the Maze of Many arc. [[spoiler:Psion Minmax is back! And his body is made of nearly-invulnerable IME material! This promise an epic final fight between all the heroes and the villain... except, on the next page, Minmax just grabs him and throws him onto the exit of the Maze.]]
* AntiHumanAlliance
* AnyoneCanDie: No-one is safe from this.
** Not even [[spoiler:Chief]].
** Nor is [[spoiler:K'seliss]].
** Nor is [[spoiler:Dies-Horribly, apparently. Surprising? Though it was subverted immediately afterwards.]]
** [[WordOfGod As stated by the artist himself:]] [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/08172012/ "Even main characters can't live forever."]]
** Latest victim: [[spoiler:Klik]].
* ArcWords:
** "That's clever," at least in the early episodes.
** [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/12142005/ "When the serpent becomes your prey, friends will become enemies, and love will fuel hate."]] Also said by the talking wall of Brassmoon [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/12082009/ here]]. {{Foreshadowing}}?
* AreYouPonderingWhatImPondering
* ArtisticLicenceBiology: In real life, [[{{Telefrag}} fusing a rope through]] [[spoiler:Kore's]] neck should have taken out several of the vertebrae in his neck and paralyzed him through damage to his spine, not just caused him to choke.
* ArrowCatch: Thaco in [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/06212009 his fight with Goblinslayer]]. Not surprising considering he's a monk, and foreshadowed earlier.
* ArtEvolution: Thunt's style and technique have both improved significantly over the course of the comic's lifetime, most recently adding shading to the strip. The difference is so stark that the [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/06252005/ first page of the archive]], rather than being the first strip of the comic, is a page showing just how much the art has changed over time.
* ArtifactOfDoom:
** The Axe of Prissan, which imprisons a demon of near godlike power. If the Axe goes 13 months in the hands of an evildoer, it will break free.
** To a lesser extent, the Shield of Wonder. A localized example, but not a small one for those near it. Some of the results listed on its [[http://pinterest.com/thuntgoblins/shield-of-wonder/ stats pages]] aren't even particularly localized. For instance, one effect is that the last person to verbally speak to the wielder is turned to stone, ''no matter where they are''. Another is that the last creature the wielder killed appears in front of him. There are other examples, but perhaps one of the scariest is this: "No matter where he is, the 4th oldest dragon in the realm suddenly loses his wings as well as any ability to fly or teleport in any way." The dragon and the wielder both instantly know that if the dragon in question directly kills the wielder, these abilities will return.
* ArtificialLimbs:
** Dies-Horribly's arm.
** Possibly Dellyn Goblinslayer's as well.
** An alternate Minmax also possesses crystalline arms that may fit this.
* ArtisticLicenceEconomics: In-universe example, lampshaded [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/09092006/ by two guards discussing it.]]
* AssShove: Weaponized against a demon, and it looks [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/11222011/ very, very painful]].
* AsYouKnow: [[spoiler:Psion Minmax]] feels the need to tell [[spoiler:his version of Kin]] that he's killed her 817 times, and that she remembers them all, along with some other exposition that she really should know by now.
* AttackAttackAttack:
** Goblinslayer [[spoiler:just before he dies.]]
** Complains is officially '''[[http://www.goblinscomic.org/01072011-3/ pissed]]''' at Kore.
* AttackAttackRetreatRetreat:
** Goblinslayer again.
--->'''Dellyn:''' [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/01132009/ CLOSE THE WEST GATE! CLOSE THE WEST GATE!]]
** Shortly afterward, Kin.
--->'''Kin:''' Don't throw the spear!\\
'''Chief:''' Why not?\\
'''Kin:''' I can't keep them back for ''long''! They're going to rush in here in a moment, and that's our only melee weapon!\\
(''Chief throws the magic spear, and it reappers in his hand'')\\
'''Kin:''' (''after a {{beat panel}}'') [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/03102009/ THROW THE SPEAR!]]
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Minmax
-->'''Minmax:''' [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/07312005/ ...OOO! A shiny rock!]]\\\
'''Minmax:''' ''[[http://www.goblinscomic.org/02182011/ Hey look!]]'' There's a version of me with a cool ''[[NiceHat hat!]]''
* AutomaticCrossbows: Kore fights with [[GunsAkimbo two of these]].
* {{Badass}}:
** K'seliss. If you need any proof, try [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/11232009/ him dealing with Noe]]. Not to mention [[spoiler:[[DyingMomentOfAwesome how he dies]]]].
** Thaco (of the [[BadassGrandpa grandpa]] variety), definitely. And Complains, while fighting.
** Say what you will about Kore, but he is badass.
** Same goes for Goblinslayer, to a lesser extent.
** Duv. Fox. Grem seems to be heading [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/05272011/ in this direction.]] Maybe. Even temporarily, this is a living body horror.
** The doomed orc Biscuit, once free, proves quite [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/10282011/ competent]] at asskicking.
** Dies-Horribly [[spoiler:when under the control of his artificial arm]].
--->'''Demon:''' I'm going to rip you apart!\\
'''Dies-Horribly:''' You've already done that. ''It didn't work.''
* BadassBeard:
** He may be a murdering psychopath, but Kore has a nice beard.
** And K'seliss's spiky dewlap creates the impression of reptilian PermaStubble.
* BadassBoast:
** [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/04292011/ Hilariously subverted by Dies-Horribly:]]
--->'''Grem:''' I am a goblin prince. I know when to fight.\\
'''Dies-Horribly:''' I AM A ''COWARD!'' I KNOW WHEN TO '''RUN!''' Come on!
** See Dies' line in {{Badass}}.
** Biscuit has a damn good one when the goblin queen threatened to kill Saves-a-Fox and him in retaliation for her son's death.
--->'''Biscuit:''' [[ComicallyMissingThePoint It sure is a sunny day today.]] Forgive me, I'm not very familiar with sunshine. In fact, I'm far more familiar with pain and death than I am with sunshine. No matter how much sunshine there is, in my experience, there's always more pain and death. Always. (''{{beat}}'') [[ShameIfSomethingHappened It sure is a sunny day today.]]
* BadassMustache: Fumbles, or rather Señor Vorpal Kickass'o, tries to invoke this trope with his fake mustache.
* BadEnd: Our group ''narrowly'' avoids [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/03152011/ the end]] an equivalent group gets.
* BagOfHolding: Onyx have several bags of "moulding" -- bags of mini-holding.
* BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil: Defied. Forgath believes in this, but Kin tells him rather bluntly that, throughout the multiverse as a whole, [[CrapsackWorld Evil is winning]].
* BalefulPolymorph: A good reason not to use the random-effect magic shield Complains picks up. Alternately, a good reason ''TO'' use it if utterly and hopelessly outnumbered.
* BarbarianHero: Minmax was already fitting the trope when a pure fighter (by ''D&D'' rules). As of [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/04172012/ the fight in the magic forest room]] of the Maze of Many, he has officially taken his first level of barbarian. (With the "extra rage" feat, as befitting of a good minmaxer.)
-->'''Minmax:''' The strength bonus from raging is totally awesome!
* BarBrawl: Minmax vs. Goblinslayer.
* BatmanGambit: Lampshaded. When Thaco challenges Dellyn to a duel, ''both of them'' know that Thaco has some sort of trap planned. Nonetheless, Dellyn accepts when Thaco points out that the only alternative is for Dellyn to order his soldiers to kill Thaco, and bear the reputation of not being able to kill a single old, frail goblin.
* BattleAura: Called Individual Magical Effect (I.M.E.) in-story.
* BattleCry:
-->'''Complains-of-Names:''' [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/08172006/ Tu Dae Fadda!]]\\\
'''Fumbles: [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/11232010-2/ SEÑOOOOR VORPAAAAL.... KICKASS'OOOOOO!]]'''
* BattleInTheRain: The first fight between the goblin warcamp and the adventurers.
* BavarianFireDrill: Part of the backstory for minor character Sticks involves him bluffing a Brassmoon guard into thinking he's not an orc, but a soldier who's been polymorphed into an orc to infiltrate an army of orcs who are besieging the city.
* BearerOfBadNews: Kin, explaining about the Maze of Many's [[spoiler:counter]]. She really, ''really'' would rather [[DontKillTheMessenger NOT]] be doing so.
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: Many goblins with names that aren't the case already ''will'' be happening. For example, the goblin named "Dies-Horribly".
* BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil: The trainer who "trained" Fluffles tried to invoke this trope by sending the owlbear at his enemies. [[TheDogBitesBack He failed]].
** It probably would have worked if he hadn't been stupid enough to leave himself in reach of the Owl-bear he had been torturing after freeing it in front of the GAP.
* BerserkerTears:
** Kin, as she [[spoiler:kills Dellyn Goblinslayer.]]
** Complains [[spoiler:after Chief's death. He starts drawing upon his SuperpoweredEvilSide, getting ready to fight Kore.]]
* BestServedCold:
-->'''Thaco:''' [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/06302009/ You are not my nemesis.]]
* BettyAndVeronica: Gender-flipped by Dies-Horribly and Grem.
* BewareMyStingerTail: Scorpion!Kin from an alternate universe. She sees it as a major advantage over the fleshy, weak tails of all the Yuan-Ti!Kin. [[spoiler:Up until our Kin snaps Scorpion!Kin's neck using her tail.]]
* BewareTheNiceOnes:
** Big-Ears, a genuine LawfulGood paladin (without any KnightTemplar or LawfulStupid characteristics, though occasionally falls into HonorBeforeReason), doesn't like it when [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/10122009/ Takn uses his friend as target practice.]]
** Kin. Friendly, smart and able to [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/09132011/ break your neck with her tail]].
* BifurcatedWeapon: Thaco's Cane-swords.
* BigBad: Multiple of these, one for both of the major plot arcs, and another even bigger bad who seems likely to be a part of the comic's culmination.
* BigDamnHeroes: This happens a few times.
** One example is when Ears comes back to save the other goblins from the plant-possessed orcs.
** [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/07172012/ Biscuit. Period.]]
** When Kin has [[spoiler:had her tail liquefied and been left to bleed out on the floor]], the alternate Kins the party had fought earlier come along and pass her the healing water, and go to help fight the BigBad.
* BigNo:
** Big-Ears when he finds out that [[spoiler:Chief is dead]].
** Psion Minmax when [[spoiler:Minmax throws him onto the exit of the Maze of Many. Forcing him to return to his reality, unable to come back and enact his plan to send everyone into oblivion.]]
* BilingualBonus: After the initial three Driz'zt-clones get killed off, one of their players re-rolls a Japanese ninja...er, samurai. The character's name: Baka. Which, in Japanese, is the word for "Fool".
* BillBillJunkBill: Minmax [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/11242009/ trying to judge the charisma scores of the ladies of Brassmoon]]. [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/12072009/ Hilarity]] [[HilarityEnsues ensues]].
* BizarreAlienBiology: Kin's top half looks human enough, sure, but a [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/05242010/ discussion]] with Minmax proves that her insides are definitely different.
* BlackEyesOfCrazy: When a goblin is enraged, his pupils dilate, making his eyes completely black.
* BlasphemousBoast: Saves-a-Fox [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/07242012/ doesn't stop at defying fate.]]
-->'''Saves-a-Fox:''' Duv... you '''''and''''' Maglubiyet can kiss my ass.
* BlessedWithSuck: Getting an awesome, new, set of armor from the Shield of Wonder...that grows until [[spoiler:it crushes you to death horribly.]]
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: K'seliss views fighting, eating, and mating as aspects of the same thing... and therefore believes that fighting anything he ''can't'' eat or mate with is sickeningly perverted, and refuses to do so. He also thinks eating the fingers and limbs of a potential mate is an acceptable display of affection. It's also implied that his ''entire race'' is like this, despite the fact that there's no more biological justification for it than there is for humans.
* BluntMetaphorsTrauma / LiteralMinded: The goblins can have this kind of problems with human expressions. Notably Dies-Horribly in the [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/05162008-2/ ad intermission:]]
-->'''Dies-Horribly:''' How can a book knock clothing off an Amazon? Is it even possible? I mean, they hardly wear anything to begin with.
* BlushSticker: Onyx, the pale alternate-Kin sorceress, has pink circles on her cheeks. They aren't natural; her face was permanently marked with them in a ritual sacrifice in her reality's Brassmoon.
* BodyHorror: ''Goblins'' is not for the faint-hearted.
** One of the Shield of Wonder's favorite tricks is to inflict [[BalefulPolymorph horrific transformations]] on those who strike it (or anyone around them). An unlucky accident causes it to try to transform Complains into a demon. [[spoiler:It partially succeeds before Big-Ears stops the effect. Complains now has scales, clawed fingers and fangs.]]
** For the sake of preventing this trope, [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/04082011/ DO NOT TOUCH MR. FINGERS!!!]] [[spoiler:No, seriously. [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/06072011/ Bad idea.]]]]
** Though hardly the worst seen, one of the goblins that survives the escape from Brassmoon is a young female whose missing all the skin along her back, leaving her spinal column and other bones fully and completely exposed.
* BrainlessBeauty: Drowbabe; Yodette
%% Don't put Minmax here. He may think he's handsome, but he's bald, has huge eyebrows, a big nose and a long jaw. He isn't ugly, but not handsome either.
* BreakingInOldHabits: After Dies-Horribly gets his prosthetic hand.
* BreakTheCutie:
** [[spoiler:Fumbles. Poor, poor Fumbles.]]
** [[spoiler:Saves-a-Fox, when Dies reveals she may have been a slave to fate all along.]]
** [[spoiler:Off-panel (and partly before the story begins), but Kin was regularly tortured and raped to the point where she has a phobia of human contact.]]
* BrickJoke:
** In [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/03232010/ March 2010]], we discover that Minmax has Improved Unarmed Strike as a result of [[MinMaxing trading in his ability to rhyme on purpose]]. In [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/07082011/ July 2011]], Forgath tricks him into reciting "I'm a Little Teapot", and sure enough, he can't even get the rhymes right.
** A joke where the punchline comes ''seven years'' later: [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/12152005/ Summon]] [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/03132012/ Badger!]]
** Minmax [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/11262005/ managed to guess Complains' name]], calling it "spooky". He managed to pull the same thing with the large demon in an AlternateUniverse.
** Yodette says it all: "I know what's going to happen! You two are gonna die and I'm going to be that trope of a big-boobed bimbo running alone and panicked through the woods until I trip over something '''''stupid''''' and fall down and get '''''eaten'''''!" [[spoiler:Two strips later, she indeed trips over something stupid... Baka's [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBE upper half]].]]
** In one of the earlier strips, Minmax was chastised by Forgath for rolling attacks against a tree out of boredom. [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/04132012/ It got justified in the Maze of Many]].
** The 7/21/13 strip goes so far as to copy and paste a panel from one of the first strips, detailing that Minmax "knows 38 ways to kill a guy with just his thumbs". At the time, it was just a joke to freak out Dies Horribly, but the callback is intentional so the reader (who probably doesn't remember a one-off joke from years ago) knows exactly what's about to happen...
* BringIt:
** [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/01132006/ Forgath:]]
--->'''Forgath:''' Okay then... Who dies first?
** This exchange.
--->'''Saral Caine:''' [[PunctuatedForEmphasis That... is... MY AXE!]]\\
'''Big-Ears:''' [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/08142007/ Then come and get it.]]
** Played straight by Minmax on [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/03092010 one page,]] then [[DefiedTrope defied]] by Forgath on the next.
--->'''Minmax:''' ''Bring it on!''\\
'''Forgath:''' ''No! Don't'' bring it on! Bring ''nothing'' on!
** [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/05272011/ K'Seliss to Mr. Fingers.]]
--->'''K'Seliss: Well?!''' What are you '''waiting''' for?! '''Come at me and let's see which one of us is doing the eating!'''
* BrokenPedestal: Minmax discovering [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/02162010 his idol's]] tendencies ([[http://www.goblinscomic.org/03022010 and the result]]). [[PayEvilUntoEvil Go Minmax]].
* BrownNote: Since even the ([[{{BFS}} fracking huge]]) weapon of a god's underling is powerful enough to [[OneHitKill fry anyone who touches the blade]] and [[CoolGate maintain an energy portal leading to a magical dungeon]], it's probably not that surprising when Kin [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/02012011/ mentions]] that seeing the weapon of an actual god would probably [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm kill whoever was dumb enough to look]].
* BuffySpeak:
-->'''K'seliss:''' ... [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/03122007/ There is battle happening right now all around me and I'm stuck in this pathetic hut like some... hut... stucky... thing!]]
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: Invoked. After their duel has finished, Thaco tells Dellyn that he intends to remember the fight as a "random encounter" and that it will definitely '''not''' become the subject of goblin legend.
* BuxomIsBetter: Drowbabe and her replacement character. Lampshaded by Minmax to likely be the product of some lonely teenager who barely knows what women are like. Since Yodette isn't (literally and deliberately) falling out of her top, it's possible that Drowbabe's player is learning -- a little. Maybe.
* ByTheLightsOfTheirEyes: A favourite effect of Thunt's, used to great effect throughout.
* CallBack:
** Minmax's rendition of [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/07082011/ I'm a little teapot]] seems a little off... until you remember that [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/03232010/ he traded away his ability to rhyme on purpose.]]
** [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/12152005/ Summon Monster I is useless]] and much later [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/03132012/ "It's a level one spell, give me a break."]]
** Not-Walter refers to Minmax as "bald turd". So does [[spoiler:Grinnorarcen to Alt Minmax]].
** When asked what he thinks of math, Minmax maintains that "[[http://www.goblinscomic.org/03082011/ Everyone knows that math has never done anything good, ever.]]" Fastforward two years and [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/07062013-2/ the Kins are saving the universe with math.]]
** Minmax knows [[spoiler:38 ways to kill someone with his thumb]]. This [[ChekhovsSkill gets used]] over ''seven years'' real world time later when he kills [[spoiler:a grossly overpowered psionic Minmax who has condensed all of his weaknesses into a number]]. We even get a flashback panel in the original artwork.
** A call back to ''Tempts Fate'' in the main comic, with Mudhoney flowing from a fountain in the Maze of Many's treasure room.
* CallingYourAttacks: Calling your spells is not only done, but apparently required, since Kore is unable to Lay Hands on himself when [[spoiler:his voice is impeded by the rope fused to his throat]]. This is an especially odd example, because by D&D 3.5 rules, there is no verbal component to Lay On Hands. It's a paladin special ability invoked mentally.
* CaptainObvious:
** Forgath's helmet. It is a helmet, you see.
** Chief announces stabbing himself in the eye by screaming, "Aaaah! I stabbed myself in the freakin' eye!"
** Also, Dellyn:
--->'''Dellyn:''' What's the matter, Thaco? You didn't think that I'd spot your trap? Didn't think I'd see it coming?\\
'''Thaco:''' ''Sigh.'' Of ''course'' it's a trap, you moron. Stop congratulating yourself for noticing the obvious.
* CassandraTruth: See DontTouchItYouIdiot.
* CatapultNightmare: [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/09102010/ Kin has those.]] Not surprising considering the likely nature of her dreams.
* CensorSteam: [[spoiler:Psion Minmax, after his resurrection, steps through the hole]] surrounded by handy wisps of smoke, with one hiding his privates.
* CerebusSyndrome: Initially the comic was mostly about making jokes based on various ''D&D'' tropes and conventions, and had absolutely NoFourthWall, with the [[PlayerCharacter adventurers]] explicitly being characters in someone's role-playing game. Quite soon it grew [[DarkerAndEdgier way more serious in tone]] and began developing the fourth wall, although various ''D&D'' mechanics are occasionally referenced by characters.
* ChallengingTheChief: How The Goblinslayer got his job as captain of the town guard.
* CharacterDevelopment: After reading through the first couple arcs and noting how much of a supreme prick Minmax is, you totally wouldn't expect him to pull [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/09212010/ a moment of awesome]] later on.
* CharacterLevel
* CharactersDroppingLikeFlies: Being an RPGMechanicsVerse set in a CrapsackWorld with a KillerGamemaster, the comic has been known to kill scores of named characters in a single major battle.
* ChekhovsGun:
** The random-effect magical shield.
** [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/03242010/ The Anymug.]]
** On a darker note, there was an obvious clue that [[spoiler:Dellyn Goblinslayer regularly rapes [[CuteMonsterGirl Kin]]]] way back on [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/02282007 one page]] -- his bed in his room has [[{{Squick}} shackles attached to it]].
** The Talking Wall of Brassmoon shows up in the background during one of the battles. It seems to have never appeared [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/11102008 before]] and claims to have been created during a really long story arc. {{Word of God}} says it's a mundane wall that got transformed into the talking wall by the Shield of Wonder.
** Minmax's "I AM GREAT" belt buckle, [[spoiler:after being thrown through the magical hole in the wall of the Maze of Many, turns into a giant rock disc that crushes the alternate versions of Minmax and Forgath.]]
** The keys to the treasure chest Minmax got his new gear from in the Maze of Many ''[[SubvertedTrope would]]'' have been this, as (at least) one of them was a duplicate of the key needed to leave the maze, which was destroyed. But they left the keys in the locks on the chest. [[spoiler:Fortunately, there were other duplicates throughout the Maze, and Onyx has one she's willing to give them.]]
** Fans accused Tarol of making up new abilities for Kore when he rights himself from a prone position using levers on his tower shield. Tarol pointed out that the handles had been drawn on the shield for the last nine years of the comic's run.
* ChekhovsSkill:
** [[spoiler:Deflecting arrows. Or ''catching'' them.]]
** [[spoiler:"It says here he knows 38 ways to kill a guy using only his thumb."]]
* ColdBloodedTorture:
** Kore tortured Chief to keep the rest of the Goblin Adventuring Party from [[GoOnWithoutMe leaving Chief behind]].
** Other examples are Dellyn Goblinslayer and Fluffles' [[KarmicDeath trainer]].
** One rather sadistic version is what happened to Klik at the hands of [[spoiler:the second Klik that was created from Dies's arm]]. That... thing was terrifying before it realized Klik's weakness, and became sadistic afterward.
** [[spoiler:98!Minmax]] tortures his reality's [[spoiler:Goblinslayer]] to death after he [[spoiler:killed Minmax's friends]].
* ColourfulThemeNaming: The alternate Kins are called Ruby (Kin 80), Sapphire (Kin 54) and Onyx (Kin 201) based on their coloring, since just calling them all Kin would get confusing.
* ContractualGenreBlindness:
** Sacred goblin tradition requires them to keep their few magic weapons in The Poorly Locked Chest in the middle of camp, rather than use them in battle. Complain-of-Names is GenreSavvy enough to use the weapon and gets banished because of it.
** Minmax and Dellyn Goblinslayer have both complained about the main characters subverting this trope. [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/06202009/ Dellyn even calls]] Thaco's classing into a PC class the most perverted thing that he's ever heard of.
* ContrivedCoincidence: {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/05112012/ once]]:
-->'''Saves-a-Fox:''' This seems kind of contrived.\\
'''Biscuit:''' Most dungeon crawls are.
* ConvenientColorChange: Weapon auras depend on the wielder.
* CoolOldGuy: Thaco
* CoupDeGrace: A semi-common way to kill. Also how [[spoiler:Dellyn dies.]]
* CoversAlwaysLie:
-->'''Chief:''' [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/08052006/ This has got to be the worst spear I've ever seen.]]
* [[CrapsackWorld Crapsack Multiverse]]
** [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/02182011-3/ Implied.]]
--->'''Minmax:''' A lot of them look really evil.\\
'''Kin:''' The multiverse is predominantly evil.\\
'''Forgath:''' What? I was always taught that good and evil were balanced.\\
'''Kin:''' Nope. Evil is winning.
** Special mention goes to Reality #37, where not being evil is punishable by death. [[DefectorFromDecadence That universe's Forgath, Kin, and Minmax aren't evil.]]
** Another universe being shown features goblins as an AlwaysChaoticEvil race [[DemonicSpiders that tend to kill most of the adventurers they come across.]]
** The main universe isn't particularly doing much better, mind. HumansAreBastards following a flawed morality and led by people far monstrous and evil than the creatures they kill for sport, and are generally fine with supporting genocide or torture of "monsters" good or evil. The Goblin Clan our heroes are from was innocent, but the clan intent on rallying all the others to a golden age is a murderous and genocidal bunch with the same prejudiced mentality and brutal methods as the humans, who see all other goblins as lesser. Forgath and Minmax may be more enlightened now, but they weren't initially that way and could be seen more as an example of MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch. So it's very possible that evil is not only winning in the multiverse, but also in the realm of our heroes - if not for our heroes, that is.
* CripplingOverspecialization: Minmax is a god when it comes to fighting. He can't willfully blink, read, rhyme on purpose, dress himself, think hard, or understand complex concepts. Most of these weaknesses he got in order to get '''more''' combat prowess and bonuses.
* CriticalExistenceFailure: Complains lampshades this by pointing out that, even with just 1 hit point left, he's just as effective at fighting as he would be with full health, provided he doesn't get hit.
* CrossPlayer: [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/02152011/ Forgath]]. Probably Drowbabe as well.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath:
** Quite a few of the deaths in the big Brassmoon fight. A few especially nasty ones are the guard who excruciatingly turns into a bunch of snakes, the guard who starts turning into an ogre, only to be cut down by his captain, and that captain, who gets the ''honor'' of having his armor grow until it crushes him.
** [[spoiler:Chief]] dies via ColdBloodedTorture at Kore's hands.
** [[spoiler:[[http://www.goblinscomic.org/06072011/ K'seliss.]]]] dies by having his body rot away at the "hands" of Mr. Fingers, while he's still conscious.
* CruelMercy: Thaco leaves Goblinslayer alive, with the knowledge that the latter was completely and utterly ''destroyed'' by Thaco.
* CruelToBeKind: Roak orcs take away their children's most loved possession in order to teach them to accept loss as a part of life. [[spoiler:The orc explaining this then tears off Duv's remaining wing, which has defined her turn toward villainy]].
* CurseCutShort:
** [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/11202005/ Thaco's.]] "Oh, you b..."
** [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/09122005/ Boulder's.]] "What the f..."
* CursedWithAwesome: A possessor of a Ring of Undeath is unappealing at best, but is granted quite a few highly-useful bonuses.
* CuteMonsterGirl:
** Saves-a-Fox
** Kin the yuan-ti
** Yala the kobold
* CuteMute: Yala
* CuttingTheKnot:
** Pan the ogre at the gate.
** K'seliss' [[TakeAThirdOption problem-solving skills]] when [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/11232009 confronted to Noe]], also [[spoiler:{{subvert|edTrope}}ing an {{Anticlimax}} in the process.]]
** He attempts it again [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/07192010/ against a door.]] [[spoiler:It doesn't work out as well this time.]]
* DanceBattler:
** Duv's attacks and dodges resemble dancing as much as they do combat moves.
** Thaco's fighting style incorporates gymnastic style jumps, even before he started taking levels in monk.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Several characters, both heroic and otherwise, display this trait.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Basically every good protagonist (save for Minmax and Forgath), but Thaco's is UpToEleven.
* DeadAlternateCounterpart: In Alternate Universe #114, Forgath, Complains and Big-Ears were killed during the battle at the goblin warcamp, while One-Eye (a minor character who died in the same battle in the main universe) survived and became an adventurer working alongside Minmax.
* DealWithTheDevil:
** Mryorg the Ogre, who features in the backstory of the Axe of Prissan, has a demon carve a rune into this chest for this purpose.
** Mr. Fingers was created when a farmer begged a devil to cure his son of nightmares; the devil successfully extracted the source of the nightmares from the kid's mind, but let them loose upon the world instead of destroying them.
** Discussed by the demon who inhabits the Well of Darkness. Demons need souls for nourishment, but most of them aren't powerful enough to take souls by force and can only claim souls given willingly; which is why the phrase "Deal with the Devil" has passed into common usage on the mortal plane. [[spoiler:Dies makes one, but since his metallic arm effectively gives him two souls, the ''demon'' gets dragged to hell for breaking the deal.]]
* DearNegativeReader: Thunt uses TheRant occasionally to level countercriticism at reader complaints about his houseruled ''D&D'' mechanics. Most notable for [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/the-axe-and-the-rope/ "the axe and the rope"]].
* DeathByLookingUp:
** The goblins of the warcamp, [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/10232005/ from a falling tree]].
** An alernate Forgath and Minmax, [[spoiler:[[http://www.goblinscomic.org/09202011/ from a giant stone belt buckle]]]]. Note that they do try to run away -- just too late.
* DeathOrGloryAttack: Complains attacking Kore head-on.
* DelayedCausality: [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/11182006/ The White Terror's razor-sharp blades.]]
* DelayedReaction: Minmax realizing how much damage a [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/04222006/ fall would cause]].
* DestinationDefenestration: [[spoiler:Minmax to Goblinslayer]].
* DeusExMachina:
** Every major plot arc so far gets resolved through randomness that just happens to save the hapless protagonists. Some of the situations they get into are so bad that these don't get them out of hot water entirely, though...
** The Shield of Wonder ''spams'' Ex Machinas of both the {{Deus|ExMachina}} and {{Diabolus|ExMachina}} variety every time it blocks a strike.
* DidntThinkThisThrough: Minmax. [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/09232011/ "Sonova crap."]]
* DisabilitySuperpower:
** Dies' arm is both a MorphWeapon and an EmpathicWeapon.
** Similarly, Goblinslayer's tree half can do some major damage and produce its own wooden weapons.
** [[spoiler:One of the alternate parties in the Maze of Many has a Forgath with a staff that allows him to wear unlimited magic rings, but he needs to sacrifice a still bleeding finger to gain this ability. He also parties with a mute Minmax who gave up the ability to speak for a +6 to hit.]]
** Minmax's various penalty/bonus trades could be considered this.
* DisasterDominoes:
** Fumbles is a [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/12242005/ master at this]].
--->'''Forgath:''' I just wanna know what kind of fumble chart he's using so I can avoid it.
** The Shield of Wonder keeps getting hit, causing bad situations to get even worse.
* DisneyVillainDeath: A previous owner of the Axe of Prissan tried to kill Kore this way. Obviously, it didn't work.
* DistractingDisambiguation: [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/07302005/ Minmax versus the demons.]]
* DoesNotLikeShoes: The goblins are barefoot for most of the comic, with a few exceptions.
* TheDogBitesBack:
** Fluffles the Owlbear, instead of attacking the goblin group, savages his "master".
** [[spoiler:Kin the yuan-ti giving the Coup de Grâce to Dellyn, after Forgath let go of her magical leash in the fight.]]
** [[spoiler:Biscuit, having spent the past 600 years being tortured by demons, uses his first moment of freedom to decapitate one of his captors.]]
* DontTouchItYouIdiot:
** Saves-a-Fox [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/12172007/ repeatedly warns]] the other members of her party to not touch anything in the Well of Darkness, but she is [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/02012010/ regularly ignored]]. Frankly, [[spoiler:[[http://www.goblinscomic.org/01182010/ K'seliss should]][[http://www.goblinscomic.org/04082011/ have listened to her]]]].
** [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/02012011/ Minmax barely avoiding]] an [[YetAnotherStupidDeath instant and pointless]] end.
* DoomyDoomsOfDoom: Mocked with the [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/12152005/ "Doom" spell.]]
-->'''Forgath:''' Ya, but with a name like "Doom" I was expecting something grander. [...]\\
'''Young-and-Beautiful:''' Well, "Very Annoying" doesn't really roll off the tongue as a spell title.
* DoorStopper: Found in [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/03032011/ universe #219]], [[ShoutOut also known]] as the [[Literature/TheNameOfTheWind Rothfuss reality]].
-->'''Alternate-Universe-Complains-of-Names:''' Wait, this isn't a brick, it's a book.\\
'''Alternate-Universe-Fumbles:''' "Sequel to ''The Name of The Wind''". Hey Dies, isn't that the book you're... um... [[ImprovisedArmour wearing]]?
* DopeSlap: [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/02042006/ Fumbles earns himself a double-whammie.]]
* TheDragon:
** Saral Caine; already dealt with.
** Riss for Duv.
* DualWielding:
** The Drizzt-ripoff drow (two scimitars, par for the course);
** Thaco (two sword-canes);
** Dellyn (a wooden sword and sickle);
** Kore (two crossbows at long-range and two axes in melee);
** Borrl the hobgoblin chief (two longswords);
** Duv (two razor-sharp steel shards).
* DumbMuscle:
** Minmax, who (as befitting his name) has min/maxed himself to have ridiculous combat stats but cannot even read (he gave up literacy for a bonus). With the extremes he takes this to, it may count as a DisabilitySuperpower.
** Hobgoblins, as seen in SarcasmBlind, though {{averted}} by the hobgoblin met during the Brassmoon arc. It ''is'' pointed out that while hobgoblins are usually keen strategists, the Chorgrak tribe that attacked the Viper clan was known for its... lack of subtlety.
* DungeonBypass:
** The Viper clan couldn't open the main door to the Well of Darkness (the magic key being actually inside, with a group of dead adventurers), so they had their slaves dig a tunnel to circumvent it.
** In the Maze of Many, Kin, Minmax and Forgath make use of a ceiling broken by an oblivion hole to reach a part of the dungeon crawl that they'd never reached before in their 1,982,771 previous attempts.
* [[spoiler:DyingMomentOfAwesome: K'seliss taking out [[EldritchAbomination Mr. Fingers]]]].
-->[[spoiler:'''K'seliss:''' [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/06032011/ I... told ya. I... do... the eating.]]]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tropes E to H]]
* EarsAsHair: Big-Ears usually ties his namesake ears back in combat situations.
* EldritchAbomination: [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/05062011/ Mr. Fingers,]] the lesser finger horror.
* EmbarrassingButEmpoweringOutfit: Minmax objects to Forgath making him wear a suit of magical armor, [[PinkIsForSissies because it's pink]]. Subverted when it turns out the armor can change color in response to spoken commands.
* EmotionEater: Demons can feed on negative emotions and suffering. The stronger the suffering, the better the meal.
* EmpathicWeapon:
** Dies' artificial arm.
** The Axe of Prissan and the armor it makes.
* EmpathyDollShot: Inverted with the doll Fumbles tries to return to the elf girl Aldyria in Brassmoon.
* EnemyMine:
** All of the remaining alts band together to stop Psion Minmax from permanently killing them.
** Forgath and Minmax put their feud with the GAP on hold when Kore attacks them.
--->'''Big-Ears:''' I'm going to help the dwarf!\\
'''Thaco:''' Which one, the paladin who wants you dead or the cleric who wants you dead?
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Dellyn may be a sadistic psychopath who enjoys torture, rape, and murder, but he genuinely weeps when he is shown [[spoiler:[[http://www.goblinscomic.org/11272007/ Saral Caine's dead body]]]].
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Minmax may be a powergamer, a jerk, and have all the mental prowess of a brick, but bragging about [[spoiler:raping female monsters]] in front of him may just get you thrown through a window. [[spoiler:Even if you're Dellyn Goblinslayer]].
* EverythingsDeaderWithZombies:
** There is an [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/02182011-3/ undead equivalent party]] in the Maze of Many.
--->'''Forgath:''' That seems like the most obvious, clichéd...
** Later, this zombie plague have [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/01082013/ spread to dozens of alternate parties]], which the protagonists have to fight.
* EvilHand: Odd [[NonIndicativeName non-evil]] example. The living-metal replacement arm Klik gave Dies-Horribly. When he gets scared, the arm grows blades and spikes to defend him. Unfortunately, the (many) situations in which he gets scared tend to go downhill fast if you start brandishing spiky things (and when it goes south he gets even more scared, and the arm gets spikier, and...). Although Dies's hand can also [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/04082006/ form non-violent images.]]\\\
Whether or not it still can be called "non-evil" is [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/11182011-2/ debatable]] [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/11222011/ after]] [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/11252011/ the incident]] [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/11292011-2/ with the demons]]. Perhaps this is why what Klik did is considered forbidden by his species. [[spoiler:There's no more debate once the hand tries to kill Saves-a-Fox (twice) and Dies has to struggle for control with it, going as far as taking a blade to cut it off....]]
* EvilTwin: The majority of the alternate versions of Minmax, Forgath and Kin in the Maze of Many.
-->'''Minmax:''' A lot of them look really evil.\\
'''Kin:''' The multiverse is [[CrapsackWorld predominantly evil]].
* EvilWeapon: Inverted with the Axe of Prissan. It's a [[SealedEvilInACan container for an archdemon]] capable of destroying the world, but is itself a good-aligned EmpathicWeapon that will only give its full power to a Paladin, and refuses to harm one.
* ExactWords:
** [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/02012010/ Fox gets her words turned on her]]:
--->'''Saves-a-Fox:''' Go ahead, touch ''anything''. I won't care.\\
(''K'seliss gooses her'')
** [[spoiler:The Demoness in the Well of Darkness says that she's the guardian of the Blue Orb of Bloodlight, and offers a trade of "one soul for one orb". When Dies-Horribly offers her his soul, she gives away... an orb of ordinary blue stone. Leads to a KarmicDeath when it turns out that Dies has two souls (presumably the second one is in his arm), which goes against the very ExactWords contract that the Demoness was manipulating, causing her to be banished into the deepest plane of hell which even demons themselves fear.]]
** Biscuit after he [[spoiler:chops his own leg off]] and reaches for a bag full of healing potions.
--->'''Grem:''' ''No!'' Don't let him drink the healing potions!\\
'''Biscuit:''' (''inserts most of the potion bottles into his mouth and eats them'')
* ExtremeOmnivore: K'seliss, as well as [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/01142006/ Eats-Anything]].
* EyeScream:
** Done [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/07252005 to Chief]] for comedic effect.
** The later times... [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/01062006 not]] [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/05282007 so]] [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/05232008 much]].
** [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/06102011/ This is going to be messy]]...
** [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/11252011/ Last panel.]] This demon was just asking for it witn an eyeball that size.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler:Dies]]
* TheFaceless: Kore, whose helmet only reveals one eye and some beard.
* FacePalm: Plenty often. Most notable is when Forgath facepalms with his [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/10092013/ newfound stone fist weapon]] from Minmax being thick.
* FacePalmOfDoom: Forgath casts [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/12192005/ Inflict Light Wounds]].
* FacialHorror: [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/07292011/ Alt Forgath.]]
* FacingTheBulletsOneLiner: [[spoiler:K'seliss]]
-->[[spoiler:'''K'seliss:''']] I... told ya... I... do... the... eating.
* FailureKnight: Chief feels a large amount of guilt over his clan's fall from glory.
* FanDisservice:
** [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/08142005/ Those goblins need more women.]]
** Also, a corrupted opportunity for [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/05112012/ fanservice]].
* FanserviceExtra:
** Alternate Kin. Wearing tight fitting corset which gives her an ImpossiblyLowNeckline, we can even see the start of a humanoid rear before it goes down to her snake tail. And unlike Kin, she also feels the need to wear a loincloth covering her front...
** The other alternate Kin has AbsoluteCleavage with small bit of LesYay.
* FascinatingEyebrow: Psion Minmax
* FashionableAsymmetry:
** The White Terror
** Besides her PeekABangs, Saves-a-Fox's pants only cover one leg.
* FastballSpecial: This trope feature prominently in the backstory of Boulder the Ogre.
* FateWorseThanDeath:
** [[spoiler:For Dellyn Goblinslayer -- ignominy.]]
** [[spoiler:Kin the yuan-ti]] begs for death upon [[spoiler:being recaptured by the guards]].
** [[spoiler:There's a group of demons living in the Well of Darkness, who have enslaved an orc and continually resurrect and kill him in order to nourish themselves on his suffering. He's been resurrected and killed once every few hours ''for the last 600 years.'']]
** There is a circle of hell reserved for anyone foolish enough to attempt to break a DealWithTheDevil so bad that even demons fear its torture. [[spoiler:Since Dies has a second soul in his arm, the Demoness is sent there after trading [[ExactWords "One soul for one orb."]]]]
* FedToTheBeast: The Vipers try to feed Biscuit to the Switchbeast. That doesn't turn out well.
* [[spoiler:FetusTerrible: Dies' arm, which believes Dies belongs to him.]]
* FiveManBand:
** The GAP (Goblin Adventuring Party):
*** TheLeader -- Chief
*** TheLancer -- Complains-of-Names
*** TheBigGuy -- Big-Ears
*** TheSmartGuy -- Thaco
*** TheHeart -- Position unoccupied, because Dellyn [[BreakTheCutie broke]] poor Fumbles (although the sorting of the group might have been different before his capture, and after, or indeed if, he recovers).
** In the Well of Darkness:
*** TheLeader -- Saves-a-Fox
*** TheLancer -- Grem
*** TheBigGuy -- K'seliss
*** TheSmartGuy -- Klik
*** TheHeart -- Dies-Horribly
* FluffyTheTerrible: Fluffles the owlbear; Biscuit the orc warrior
* {{Foil}}: There are a few pairs:
** Thaco & Dellyn
** Minmax & Dellyn
** Big-Ears & Saral Caine
** Forgath & Kore
* FollowTheLeader: ''Goblins'' has spawned fan webcomics, notably the adventures of the [[http://www.acyn.net/RSE_main.html Scroll Readers]] Goblin Tribe.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** Early in the series, Young-and-Beautiful the goblin fortune teller predicts that [[spoiler:[[http://www.goblinscomic.org/12142005/ Forgath will die in battle with another dwarf.]] "When the serpent becomes your prey, friends will become enemies and love will fuel hate." Now consider that he and Minmax have befriended [[CuteMonsterGirl Kin the yuan-ti]] and [[KnightTemplar Kore]] kills anyone who even ''associates'' with the monstrous races...]]
** [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/04162007/ "I'd want you to leave me and escape."]]
** When we see the alternate parties in the Maze of Many, one window has [[spoiler:an alternate Minmax standing alone]]. The next comic shows why. [[spoiler:[[AxCrazy It isn't pretty]]]].
** The fact that [[spoiler:Dies' arm has a mind of its own]] was first displayed [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/04272010/ during his sleep]].
** Also, whenever Minmax let go of Oblivious, the sword is caught again by his hand in a hole through time. You can get very small glimpses of the future through these holes. Notably, the future shade of his color-changing armor, or sometimes a bit of background hinting to a change of location.
** Kin's mentioning of [[spoiler:True-Seeing]]. Yep, it probably happened. [[spoiler:[[http://www.goblinscomic.org/04272013/ In the worst possible way]]]].
* ForestRanger: The Goblinslayer was presumably this (ranger class, bow and sword, half-tree), but moved into Brassmoon when it was a more direct path to what he really craved -- the power to rule over his little fief of sadism.
* ForgottenFallenFriend: Thanks to her magical tattoos, Sapphire, the blue archer Kin alt, can't remember anyone who has died, including her Minmax and Forgath and four of her friends in Brassmoon.
* FourFingeredHands: The goblins, and just about every non-human race (including elves and dwarves -- though not the demons). Reptiles (like kobolds, yuan-ti, or lizardfolk) tend to have three-fingered hands. All of them (well, those with legs anyway) also have three-toed feet.
* FourLinesAllWaiting: Since the initial attack on the Goblin Warcamp that kicked off the plot, There are, essentially, three main plotlines in the comic. The story will follow one for a while, then put it on hold and switch to one of the others, and sometimes it will switch to a villain perspective for one or two strips. The main threads are:
** The Goblin Adventuring Party (GAP), consisting of Chief [[spoiler:now deceased]], Thaco, Complains-of-Names, Big-Ears and Fumbles.
** The (somewhat misnamed) Human Adventuring Party (or MFK), consisting of Minmax, Forgath and Kin.
** The Well of Darkness party, consisting of Dies-Horribly, Klik, Saves-a-Fox, Grem and K'seliss [[spoiler:now deceased]], and later Biscuit the orc. After the party emerges from the well, their plot is further divided into three ''more'' lines, with one or two strips following each before switching:
*** Saves-a-Fox's duel with Duv.
*** Biscuit's one-orc assault on the Viper tribe [[spoiler:and Grem]].
*** Dies-Horribly's battle against his Viper captors [[spoiler:and his sentient arm]].
* FridgeLogic: An in-universe example. When Dies is told that his clan isn't responsible for their failures (instead being the will of the Goblin God Maglubiyet), he points out [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/06292012/ that this means that the Viper clan shouldn't be proud of their achievements]], since it's simply the will of Maglubiyet. The Viper shaman isn't happy with that thought.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Minmax tries to break into the treasure room. [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/02222013/ Forgath and Kin ignore him]].
* GameMaster: One of the {{Player Character}}s encountered early on is a Cleric of the Dungeon Master, Herbert.
* GeniusBruiser:
** K'seliss. His dispatch of Noe (detailed above under CuttingTheKnot) proved his raw intelligence, but [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/09072010/ later]] he displays surprising insight by correctly -- and offhandedly -- analyzing the Dies/Grem/Fox LoveTriangle.
** [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/06152012/ All creatures in the Goblin-verse gain a Wisdom bonus that increases the longer they've been alive]] (presumably this goes beyond the normal [[RPGMechanicsVerse D&D aging rules]]). Biscuit is six hundred years old.
** One of the {{Alternate Universe}}s introduced in the "Maze of Many" arc is populated by humans who are all at least 9ft tall, [[HairTriggerTemper prone to intense rage at a moment's notice]], [[BareFistedMonk insist on fighting with their hands as weapons are cowardly]]... and everyone is inherently able to comprehend advanced quantum physics.
* GenreSavvy: Several characters.
** With the [=PCs=] it comes with the territory of course, but many of the monster and NPC characters are also aware of the tropes controlling their life.
** Special marks go to a [=PC=] who predicts exactly how her party will die when trying to kill something they don't know about. It's practically [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded.]]
--->'''Yodette:''' Well... I... I know tropes!
* GiantSpider: Not shown, but Dellyn tells an anecdote about him and Saral fighting a spider the size of a horse.
* {{GIRL}}:
** Played straight with [[PlayerCharacter Drowbabe and her replacement, Yodette]].
** [[spoiler:Inverted with Forgath.]]
* GiverOfLameNames:
** The ironically-named fortune teller [[BlatantLies Young-and-Beautiful]]. Most of these are played for comedy, but Dies-Horribly's name has basically [[FailOSuckyname ruined his entire life]].
** The naming ritual is apparently a sacred rite that cannot be interrupted or redone. This results in names like "Piss Off I Have A Headache" (Hava to his friends).
--->'''Hava:''' There's a goblin in my clan called "Stop The Ceremony I swallowed A Bug". Yeah, our teller ''really sucks'' at naming ceremonies.
* GlassCannon: Acording to [[AllThereInTheManual his posted stats]], Mr. Fingers has an extremely low hit point total for a creature his size. This does nothing to make him less terrifying.
* GoodPowersBadPeople: Kore [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/11162010-2/ heals Chief]]. He does this in order to [[spoiler:make him scream and impede the escape of the rest of his party]].
* GoodWingsEvilWings:
** Duv has a single white angel wing that marks her out as the savior of all goblinkind (she used to have two, but one was burned off in a fire). Then again, LightIsNotGood...
** [[spoiler:Kore's I.M.E. creates a a pair of Angel wings... made from chains and severed heads.]]
* {{Gorn}}: This comic is notable for its almost savage aversion of the GoryDiscretionShot, most significantly during the Battle of Brassmoon City, and Kore's ColdBloodedTorture of Chief.
* GottaKillThemAll: Kore with "evil" creatures. Also see OmnicidalManiac.
* GroinAttack:
** [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/12312005/ Fumbles to Minmax.]]
--->'''Minmax:''' Shut up, I'm making a Fortitude save to not puke.
** And, later, [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/11222011/ Dies-Horribly to the demon trying to kill him.]]
--->'''Demon:''' ..kk....k...AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
* GroundhogDayLoop: The Maze of Many. The characters don't remember each attempt, however, but they get a counter. [[spoiler:Which is nearing two million loops for the protagonist party.]]
* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: {{Averted|Trope}} [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/11272006 with the Brassmoon City guards]].
* HalfHumanHybrid:
** Readers believe, due to his appearance and the implications on [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/10062006 one page]] that Saral Caine is one. Likely, he's a Stonechild: Somewhere along his family line, the primal element of Earth was fused with one of his ancestors, or him.
** Dellyn Goblinslayer is one as well; from his appearance, he looks like he might be a treant/human hybrid. The yuan-ti Kin declares he was changed into his present state by a wizard. Given the most recent evidence, he might be a HalfHumanHybrid only in the same way a cyborg is -- he looks to be a Half-Golem (a ''D&D'' template where an existing creature has golem limbs grafted onto it, kind of a {{Magitek}} cyborg).
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe:
** The end of one alternative Minmax, saving him from the [[AdvancingWallOfDoom advancing spike wall]].
** Also how the first of the [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/08242012/ ambassador goblins]] die.
** [[spoiler:[[http://www.goblinscomic.org/12112012/ And also, Baka.]]]]
* HappinessInSlavery: What the White Terror thinks the fellow goblins she enslaved ought to feel as they carry out this "service to their god and all of goblinkind".
* HatesBeingTouched:
** [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/12042005/ Not-Walter]]
** Sadly, Kin now has hysterical fits whenever a man touches her. [[RapeAsDrama Under the circumstances]] that's quite understandable. Fortunately, [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/03112011/ it looks like she's getting over it.]]
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: The Anymug can [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/04242006/ create any mundane liquid]]. It [[ChekhovsGun later comes in handy]] when something needs to be [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/03242010/ set on fire]].
* HeroAntagonist: Despite both parties being good-aligned, Forgath and Minmax are these, opposite the Goblin party. Minmax's alignment doesn't really become obvious until [[spoiler:he beats Dellyn within four hit points of his life for being so damn evil all the time]].
* HeroicBSOD:
** Thaco tends to get rather twitchy when [[spoiler:something reminds him the time he spent imprisoned in Brassmoon.]] Usually comes with a [[FlashbackEffects colorless, blurred flashback]].
** [[spoiler:Fumbles was driven catatonic by Dellyn's tortures. Even after the party escapes, he's still not out of it.]] It's a testament to his [[TheFool optimistic and heroic nature]] that [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/10302006/ he spends the whole time burying himself in the memory of the first day he fought]] using his self-styled kickass persona.
** [[spoiler:Saves-a-Fox, when Dies reveals that her [[ScrewDestiny killing the fox]] may have actually [[YouCantFightFate saved it from a]] [[MercyKill long, painful death]].]]
** [[spoiler:Complains-of-Names, after Chief succumbs to his wounds.]]
** Minmax shows signs of this in the Maze of Many arc, after [[spoiler:he accidently grabs Kin's leash while trying to convince her to stay with him, completely destroying all of her trust in him.]]
* HeroicSacrifice:
** [[spoiler:[[http://www.goblinscomic.org/11022010-2/ Chief.]]]]
** [[spoiler:K'seliss]] of all people does this. Whether or not it was accidental is unclear.
* HeroKiller:
** Kore
** [[spoiler:Dellyn and Saral]] murdered the previous wielder of the Axe of Prissan before the current events.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: The player group that dies often and shows up with new characters, only to repeat the cycle.
* HesBack: Kickass'o is back to [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/11232010-2/ kick some ass]].
* HeyYouHaymaker:
-->'''Big-Ears:''' It just occurred to me that I'm not comfortable attacking someone from behind.\\
'''Orc:''' HISSSSSSS (''spins around'')\\
'''Big-Ears:''' Thank you. (''axes it in the face'')
* HitPoints: Only mentioned when people are close to zero or in the negatives.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard:
** The guard who "trained" Fluffles.
** [[spoiler:Dellyn Goblinslayer was beaten and humiliated by a goblin, and later, coup-de-grâce'd by Kin, who he'd beaten and raped '''nightly'''.]]
** The whole of Brassmoon City for allowing the Goblinslayer free rein over their defense against the "evil" races. Apparently, locking up and torturing a whole ''army'' of monsters, quite naturally bent on revenge, within the walls of the city wasn't that great an idea.
** In a non-sentient example, [[spoiler:the Shield of Wonder is eventually destroyed by one its own random magical effects.]]
** And the demoness guarding the Bloodlight Orb [[spoiler:got Dies to agree to giving her his soul for "the orb", which was NOT the one he thought it was]], and in turn, [[spoiler:got tricked into taking TWO souls -- Dies' and the piece of Klik]], banishing her to a portion of Hell that even ''demons'' [[FateWorseThanDeath are afraid of]].
** The Viper Goblins dispose of prisoners by feeding them to a captive monster called the Switchbeast. When Biscuit provides it with a way out of its enclosure, it kills and devours many of its former captors in a bid for freedom.
* HonorBeforeReason:
** Big-Ears. He doesn't attack from behind. [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/01072011/ Not even]] [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/10192010-2/ people who do.]] It's pretty much his BadassCreed.
--->'''Big-Ears:''' ''NEVER tell me to quiet my heart again!''
** Fumbles makes his way to Brassmoon City to return an elf child's doll, alone, despite knowing full well the danger involved, because he [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/04172006/ "has to make this right."]]
** More-or-less sums up why Minmax attacked Dellyn. Of course, wisdom is his DumpStat.
* HopeSpot: In the Maze of Many, Kin and her alts have found the BigBad's weakness. Although they can't apply it to our Minmax, they can apply it to another one who is present, Minmax #38. 38 then attacks Psion Minmax, and scores a hit! And another! And... [[spoiler:then gets ripped to shreds by another Minmax, who Psion Minmax then liquefies]].
* AHouseDivided: While our group is working towards eventually being TrueCompanions, [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/03012011-4/ the other group]] could barely get a sentence out without making someone mad.
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: Humans in general are portrayed in one of three ways: outright evil (Dellyn Goblinslayer and the Elite Guard), dumb (Minmax and the three Player Characters), or ignorant and prejudiced (the townsfolk of Brassmoon). Forgath is a decent (dwarf) Player Character, but this is a stretch.
* HumansThroughAlienEyes: [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/01272007/ Most]] [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/01282007 discussions]] of the goblins concerning the humans.
* HybridMonster: K'seliss [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/10062006 is speculated]] to be a cross of ogre and lizardfolk.
* {{Hypocrite}}:
** Kore has dedicated himself to destroying all evil, and will even kill young children just because they've been exposed to evil. He doesn't see the contradiction.
** [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/01282008/ Dellyn Goblinslayer]] defines the term legendary by how much your enemies hate you. He prides himself on the fact that the goblins "would sacrifice anything for a chance at [his] throat." He denies any possibility that Thaco could be considered legendary, but at the end of the comic, states that he "would sacrifice anything for a chance at [Thaco's] throat."
** Psion!Minmax, after [[spoiler:apparently killing Kin]] states that his plan is to remove his existence completely from the universe, although in order to do so, he must wipe out all of the alt versions of himself in the dungeon. When Forgath calls him out on killing [[spoiler:Kin]], Psion!Minmax asks what makes her so important. Forgath respons by saying [[spoiler:she]] was his friend. Psion!Minmax asks how that makes her more important than anyone else, and asks, "I wonder what it's like to see yourself with such omnipotent importance." He says this without irony, even though, for his own agenda, he is willing to nullify the existence of hundreds of alternate versions of himself and his comrades, all of which would probably prefer he did not do so.
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[[folder:Tropes I to L]]
* ICallHerVera: Minmax creates a sword which is paradoxically made of oblivion, and Kin theorises it draws power from his ignorance. Minmax christens the sword "Oblivious".
* IdiotBall: By all means, let the Barbarian with the improperly healed arm tend to the almost dead [[spoiler:Chief]], it's not as if there's a fairly skilled healer, say a Paladin with lay-on hands ready to use, less than twenty feet from him. This is because Thaco divided up the duties for that fight and they had no plan, while Ears easily could have taken a quick round to heal [[spoiler:Chief]] while Thaco and Complains fought [[spoiler:Kore.]]
* IDrankWhat: [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/04052010/ A very distracted Forgath drinks Dragon Lung lantern fuel]] after the battle with [[spoiler:Goblinslayer]].
* IKnowYourTrueName: Houseruled in, meaning the pit fiend can be forced to serve any mortal who speaks his true name. Incidently, his true name is definitely not Richard, Francis, Leslie, Winkypoop the slippery monkey, or Walter. (The forum have hence [[FanNickname nicknamed]] him "Not-Walter".) Turns out [[spoiler:it's Grinnorarcen. They encounter him again serving an alt-Minmax who's really good at guessing names, and Kin convinces the demon to reveal his name so she can order him to return to Hell, freeing him.]]
* ILetGwenStacyDie: Triggers a WrongNameOutburst in [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/01132007/ this scene]]:
-->'''Big-Ears:''' Well I'm not abandoning my friend! I am not letting '''''[[http://www.goblinscomic.org/11062005/ One Eye]]''''' die!\\
''[astonished looks]''\\
'''Big-Ears:''' I mean... ''[buries his face in his hands]'' You know what I mean.
* ImMelting: What touching Mr. Fingers does to you. More contact speeds it up and spreads it.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice:
** [[spoiler:Dellyn Goblinslayer]], on a piece of broken pipe.
** [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/11222011/ One of the demons.]]
* ImplacableMan: Kore, ''oh so much''. His armor is virtually impenetrable (as far as we've seen, anyway), he shows no mercy or remorse, and ''he will never stop hunting you''. On top of all that, he's also a ''[[GoodIsNotNice paladin]]'' (somehow, despite his wholesale slaughter of everything even potentially evil), which gives him all of the powers inherent in one. Seriously, getting [[spoiler:a rope ''fused through his freaking neck'']] only slowed him down long enough for him to cast Lay on Hands.
* ImpossiblyCoolWeapon:
** [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/08062006/ Chief's spear,]] when thrown, flies incredibly straight and fast, and [[RecursiveAmmo splits into several additional, equally deadly spears mid-flight.]] It also returns to the user's hand once it lands.
--->'''Big-Ears:''' No offense to your short sword, but '''that''' is the coolest weapon in the whole damn party.
** Kore's {{automatic crossbow}}s. They fire several bolts in one go, lock into his tower shield for cover-firing, and automatically reload themselves in seconds from bolt caches hanging from his side.
** Duv's two razor sharp shards. They're short, and they don't even have handles. Watching her fight with them is epic, but how she is able to even hold on to them in battle and not slash her hands open in the process is anyone's guess.
** Minmax's new sword -- [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/02172012/ Oblivious!]] The blade is literally nothing, and can't be affected by anything that's not Minmax -- not even time!
* ImpossiblyLowNeckline: [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/02252011-3/ Displayed by one of the alternate Kins.]]
* ImprobableWeaponUser:
** There was a goblin named [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/01142006/ Runs-with-Scissors]], apparently...
** Minmax has Weapons Proficiency: Furniture. It is surprisingly awesome.
** He's also figured out a way to crush his foes with a [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/09202011/ giant stone belt buckle.]]
* InfoDump:
** One of the overpowered artifacts is introduced out of the blue with a large wall of text. Justified since this information is instantly telepathically communicated to Big-Ears when he takes the axe.
** Duv, the White Terror, is also introduced with epically-sized speech bubbles.
* InformedAbility: It's repeatedly mentioned that Goblinslayer is a high level adventurer, yet the highest-level ability he ever uses is Magic Fang (fourth level?) and [[spoiler:he loses in a mostly-straight fight against an enemy of his favored target species.]] Taking Dellyn's cockiness and need to prove his superiority into consideration, it was likely a combination of bad luck, a CriticalHit, and his lack of decent sight within the battle, not to mention underestimating his opponent. After all, he [[spoiler:survived being impaled through the chest and everything from his final fight. Then Kin...]]
* InsaneTrollLogic:
** Well, Insane Lizardman Logic with K'seliss...
--->'''Saves-a-Fox:''' So if I had never taken adventurer levels, you'd kill me for taking adventurer levels?\\
'''K'seliss:''' Damn ''right!''
** In Minmax's worldview, monsters are fit only to be killed for XP. He decides to make an exception for Kin... if he can find something normal about her. He can't. At all. She doesn't know her birthday or her father's identity, because of [[BizarreAlienBiology the way yuan-ti mate]]. [[spoiler:He really doesn't want to kill her though, so he gives her a birthday. So she'll have something normal.]]
** Psimax uses this to prove that [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/12062011/ one equals zero]] and make the (artificial, pocket) Universe disappear in a PuffOfLogic.
* InstantArmor: The Axe of Prissan comes with a free suit of full plate.
* InsufferableGenius: [=WizMax=]. [[AllThereInTheManual The description of his reality]] says that if a rogue backstabbed him, he would point out that [[OneStatToRuleThemAll with his Intelligence,]] [[CrazyPrepared he would have predicted easily that a Rogue would backstab him and therefore covered his back with armor to prepare for it.]]
* InterplayOfSexAndViolence:
** K'seliss refuses to fight anything he cannot eat or mate with, considering doing so to be perverted. Bad news when the party runs into some MechaMooks.
** A darker take on this trope is [[spoiler:Dellyn]]'s thing.
* InterrogatingTheDead: Kore to Young-and-Beautiful.
* IRejectYourReality / UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: Most likely why Kore's vision of good is so skewed and how he manages to be a KnightTemplar while still being immune to the Axe of Prissan.
* IronicEcho:
** "Bleed for me."
** "I'd give anything for a chance at his throat."
** Minmax of all people manages to use an Ironic Echo as an insult during his fight with [[spoiler:Dellyn Goblinslayer]]. "I heard a rumor about those who die complaining about the rules."
** For a much more lighthearted example: "[[http://www.goblinscomic.org/04242006/ It's not a piece of crap,]] [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/04252006/ it's a sophisticated adventuring tool!]]"
** "[[http://www.goblinscomic.org/06262005/ I think I lost them.]]" "[[http://www.goblinscomic.org/07282006/ I call dibs on his gauntlet.]]"
** "[[http://www.goblinscomic.org/10212011-2/ I find it astounding how often creatures mistake]] [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/10242011/ their own stupidity for a lack of fairness.]]"
* IronicName: Young-And-Beautiful, the fortine teller, is old and ugly. Her name is due to the fact that all goblins are named by the fortune teller, ''including the fortune teller herself'', so she basically chose her own name.
* IronicNickname: The ogre who died to give the others a chance had "COWARD" carved into his face.
* {{Irony}}: According to Psionic Minmax "our" Kin, Minmax and Forgath usually die in the tower room. It's only because of his attempts to force everything inside the Maze into CessationOfExistence that they were able to find a DungeonBypass and find the final room in defiance of his calculations, [[spoiler:and because of that they are able to defeat him by forcing him into the winner's circle]].
* ItsAllAboutMe: The Viper Clan is an entire tribe of this - their philosophy posits that they were literally gifted by the Goblin god to be the only tribe predestined to lead the rest, that other tribes and all other species are inherently beneath them while they are inherently above, and thus that whatever they want is their right to have. When Dies points out that by their philosophy they aren't truly responsible for their successes, as they are only such because their god willed it to be so - and that they thus should not be prideful (nor prejudiced) because of it - they are not amused.
* {{Jerkass}}: Takn might well be the first completely unsympathetic monster character shown so far in the comic.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold:
** Duv's son Grem.
** Minmax is shaping up in this direction as well.
* IThinkYouBrokeHim: [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/05082006/ "Cool, I think you broke Baka."]]
* JigsawPuzzlePlot
* KarmicDeath: See HoistByHisOwnPetard, among others.
* TheKeyIsBehindTheLock: The magical key to the Well of Darkness was actually inside it, with a group of dead adventurers. The Viper clan had to tunnel a DungeonBypass to get inside.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: The goblins that [[spoiler:Dies-Horribly's psychopathic left arm]] killed. Their deaths were creatively brutal and horrific, but they kinda had it coming -- they had just been trying to beat a fellow goblin to death while he cowered in fear, simply because they were too cowardly to stand up to their Viper Clan captor who gave the order. The one who survives is, appropriately, the only one who refused the order.
* KilledMidSentence:
** [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/11212005/ Seth and Drowbabe]], as well as [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/12122005/ Drasst]].
** Sticks the bouncer, in Kore's first appearance. [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/09172005/ Hawl]] as well.
** An alternate Kin in BadEnd. The alternate Forgath in SpikesOfDoom.
* KillerGM: Herbert, the GM running the entire campaign. The protagonists are consistently faced with inappropriate encounter ratings. They only manage to survive thanks to [[DeusExMachina Deus Ex Machinas]], luck, {{Munchkin}}ing, and ''really'' quick and clever thinking. [[AnyoneCanDie And all too often, they don't]]. Tuck of the Human Adventure Party dies on GM fiat alone, while Baka gets killed complaining about broken rules.
* KillItWithFire:
** How Thaco reacts to Dellyn's [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/03022007-2/ using his ear]] as a trophy.
** How Forgath deals with [[spoiler:[[http://www.goblinscomic.org/03242010 Dellyn]]]]. Being part-wood and covered in fuel...
* KnightOfCerebus: Each time Kore appears, the series gets darker and more serious.
* KnightTemplar: Kore, to the extreme. This is a guy who's willing to kill anyone who has had contact with the monster races, even if the contact wasn't voluntary. Specifically, if the encounter may lead to said person ([[WouldHurtAChild including children...]]) sympathizing with monsters.
-->'''Kore:''' I am regretful that you were forced from your homeland and held here by these evil creatures. You see, evil is like a seed. And although you did not choose to interact [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman with these lower beasts]], by socializing with them, that seed... has been placed within you. As a result, you may one day grow to empathize with their evil ways. [[IDidWhatIHadToDo I cannot allow that risk to exist]]. [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans All evil, even potential evil, must be eradicated.]]
* KnuckleCracking: Mr. Fingers is doing this kind of sound with every move. [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/04262011/ Every freakin' move.]] Revealed to be because the thing breaks and re-breaks its own bones to ''move''.
* LampshadeHanging: A lot of this goes on about ''D&D'' rules.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia:
** One of the Alternate Kins has magical tattoos that wipe all her memories of death, given to her by the Forgath from her universe when he learned that Goblinslayer forced her to murder four of her best friends. She believes that she has never killed anyone nor known anyone who has ever died; if she regained those memories, [[HeroicBSOD it would be too much for her to handle.]]
** In the Maze of Many, when something enters an oblivion hole, it and all memory of it are erased from existence. This means then when [[spoiler:Kin's necklace Minmax made]] is dropped into one, [[spoiler:she loses the memory of receiving it]], which was why [[spoiler:she trusted Minmax. Thus, she immediately questions why she's been trusting him. Minmax, whose feelings for Kin weren't tied to the necklace, is confused and distraught by this]].
* LaserGuidedKarma: A number of Viper clan goblins who [[spoiler:[[YouSaidYouWouldLetThemGo "freed" a bunch of non-goblin slaves to a switch beast which promptly ate them]] [[HoistByHisOwnPetard end up getting attacked by it themselves]] when [[TakeAThirdOption Biscuit gives it a route to reach them]]]].
* LeanAndMean: [[spoiler:Psion Minmax]] is almost-skeletal thin.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/01102012/ "And that, boys and girls, is how a lady without legs can kick a guy in the gut."]]
* LeaveHimToMe: Dellyn versus Thaco.
* LeaveNoSurvivors:
** Kore's [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/03272006/ attacks]] tend to go down this way to prevent the spread of ''[[http://www.goblinscomic.org/09172005/ potential]]'' "evil".
** It's made clear that a Chorgrak victory means an ''[[http://www.goblinscomic.org/03122007/ only Chorgrak]]'' [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/03132007/ victory]].
* LeeroyJenkins:
** [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/03222008/ Complains.]]
** [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/11232010-2/ Fumbles.]]
* LethalJokeItem: [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/04242006/ The Anymug]]. It can create any liquid -- so long as that liquid isn't magical or normally non-liquid and can be held by the relatively fragile stone the mug is made out of (so not too hot, not too cold, and not at all acidic). The most obvious use is for infinite free drinks, but you can also use it to [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/03242010/ set a guy on fire]].
* LifeOrLimbDecision:
** [[spoiler:Biscuit cuts off his own leg with an axe after being infected by Mr Fingers' flesh-rotting curse.]]
** Well, more like ''Someone Else's'' LifeOrLimbDecision, but [[spoiler:Dies-Horribly cuts his metal arm after it goes out of control and tries to kill Saves-a-Fox]].
* LightIsNotGood:
** Kore, after he demonstrates his Paladin powers.
** Saral Caine's IME is bright white, making him look pretty good or neutral. He's a psychopath's best friend and [[TheDragon Dragon]].
* LikeABadassOutOfHell: After narrowly escaping hell due to [[spoiler:his green arm technically having [[OurSoulsAreDifferent a separate soul]] from him, which invalidated a DealWithTheDevil for [[ExactWords his soul]] [[HoistByHisOwnPetard and his soul alone]], Dies-Horribly]] becomes [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/11152011/ noticeably more competent in combat.]]
* LiteralCliffhanger:
** A whole hut full of slaves, including Dies-Horribly, Saves-a-Fox and K'seliss, hangs from a cliff during the hobgoblins' attack of the Viper clan.
** Fumbles during [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/11262010-2/ the fight against Kore]].
* LizardFolk:
** Lizardfolks, like K'seliss.
** Kobolds, like Takn or Yala.
* {{Loincloth}}:
** Much of the men in the Goblin camp at the beginning wore loinclothes. Thaco wore one until he was ordered to put on pants for the groups' sake.
** Fox apparently has a MagicSkirt enchantment on hers and her crop top also.
** Also Minmax prior to their [[spoiler:visit to Brassmoon City]].
--->'''Forgarth:''' You promised me you'd buy pants, Minmax.
* LovableCoward: Dies-Horribly
* LoveTriangle: Dies-Horribly and Grem both seem to be vying for Saves-a-Fox's affections.
* LukeNounverber: Dellyn Goblinslayer; Forgath Bladebeard
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tropes M to P]]
* MacGuffin:
** The Orb of Bloodlight. Duv thinks it can regenerate her wing and allow her to take her place as the White Terror and ruler of all goblins. [[spoiler:Dies-Horribly finally uses it to gain a new magical arm in replacement for the one Klik granted him.]]
** The Jade Teapot for Kin & Co. Its power is clearly stated as a form of teleportation aiming at individuals rather than places. Forgath and Minmax plan to use it to find the GAP.
* MadeOfIron: As a result of playing ''D&D'' HitPoints straight. Important characters can be run through by several spears and swords, but still survive, and injuries rarely have any lasting effect. However, it's worth noting that the author has developed a [[HouseRules custom set of critical hit and fumble tables]] that can indeed result in lasting or permanent injury, incapacitation, and many other things. These are highlighted with Complains' broken arm and during the sewer fight between Thaco and Dellyn Goblinslayer.
* MadeOfPlasticine: Most low-level characters, due to their low hit points, can die to being breathed on harshly.
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: [[spoiler:K'seliss]] tries to be this to keep up appearances when [[spoiler:his arms start melting off]].
* ManChild: Minmax. Sometimes bordering on PsychopathicManchild.
-->'''Forgath:''' Yer an infant, you know that?
* MasochistsMeal:
** Yumyuck moss, though apparently dwarves are usually really drunk when they eat it.
** [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/06072011/ Lesser finger horrors]] are a "last meal" sort of deal.
* MeaningfulEcho: "I would sacrifice anything for a chance at his throat."
* MeaningfulName: Pretty much every single goblin of the protagonists' tribe; names are given by the tribe's fortune teller and supposedly prophetic, which isn't much of a comfort for poor Dies-Horribly. (The Viper tribe's fortune teller pointedly ''doesn't'' follow this custom, but it still seems common practice among other goblins.)
** In fact, the main characters of the Goblin Adventuring Party can be said to have [[DoubleMeaning doubly meaningful]] names, as the plot later reveals:
*** Big Ears does, in fact, have [[CaptainObvious very large ears.]] However, the name can also be a reference to his [[BeingGoodSucks inability to ignore suffering]].
*** Thaco's name is a reference to an outdated D&D combat mechanic (To Hit Armor Class 0), which relates to his age (he is quite old for a goblin, and much older than the other members of the party). However, [[spoiler: it also hints at his extraordinary combat skill, as demonstrated in his fight against [[EnemyMine Delynn Goblinslayer.]]]]
*** Fumbles' name is a reference to his CloudCuckoolander status (he tends to trip over himself a lot during his shenanigans), as well as a "[[EpicFail fumble]]", otherwise known as a critical failure due to an extremely bad roll of the dice. [[spoiler: Which becomes tragically appropriate when he has the bad fortune of running into Dellyn Goblinslayer.]]
*** Complains of Names [[Captain Obvious likes to complain about the naming system]] of his goblin clan. [[spoiler: He's also the first one to suggest taking adventurer levels, thus [[ScrewDestiny casting off the fate foretold by the clan prophet]] as well as all of the goblin traditions tied to it. [[YouCantFightFate Or maybe not.]]]]
*** Chief is a subversion: [[spoiler: he was never supposed to be the chief, but he was given that name anyway so as to avoid a civil war.]] As a result, [[spoiler: he constantly tries, and fails, to live up to a role he was never supposed to have.]] Is it any wonder that [[spoiler: he's the first of the main characters to die?]]
** Inverted, amusingly enough, by [[HypocriticalHumor the protagonists' tribe's fortune teller herself]]: [[BlatantLies Young]]-and-[[SarcasmMode Beautiful]] is an ancient {{Gonk}}. Of course, she was young once, and may have been beautiful then.
** Non-goblin examples are also not uncommon, such as a player character resembling a Japanese samurai named Baka. Or for a less subtle example, Minmax. Or the hardcore Kore. And Dellyn '''Goblinslayer'''.
** And then there's "Duv", who might well be able to bring peace to the goblin tribes...
* MediumAwareness: Intermittently throughout, since the characters are aware of the nature of their universe, and the rules by which it runs. The adventuring party appear to actually be players, who occasionally break character and even reroll when they die, despite the whole thing, RPG mechanics and all, being ''very'' real to everyone else.
* MeleeATrois: In the Maze of Many, "our" Forgath-Kin-Minmax team vs. three alternate-universe Kins vs. a pack of undead made from many other dead AU counterparts. In retrospect, attacking a rival party fleeing from a lot of zombies may not be that wise.
* MenAreTheExpendableGender: Maglubiyet evidently buys into this trope, as it's apparently a divine mandate that no females (spellcasters excepted) are allowed in a goblin warcamp. As warcamps are essentially decoys to lure adventurers away from the women and children, this means a lot of goblin males die to deflect danger away from their families. Especially notable as Young-and-Beautiful, the only female in the warcamp, hides whenever adventurers approach.
* MerchandiseDriven: Brilliantly parodied by [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/08022011/ a filler strip.]]
* MercyKill: [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/02142008/ Stellar example.]]
* MermaidProblem: Alluded to with Dellyn and Kin, but largely {{handwave}}d away. Of course, [[{{squick}} all things considered]], [[NauseaFuel that's probably for the best]]. It works, but involves healing potions. Given who we're dealing with, it might not ''have'' to though. Since, in one of the alternate realities, Minmax and Kin have been having near-constant sex since the birthday scene, it's a pretty safe bet there's a less squicky way for that to happen.
* MinionMaracas:
** [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/12302005/ Minmax to Fumbles]], shortly.
** And then there's poor [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/02202006/ Shaken-Unfairly]]...
* MinMaxing: Minmax, of course. His player has apparently talked the GM into allowing him to trade various ordinary abilities for extra combat feats.
* MirrorMatch: [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/08192011/ Minmax vs. Minmax.]]
* [[MrExposition Miss Exposition]]: Kin
* MistakenForGay: Minmax's favorite way of riling up Forgath.
-->'''Forgath: ''That's it!'' ''' From the waist down, you're mine!\\
'''Minmax:''' Okay, '''''that''''' is the gayest thing you've ever said.
* MistakenForPedophile: Minmax shouts to a girl that she is "13 and hot," by which he means she has a Charisma score of 13 and is therefore physically attractive. The people in the crowded city around him unfortunately don't know he's talking about ability scores.
-->'''Forgath:''' Yeah, we're gonna get lynched...
* MonochromePast: Every flashback since the comic started to be colored is in grayscale.
* MontyHaul:
** Forgath mentions at one point in Brassmoon that they shouldn't expect to find magic items in a blacksmith's shop since "even Herbert isn't THAT Monty Haul." It's clear from some of the other things that they DO find that they're playing a campaign where all the cool stuff they get is [[SuspiciousVideogameGenerosity going to be necessary later]].
** One alternate universe apparently has so many magic rings that [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/08092011/ Forgath needs a special staff just to use them all.]]
* MoodWhiplash:
** Minmax pulls this off [[spoiler:when he finds Dellyn's sword.]]
** In the other direction, the comic goes from arguing about the rules to tear jerker in [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/10152010-4/ about]] [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/10192010-2/ three]] [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/10292010-3/ pages]].
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily:
** [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/10112011/ One of the demons.]]
** [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/06212012/ The Switchbeast]] might qualify, although it's a bit unclear whether these can be called teeth or "blades around the mouth".
* MorphWeapon / ShapeshifterWeapon:
** Dies-Horribly's metal arm;
** Dellyn Goblinslayer's wooden arm;
** Klik himself.
* MultiArmedAndDangerous: Mr. Fingers
* MulticoloredHair:
** Dellyn Goblinslayer; his hair is green on his half-plant side.
** Forgath gets a two-color ''beard'' after part of it [[spoiler:is regenerated by Psion Minmax's machine]].
* {{Munchkin}}: Minmax is, in all likelihood, a ''[[SubvertedTrope subversion]]'' of this -- while his character design ''is'' heavily [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin minmaxed]], he roleplays the disadvantages he took in exchange for all that combat potential to the hilt.
* MutualKill:
** [[spoiler:K'seliss vs. Mr. Fingers.]]
** Two of the characters in [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/03282013/ this strip]] impale each other simultaneously and fatally.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone:
** Forgath, after the slaughter of the goblin warcamp.
** Fumbles, too, after accidentally injuring an elf girl. [[spoiler:That's why he goes to Brassmoon, after all -- despite having been rather explicitly warned that it's the home of the Goblinslayer, and having witnessed Thaco's reaction to the idea of anyone in the party going there.]]
* NakedOnRevival: [[spoiler:Psion Minmax]]
* NeckSnap:
** Fluffles' [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/02142008 mercy kill]].
** Also, [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/08242008 Tayshun's death]] by Kin's hands.
** Kin later takes out her doppelganger in the Maze of Many [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/09132011/ using her tail.]]
* NegateYourOwnSacrifice: Unintentionally done by [[spoiler:[[http://www.goblinscomic.org/10242011/ Dies-Horribly]]]]. But it was a SenselessSacrifice anyway, so it's all good.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Mryorg, after almost releasing the demon in the Axe of Prissan intentionally, his quest for the greatest pain lead to him choosing to end his time with the axe and give it to a paladin. He chose the demon's pain in the end.
* NietzscheWannabe: [[spoiler:[[http://www.goblinscomic.org/02222011-2/ Psion Minmax]]]]
* NobleShoplifter: [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/01272007/ Thaco does this in Brassmoon]], although he and the other goblins haven't much clue on the value of human coins.
* NobodyPoops: Parodied, subverted, and then inverted in an EnemyChatter conversation the audience is allowed to [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/01202007 listen to]].
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: Klik grafting a part of himself to replace Dies-Horribly's arm is considered forbidden by his species, but he did it anyway to save Dies' life. In the end, [[spoiler:the arm becomes sentient and evil, Dies cuts it off, and it kills Klik.]]
* NonCombatEXP:
** It features one conversation between two city guards in Brassmoon City about a time when a DM granted someone roleplaying XP for taking a dump. This granted him just enough XP to level up. Needless to say, things got [[{{Pun}} crappy]] real fast.
** Minmax and Forgath discuss this early on, as well.
* NoNonsenseNemesis: On meeting for the first time, Forgath comments Kore probably wants to give a monologue about the nature of evil. Kore fires a volley of crossbow bolts at Forgath mid-sentence.
* NoodleIncident:
-->'''Thaco:''' So there I was, surrounded by penis monkeys...
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: Mostly played straight.
** Humorously {{lampshaded}} at one point by Complains-of-Names.
--->'''Complains:''' ''Damn right'' you're not leaving me behind!
** Then [[spoiler:averted with Kin.]]
** And again [[spoiler:[[http://www.goblinscomic.org/10292010-3/ with Chief]]]].
* NoOSHACompliance:
** Someone conveniently left a lot of broken rusty pipes sticking out of the water in the sewers.
** The Well of Darkness is much worse.
--->'''Grem:''' Wow. The guys who built this place sure had a thing for long drops.
* NotSoOmniscientAfterAll: Psion Minmax knows nearly everything about the Maze of Many. However his plan was hindered by what he believes is our Minmax and Kin being in love. Later, he is perplexed to find that something is drawing on the power of oblivion to punch holes in time, but he doesn't know what (it's Minmax's sword). He remains determined, however, and notes that only an idiot would say that these happenings are impossible. Then he finds Forgath and Kin, when according to what he knows 1) they should be dead, and 2) nobody should make it to that room for another 8 minutes.
-->'''Psion Minmax:''' [[HypocriticalHumor Impossible]].
** After using his trump card, Psion Minmax tells the survivors that there is absolutely no way they can stop him, as he will simply adjust his calculations with the next reset. [[spoiler:Minmax throws him into the winner's ring, forever banishing him from the Maze and ending his quest for oblivion]].
* NotTheFallThatKillsYou: Averted by Klik. Just because he can fly doesn't mean he can [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/07312006/ completely stop the momentum of a falling goblin]]. He later shows that [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/06052012/ he did learn from the experience, though.]]
* NotWorthKilling: Dellyn to Thaco, which is a FateWorseThanDeath for the former.
* ObliviouslyEvil: Kore and his lovely shade of denial.
* ObviouslyEvil: [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/06102011/ The alternate-universe goblins.]]
* OffModel: The artstyle is ''extremely'' loose, leading to many instances of this and the frequent, derisive description of the character designs as "lumps of plasticine [[OverdrawnAtTheBloodBank filled with ketchup]]".
* OffWithHisHead: The fate of [[spoiler:two demons]] in the Well of Darkness.
* OhCrap:
** Dellyn's reaction when he realizes just what Thaco has been doing during the battle.
** Thaco on [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/10192010-2/ this page.]]
** ''Any'' character, especially from one of the Monstrous races, upon the realization that [[TheDreaded Kore]] is on his way.
** Also, if a character utters "Sonova crap", it's probably paired with an OhCrap face.
** [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/01212011-2/ "Hi Names. Remember me?"]] The whole GAP.
** [[EldritchAbomination Mr. Fingers]] invokes this in all who look at him as a ''game mechanic'', by means of a fear-causing aura (forcing a Will save against panic). Dies [[FreakOut fails his save]] [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/03292011/ here]], while Fox blows hers [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/04052011/ soon after.]] Grem can handle the saves until Mr. Fingers uses an [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/05172011/ alternate]] method on him.
** Said outright by Alt Minmax when [[spoiler:Kin banishes Alt Not-Walter to Hell, depriving him of his only ally and ensuring he has a really bad time in the afterlife]].
** [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/06152012/ "You look shaken."]]
** Psion Minmax gets this expression when the 11 minor variables he thinks he can easily deal with turn out to be 11 alts all looking at him with sheer bloodlust.
** He gives another one later when [[spoiler: [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/07112013/ he finds that his weakness has been changed,]] so that Minmax #38 is immune to his powers, and is now able to hurt him.]]
** Forgath has one when he and Minmax [[spoiler: finally find the GAP.]] This isn't at all surprising, considering that the source of this moment is [[spoiler: Kore]].
* OldMaster: Thaco again.
* OmnicidalManiac: [[spoiler:[[PsychicPowers Psion]] Minmax]]. He's hoping for a [[ApocalypseHow Class Z]], but the best he can do is to [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/02222011-2/ localize it within the dungeon.]]
* OneManArmy:
** Kore is said to have wiped out entire armies of orcs and ogres by himself, making him a One-Dwarf Army.
** Biscuit rapidly proves himself to be a One-Orc Army.
* OneSizeFitsAll: Generally averted; size modifiers have been mentioned, and human-size gear has occasionally been rejected as unusable. The Axe of Prissan and Big-Ears' armor play this trope straight, justified by them being [[AWizardDidIt magical]] and designed to reshape and suit the needs of whoever uses them. Note that OneSizeFitsAll is an actual rule of ''D&D'' magic items. Imagine how much it would suck if you found some awesome magic armor you can't use because it's designed for an ogre.
* OnlyAFleshWound: K'seliss fighting with his teeth [[spoiler:after his arms literally fell off]].
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Dellyn insists on duelling Thaco so he can kill him personally, rather than letting his soldiers kill him. [[BatmanGambit Thaco uses this to his advantage]].
* OrwellianRetcon: the punchline of [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/12182012/ this]] page. Uncertain if the original pun[[note]]"a pen that cums"[[/note]] was replaced because it was too forced, or because it was kind of risque.
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: They feed by inflicting suffering on the souls of other creatures, they enslave mortals by [[DealWithTheDevil trading their souls for goods and services]], and [[IKnowYourTrueName if a mortal speaks their true name, they can be forced to do their bidding until the mortal dies]].
* OurGoblinsAreDifferent: The goblins are the ''good guys'' this time around. Well, at least some of them. The only way to consider Duv even remotely sympathetic by this point is to take her backstory (told in the first person) as the whole truth. Even then, she behaves awfully like a beginning EvilOverlord, with a self-admitted sadist, Riss, as her [[TheDragon Dragon]]. Either way, though, it's more character development than goblins usually get.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Klik's green offspring is technically a vampire. It doesn't drink blood so much as absorb it through contact, and heals when it does so. Its vampire qualities are made especially apparent when it kills the halfing archer instantly by stabbing him with its claws and draining him of every drop of blood.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: Minmax expects the zombies to be the [[ZombieGait slow, shambling type]]. [[WrongGenreSavvy When they charge towards him at running speed]], he accuses them of being "cheater zombies".
* OverusedCopycatCharacter: Mocked, roundly.
* PapaWolf: Pan's relationship with Yala.
* PaperThinDisguise:
** The logic behind [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/07232005/ an early plan]] (dressing everyone in the war-camp in fake moustaches) isn't so sound... But ''is'' temporarily deemed the least idiotic plan of the bunch.
** In alt-reality #20, Kin, Forgath and Minmax are on the run from the elves. Learning that the elves are hunting a bald human and a dwarf with a horned helmet, Forgath and Kin shave their head and Minmax starts wearing Forgath's helmet. Also, Kin throws away all her clothes because a naked snake-woman is the last thing the elves would expect... incidentally, the defining trait of reality #20 is that the trio are all really, ''really'' stupid.
* ParasiteZombie: The Yellow Musk Creeper, and the Thornback clan it has enslaved.
* PeekABangs: Saves-a-Fox
* PerpetualFrowner: [[spoiler:Psion Minmax]] doesn't seem the smiling sort.
* PetTheDog:
** Minmax believes that monsters should be killed for XP and treasure. However, when he finds out that his hero, Dellyn Goblinslayer, has been [[spoiler:repeatedly raping a yuan-ti]]... his first reaction is to promptly throw him out of a window.
** Then, he gets another one, which may qualify him for a true HeelFaceTurn, [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/09212010-2/ here]]. Say it with me now: ''[[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Awwwwww!]]''
** When he found [[spoiler:Saral Caine's corpse]], Dellyn was, quite startlingly, reduced to ''tears.'' That was his best friend and [[DeadSidekick sidekick]].[[invoked]]
* PocketDimension: The Maze of Many.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain:
** Fantastic Racism is one of Goblinslayer's defining traits.
** Kore refers to his targets as "evil", "monster", and "lower beasts". In his [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/09172005/ first appearance]], he made his views clear.
* PostVictoryCollapse: Apparently, a raging barbarian is completely unaware of injuries. Names has collapsed or screamed in pain the moment the rage ended on multiple occasions.
* PowerGivesYouWings: Kore's Individual Magic Effect is a pair of glowing wings made of chains with [[spoiler:his victims' heads attached]].
* PowerGlows: Everyone has an [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/08042006/ Individual Magic Effect]] that manifests in their spells, abilities, and magic weapons.
* PowerLimiter: Kin's collar supresses her magic and prevents her from hurting anyone if the attached leash is being held.
* ThePowerOfLove: [[spoiler:Kin and Minmax's]] love is almost magically confusing. It's also able to nauseate ''mathematics''. Yes. You read that right.
-->'''Psimax:''' I've run the Maze of Many eight hundred eighteen times and had one thousand nine hundred ninety one encounters with other multiversal variants. You're the first to surprise me.
* PreAsskickingOneLiner: Thaco, near the beginning.
-->'''Seth:''' Well, well. [[TemptingFate Three goblins who are too old]] to fight back. Easy XP.\\
'''Thaco:''' You know, in the old days, we depended on ingenuity, rather than feats, the strength stat used a forward slash as a decimal point... and there were no such thing as drow. (''pulling his cane into two swords'') I ''miss'' the old days.
* PrecisionFStrike:
** [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/10122010/ "Shit."]]
** [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/12312007/ K'Seliss's gesture to Grem in Panel 4.]] Strange, considering he only has two fingers and a thumb on each hand.
* ProphecyTwist:
** One example is Saves-a-Fox. She was prophesied to save a fox on a specific day. She decided to ScrewDestiny by killing it instead. [[spoiler:Eventually it's revealed that she DID save it... from terrible suffering due to an incurable illness.]] Before it was {{Jossed}}, one theory was that she was misinterpreting what "saves" meant. By keeping the fox's tail with her, she was "saving" it as a momento.
** Another example is Dies-Horribly. Fan theories abound about how it will be subverted. One predicts that he will eventually get over his fear of death and walk willingly into a HeroicSacrifice. Another is that instead of being destined for a horrible death, he is simply horrible at dying... that is, he repeatedly survives things he really shouldn't. [[spoiler:He's apparently died horribly at least once in the comic. Hard to tell if he'll do so again. And yes, both theories mentioned have been confirmed: he performed a HeroicSacrifice, and he didn't stay dead as he should have.]]
* PropheticNames: {{Lampshaded}}, {{Subverted}}, {{Averted}} and generally [[PlayingWithATrope played with]] by the various Goblin tribes mentioned.
* PsychicNosebleed: Big-Ears has one [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/02122007/ a first time]], then [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/07242007 later again]] when he detects Saral Caine's approach -- more specifically, the Axe of Prissan.
* PsychoForHire:
** Dellyn Goblinslayer, a sadist who justifies his brutality through the fact that he's doing it to supposedly AlwaysChaoticEvil creatures and that (his idea of) UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans.
** Riss, maybe -- he doesn't even try to deny taking the interest in suffering of others.
* PuffOfLogic: Psion Minmax is trying to do this on the entire Universe.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis:
** "[[http://www.goblinscomic.org/08142007 That... Is... MY AXE!!!]]"
** "[[http://www.goblinscomic.org/04272012/ Dwarves. Don't. Like. Trees.]]"
** "[[http://www.goblinscomic.org/10052012/ Leave! Fox! Alone!]]"
* PunctuationShaker: K'seliss
* PunnyName: A few.
** Kore is hardcore.
** Noe, whose name is a plot point; see "Who's on First?" below.
** Thaco is an old guy, and the term [=THAC0=] is not a part of the new rules.
** Baka, or "idiot" in Japanese, seems to have a rather fitting name. And he's somehow Japanese.
** Minmax, the {{minmax|ing}}er.
* PuzzleBoss: Implied with [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/06142011/ some golem monsters]] in the Maze of Many.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tropes Q to T]]
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil:
** Minmax considers Goblinslayer his hero until he learns [[spoiler:exactly what the sicko has been doing with his yuan-ti pet.]] Then again, this was the first hint Minmax got, period, that Goblinslayer was much happier with things like vivisection than just killing his enemies. It's possible he may have reacted the same way to finding out that Goblinslayer didn't just kill monsters in fights, but also captured monster women and children and tortured them unspeakably.
** On a meta level, at one point someone thought that a page that in context [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/04062012/ had nothing to do with rape]] was making light of it, leading to a (now deleted) blog post where Thunt explained how the very idea that he'd take such a thing lightly deeply offended him.
* RazorFloss: What Dies-Horribly's metamorphic arm amounts to when it gets thin enough.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Fox gives one to Duv when, after [[spoiler:having been saved from drowning by Fox, she then attempts to kill Fox.]] It gets to her.
-->'''Fox:''' Any adventurer will tell you that you need to be level 1 before you can reach level 2. In that same way, you need the power to kill before you can have the power to choose not to kill. It's the lesson I was supposed to learn the day I met that fox. It's what my name means. I just didn't know it until now.\\
'''Duv:''' But as I've said, you're obviously wrong. [[spoiler:[[YouAreAlreadyDead You're going to die]]]]. You've lost.\\
'''Fox:''' I'm [[spoiler:going to die,]] a goblin. You're going to live as... something else. And since your entire purpose is to celebrate and represent all of goblin kind, I don't think it's me who's lost.\\
(''Duv drops one of her razors'')
** Shortly after this, Duv gets another one from Biscuit, who suggests that, while he [[TheStoic has been taught to accept loss, and knows not to let it burden him]], she has let her desire to regrow her lost wing warp her into something weak and insane. Then, to prove the point, [[spoiler:he rips off her other wing]].
** An example of dueling speeches
** "You've been taking levels as an adventurer, haven't you? That's the most perverted thing I've ever heard of."
** "You're some random human I fought in the early levels of my adventuring career. You're a random encounter."
* RealityBreakingParadox: [[FanNickname Psimax]] seems to be [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/12062011/ attempting something like this]]. He seems to think that the rules of the pocket dimension they are in will allow it, as opposed to the universe at large.
* RebelRelaxation: K'seliss, [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/11172009/ second panel]].
* RedRightHand: There is no explanation why Psion Minmax's arms are skeletal, colored black and purple, and ending up in clawed hands. One thing it tell us for sure, is that he's bad news.
* ReleasedToElsewhere: [[spoiler:The Viper Clan let all their non-goblin slaves leave through the "South Exit" of their territory, a arena-like pit containing the Switchbeast.]]
* RememberThatYouTrustMe: Minmax tries to remind Kin of this when she seems to be keeping something from him. It's then horrifyingly {{Inverted}} when [[spoiler:the necklace Minmax gave Kin, the reason she started trusting him in the first place, is dropped into an [[RetGone oblivion hole]]. At that moment, she becomes even more distant, and a distraught Minmax tries to grab her and demand that she stop this and listen to what he has to say... only to realize that he mistakenly has grabbed her magical enslavement leash, destroying whatever trust she may have had left in him]].
* RetGone: When Psion!Minmax opens holes of oblivion, anything that falls in is not only destroyed, but erased from the memory of everyone, including the fact that they fell in. Kin is tipped off when Minmax throws his boots in, and she's left wondering how no-one ever noticed that he only wears one boot... er, he walks around barefoot...
* RipTailoring: Thaco with the [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/08132006/ halfling outfit]].
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge:
** Complains is prone to them. Now, he's a Barbarian and becomes stronger with them. [[spoiler:Chief's death leads to the ultimate one against Kore.]]
** Remember that orc who's been repeatedly dying for 600 years to [[spoiler:nourish the demons in the well of darkness?]] [[OhCrap He's loose.]]
* RolePlayingGameVerse
* RousingSpeech: One guard gives one to his men right before battling the party as a rare villainous example.
* RPGMechanicsVerse: The comic uses a heavily [[HouseRules houseruled]] ''D&D'' ruleset. The author has even [[WordOfGod gone out of his way]] to state that all the combat results that may seem like an AssPull are indeed legitimate. The system the comic uses undoubtedly relies on circumstance bonuses and penalties derived from good tactics, role-playing and the various in game circumstances. Called shots are likely factored in as well. It's also possible that certain effects like being doused in oil and lit on fire have been tweaked to be more realistic.
* RunningGag:
** Minmax can't keep a weapon. Specifically, he lost the sword he started with to one of [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/08062005/ Not-Walter's minions]], the one foraged from the [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/08222005/ one-legged, blind orc]] he plunged into one of the eyes of the Lake's [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/10072005/ tentacle]] [[EldritchAbomination monster]], but it was recovered by [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/10092005/ Forgath]], just to be destroyed by the [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/01292006/ Shield of Wonder's Entanglement Effect]], and the replacement they got in [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/02092010/ Brassmoon]] was broken in half by [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/03162010/ Goblinslayer]]. Even an [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/06242011/ alternate version]] of him is prone to this.\\\
** Later, Minmax acquires a weapon that [[MegaManning mimics whatever material it touches]]. Within minutes, he stuffs it into a hole in spacetime, which renders said weapon made of nonexistence. Fortunately it stops moving through time when he lets go of it and comes back when he needs it, which means that it's impossible for him to lose it.
** Whenever Minmax is about to do something life-threateningly stupid, Forgath tackles him to the ground. And it's always the exact same frame composition.
** Also, Minmax's color-shifting armor - whenever he says a color, it shifts.
* SacrificedBasicSkillForAwesomeTraining: Minmax
* SadisticChoice: The teller of one goblin tribe, when confronted with the need to pick the successor to their deceased chief, had to choose between the rightful chief, whose leadership would provoke a civil war, and the son of the previous chief, whose poor leadership would doom the clan to obscurity.
* SarcasmBlind: [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/11082006/ The hobgoblins of the Chorgrak clan.]]
-->'''Duv:''' No, I'm that ''other'' one-winged goblin.
* SarcasmMode:
** [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/01292007/ Thaco.]]
--->'''Big-Ears:''' [[CaptainObvious I detect sarcasm.]]\\
'''Chief:''' You need to be a paladin to detect Thaco's sarcasm?
** Duv, above.
* SaveScumming: Effectively what occurs in the [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/02112011-4/ Maze of Many]], as every unsuccessful attempt by every iteration of the party is rewound to the beginning again and again until each one succeeds. [[spoiler:This has already happened to Minmax's group [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/02152011/ almost two million times]], which Forgath is flumoxed to find out about.]] Presumably that also means [[spoiler:that exact conversation has taken place pretty close to that many times. And Minmax has kissed Forgath that many times.]]
* SchmuckBait: [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/01252011-2/ Treasure Plants.]]
* ScrewDestiny: Saves-a-Fox's motto. Unfortunately, it seems that [[spoiler:the fox she was supposed to save had a disease that ends in a horribly slow and painful death, [[YouCantFightFate so she was saving it by putting it out of its misery]].]]
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: {{Invoked|Trope}} [[LampshadeHanging by name]] by [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/05102011/ K'seliss...]] only to be just as quickly subverted by K'seliss's [[IWasJustPassingThrough return]].
* ScrewYourself: Alluded by Kin and Scorpion!Kin. [[spoiler:It's a trick by Kin to get her prehensile, sensitive tail wrapped around Scorpion!Kin's tail and throat. With the tail disabled, NeckSnap ensues.]]
* SealedEvilInACan: The Axe of Prissan is a powerful paladin weapon that contains a nigh-unstoppable demon. The axe needs to be recharged regularly (by being used to kill evil things) or the demon will escape and probably cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.
* SeeYouInHell: "Not Walter" says this to the Minmax who enslaved him, promising to get a bunch of his friends and dog-pile the man's soul when he finally dies.
* SelfFulfillingProphecy: [[spoiler:Saves-a-Fox]] fell victim to one of these. [[spoiler:She was given the choice between saving a fox from a trap, or killing it -- and thereby saving it from a horrible, lingering, invariably fatal disease.]]
* SenselessSacrifice:
** Chief goes to fight Kore knowing that he'll fail, but hoping to delay Kore. Kore simply incapacitates Chief and starts torturing him, knowing that Chief's screams will bring the rest. And then, [[spoiler:when they do return to rescue Chief, he dies from his wounds before they can get him healed.]]
** [[spoiler:Dies-Horribly accepts a DealWithTheDevil, believing it will free Duv's slaves from suffering, but the demon used ExactWords to give him a worthless stone orb instead of what he expected.]]
* SequenceBreaking: [[spoiler:Minmax, Forgath and Kin take a shortcut through the Maze of Many opened up by one of the oblivion holes]].
* SeriesContinuityError: When Minmax lets go of his sword [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/05212013/ here]], his future self is grabbing it with his left hand. Later, Minmax reaches for his sword... with his ''[[http://www.goblinscomic.org/08062013/ right]]'' hand.[[note]]You can tell because his gauntlets aren't symmetrical. The first of those pages shows his left hand, which only has the index and pinky fingers covered. The second shows him using his right hand, which has all fingers covered.[[/note]]
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Kin's first speaking page; high intelligence causes her to use unnecessarily long words when nervous. Or that's her excuse, at least.
* ShapedLikeItself: Forgath lamenting how difficult the Oracle (a stone face in the city) is, remarking that "It's like talking to a..." before Min-Max finishes "You were gonna say 'brick wall', weren't ya?"
* ShellShockedVeteran: Thaco. He's since recovered.
* ShipTease: People have speculated on a [[spoiler:Kin×Minmax]] pairing almost since she first joined the party, and it was helped along by the [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/09212010-2/ "birthday party"]], among [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/02082011-2/ others]]. [[spoiler:Finally, the "tease" part was [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/01062012/ dropped]].]]
* ShooOutTheClowns: Harshly averted, as Fumbles walks headlong ''into'' disaster rather than away from it.
* ShoutOut:
** Forgath Bladebeard has a horned helmet with one of the horns broken off. In R.A. Salvatore's ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' novels (you know, the ones with [[Literature/TheDarkElfTrilogy Drizzt the not-evil Dark Elf]] in them), this is one of Bruenor Battlehammer's defining features.
** To MutantEnemy: [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/08122006/ Grrr! Arg!]]
** To ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' with [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/11282006/ the Brassmoon guards' discussion]].
** There's a ''Franchise/StarWars'' shout out about [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/10132006/ the "crescent moon"]].
** [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/02282007/ The painting on the wall of Goblinslayer's lair]] is inspired by ''[[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_iBDQOXCHTEU/TA8gnEyeUmI/AAAAAAAAAss/aLAh9_cKz0U/s1600/paladininhell.jpg A Paladin in Hell]]'', a classic illustration from early ''D&D'' manuals.
** [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/02182011-3/ They hit overdrive in the Maze of Many]], with a ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' and a ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' shout out, if you can spot them. Lowest and rightmost of the alternates is also a shout out to ''Series/RedDwarf'' per {{Word of God}}.
** "I feel like there's already a ''D&D'', [[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick stick figure comic]]." (A filler page in a naïve, stick-figure comic style drawn by Fumble.)
** [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/02192013/ Forgath takes an]] [[MemeticMutation arrow to the knee]]. [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim It doesn't hinder his plans to continue adventuring]].[[invoked]]
* ShownTheirWork: Thunt based Kin's description of a [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/05312010/ yuan-ti mating ritual]] on the way garter snakes mate in real life.
* SimpleStaff: Saves-a-Fox's WeaponOfChoice.
* SkewedPriorities:
** Kore wants to eradicate '''all''' evil. He's murdering kids, not-evil people, and torturing to avoid it taking him longer to do this. {{Hypocrite}} would be a compliment.
** A lesser example; While bleeding out and on negative hit points, [[spoiler:Fox]] accepts a healing potion, but takes a moment to wash the [[spoiler:orc]] spit off of it, dropping down to negative 9 hit points while she does so.
* SlasherSmile: Evil humans can contort their faces in some... interesting ways, although it's implied that this is as much a matter of their victim's perception of them.
* SmiteMeOhMightySmiter: Chief, the cleric, has a [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/01032009 moment of this]] when an [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/07312008 unanswered prayer]] shoves him [[CosmicPlaything too far]].
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Female goblins aren't welcome in the war camp unless they are spellcasters, hence why Young-and-Beautiful the fortune teller is the only woman (?) around. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]], [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/08142005/ by the way]]:
-->"'''''Even Franchise/TheSmurfs had one woman!!'''''"
* SnakePeople: Kin the yuan-ti
* TheSoCalledCoward: Sort-of example with an ogre who literally has "COWARD" written on his forehead by torturers. Guess who's staying to cover the escape for others?
* SomethingElseAlsoRises: [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/08092010/ K'seliss' frill.]]
-->'''K'seliss:''' This means ''nothing'', ya hear me?! I... I was thinking about a battle I had ''ages'' ago!
* ElSpanishO: Senor Vorpal Kickass'o!!! And no, that tilde-less "n" isn't a typo.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Minmax is this to [[spoiler:Psion Minmax's plan to send everything in the Maze of Many into oblivion, first by being in love with Kin and second by using pseudo-oblivion as a weapon in the form of [[NamedWeapon Oblivious]].]]
* SpeakFriendAndEnter: At one point, the goblins encounter a sliding block puzzle, accompanied by the clue "To open the door, take the key, it will be yours if under the tree." Thaco and Complains try to move the blocks around until the block with the tree is under the block with the key, until [[spoiler:Fumbles pulls the tree block off the wall, revealing the key underneath it]].
* SpeakOfTheDevil: Noe
* TheSpeechless: [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/07292011/ One alternate Minmax]] is revealed to [[spoiler:[[http://www.goblinscomic.org/09022011/ have traded away the ability to speak for a +6 bonus to hit. (That's how much ''our'' Minmax has from his Strength bonus)]]]].
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Most of the goblins' names were using hyphens at the start of the comic. Later strips, however, tend to omit them. Thus, "Dies-Horribly" and "Dies Horribly", "Complains-of-Names" and "Complains of Names", "Big-Ears" and "Big Ears", etc., are both {{Canon}} spelling.
* SpikesOfDoom:
** The above AdvancingWallOfDoom.
** [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/06242011/ Another trap]] as well.
* StatOVision
* StepIntoTheBlindingFight: Thaco attempts to exploit the fact that he can see in the dark by luring Dellyn into a sewer before fighting him, and blocking off all the manholes so the sewer is pitch black. Dellyn, however, subverts this by casting a spell that provides him with a light source, rendering Thaco's advantage moot.
* TheStoic: Orcs of the Roak clan are taught to accept loss without pause or regret, so they aren't weakened by the pain of losing things. When Biscuit escapes from [[FateWorseThanDeath 600 years of demonic torture]], only to find out that the rest of the Roak clan was destroyed 200 years ago and he may be the LastOfHisKind, his response is "[[AngstWhatAngst Meh, oh well.]]"
* StopHelpingMe: [[invoked]] In the Maze of Many, Kin is struggling with an alternate version of herself, and their snake-bodies are tangled together. She says this to Minmax after he stabs her because he can't figure out which body goes with which Kin. Twice.
* {{Stripperific}}:
** Played straight with Drowbabe and Yodette.
** Subverted/deconstructed: The first thing Kin the Yuan Ti does after being freed from Dellyn [[spoiler:(besides murdering him horribly)]] is put on the most conservative coat she can find. She was only dressed this way in the first place, it seems, because Dellyn forced her to be. Which makes sense, considering what Dellyn [[RapeAsDrama used her for.]]
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Chief looks a ''lot'' like [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/01142006/ Kills-a-Werebear]]. Only lacking his look of confidence.
* StupidSacrifice: [[spoiler:Dies-Horribly gives his soul to the demoness in the Well of Darkness in return for... an orb of ordinary blue stone. Fortunately, he gets out of it due to LoopholeAbuse.]]
* SuperpoweredEvilSide:
** [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/12312010/ Complains' berserker rage]] gets an upgrade when he becomes [[spoiler:part demon.]]
** Dies-Horribly's arm has shown signs of its own will long ago. [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/11292011/ But now,]] [[spoiler:it's taking over.]]
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial:
-->'''Grem:''' You seem to know a lot about dungeon crawls. Have you ever done this before?\\
'''Saves-a-Fox:''' What? No. I'm not an adventurer.
* SwallowedAFly: One goblin tribe with a particularly inept fortune teller (and even more inept scribes) has a member named "Stop The Ceremony I Swallowed A Bug".
* SwordDrag:
** [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/07022007/ Complains with the +1 sword]].
** [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/10112008/ Variation]]: Complains gets sparks from the Shield of Wonder against a wall.
* {{Synchronization}}: Minmax claims that he and Kin are linked in a way Kin described her people do. Kin corrects him saying it only works "for" her people. [[spoiler:However, Minmax is later proven correct when Kin is shown feeling the same pain as Minmax when he punches glass, and going through the same motions.]]
* TakeAThirdOption: How Minmax defeats [[spoiler: the psionic Minmax in the Maze of Many. He forces him out by causing him to win.]]
* TakeMyHand
* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler:Due to his body rotting, K'seliss to Mr. Fingers. Due to a passive rotting effect, Mr. Fingers to K'seliss.]]
* TalkativeLoon: Asks-Nonsense. Even if some of his questions are actually rather puzzling... (how ''[[http://www.goblinscomic.org/09252005 do]]'' you know?)
* ATasteOfTheirOwnMedicine: In one of the {{Alternate Universe}}s, Minmax uses a crystal ball to learn the torture techniques Dellyn used against Kin and Forgath (who was also tortured by Dellyn in this particular universe), and decides to try them out on Dellyn.
* TechnicolorToxin: Not a toxin per se, but the disease [[EldritchAbomination Mr. Fingers]] inflicts with a touch is definitely... flashy.
* {{Telefrag}}:
** Sort of. What do you do when your most powerful weapon passes intangibly right through your enemy? [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/01112011-3/ You improvise.]] Also, [[{{Squick}} urgh.]]
** A true Telefrag is then narrowly averted when Onyx tries to [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/08052013/ teleport Minmax to the psionic engine room]]. Ruby thankfully stops her in time to mention "position 0" is the one she's occupying now.
* TemptingFate:
** Saves-a-Fox needs to get some GenreSavvy. She really should know better than to talk about how her entire sense of self is built on ScrewDestiny. Though if she doesn't believe in Fate in the first place...
** It takes [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/12302007/ much less than two rounds]] for Grem to be proved very wrong.
** [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/03252011/ Really, Dies?]] Shouldn't you know better by now?
** [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/11222011/ "Sorry, mortal. Not impressed."]] Well, your mistake, demon.
* ThanksForTheMammary: [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/11212005/ Seth and Drowbabe.]]
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/04122010 Fully justified]] (and oh so satisfying).
* ThirdLineSomeWaiting: There are three groups that share screen time: the Goblin Adventure Party, Dies-Horribly and Saves-a-Fox's group in the Well of Darkness, and the (mostly) non-monster party of Minmax, Forgath, and Kin.
* ThisCannotBe: Mocked and then played straight by Psion Minmax:
-->'''Psion Minmax:''' I'd be tempted to say that this is "impossible", but that is a word used only by idiots who lack the patience and reason to consider their own surroundings.\\
(''Kin and Forgath unexpectedly arrive eight minutes early'')\\
'''Psion Minmax:''' Impossible.
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch:
** [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/02152009/ It's payback time, bitch.]]
** Possibly one of the funnier examples ever made due to the inherent nerdiness of the statement.
--->'''Alternate!Minmax:''' [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/02252011-3/ Roll for initiative, bitch!]]
** [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/09232011/ I am great, bitches!]]
* ThisIsGonnaSuck:
** [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/12312005/ Minmax vs. Fumbles...]]
--->'''Minmax:''' Oh God.
** [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/03112011/ Forgath sums it up best...]]
--->'''Forgath:''' This is going to hurt.
* ThreePointLanding:
** Minmax landing on top of the tower in the Maze of Many's final room.
** Big-Ears [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/12072013/ after some fancy moves]] while fighting Forgath.
* ThrowingYourShieldAlwaysWorks: [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/11272005/ Check.]]
-->'''Minmax:''' ''HA HA!'' Looks like your useless, crappy shield [[TemptingFate isn't good for anything]]!\\
''*KONK*''
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/05172011/ Grem vs. Mr. Fingers.]]
* ToThePain: One alternate version of MinMax described from the Maze of Many resulted from a universe in which Kin didn't kill Goblinslayer. 'Slayer later caught up with them and killed Kin. Somehow, Mimmax subdued him again, brought him back to Brassmoon, tied him to a chair and gagged him. He then tells him that he found a crystal ball at some point which showed him, among other things, all of the horrible things he'd done to Kin. Minmax produces drawings of each of these acts (not being able to write), then begins performing each one on Goblinslayer. Somehow, he survives... [[spoiler:but then Minmax produces drawings of Forgath, who was separated from Minmax at some point and found by 'Slayer. He dies seven torture sessions later.]]
* TokenEvilTeammate: Signs show Takn to be this.
* TooDumbToFool: Minmax's smarter traveling companions eventually work out he's too dumb to confuse as he can't see what's wrong with what they're saying... right as they need him to become bewildered or they'll all die. Almost TooDumbToLive before Kin manages an alternative -- which doubles as a ShipTease.
* TooDumbToLive:
** Fumbles
** "Fluffles"' trainer
** [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/01252011-2/ Minmax]] at times. Fortunately, he travels with smart people.
* TookALevelInBadass: The entire plot of the webcomic is that a bunch of goblins start taking levels in adventurer classes.
** Big-Ears has his first big moment [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/08142007/ fighting Saral Caine]].
** [[spoiler:Chief]] used to be terrified of a few level 1 adventurers. Now, he's fighting [[spoiler:Kore]] head-on without fear.
** Is [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/11262010-2/ Fumbles]]... not fumbling now?
** It seems as if [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/11182011/ Dies-Horribly just took a level.]] [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/11222011/ Oh, so]] [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/11252011/ confirmed...]]
* TortureTechnician:
** Dellyn Goblinslayer (see also ShooOutTheClowns, BreakTheCutie);
** The Fat Guard who "trained" Fluffles.
* TragicKeepsake: One alternate dimension Minmax wears a necklace whose pendant says "This Is a Helmet"... and [[TheLancer Forgath]] is nowhere to be seen...
* TronLines: A magical version. Whatever shape it takes, the Axe of Prissan and the armor that goes along are adorned with such glowing motifs, the color of the I.M.E. of the wielder.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tropes U to Z]]
* {{Understatement}}: After [[spoiler:[[http://www.goblinscomic.org/03032010/ Goblinslayer told Minmax what he did with Kin]]]], Minmax justified [[DestinationDefenestration his response]] [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/03092010/ as follows:]]
-->'''Minmax:''' He was [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil being a dink.]]
* UnflinchingWalk: [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/11252011/ Dies]] after singlehandedly killing a demon multiple times his own size.
* UnfortunateNames: C'mon, "Dies-Horribly"?
* UnholyHolySword: Inverted with the Axe of Prissan. It detects as evil, but that's really the demon [[SealedEvilInACan it contains]] -- the Axe itself is a LawfulGood EmpathicWeapon meant to be a paladin's weapon because the demon can only be contained if the user does acts of good and the only people the makers considered capable of consistent acts of good were Paladins.
* UnpredictableResults: The Shield of Wonder is a very nasty artifact that causes them whenever struck in combat. See the Nightmare Fuel [[NightmareFuel/{{Goblins}} subpage]] for some of these.
* TheUnreveal: Kore took his helmet off?! We'll finally get to see what the true face of evil is... [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/01212011-2/ oh, guess not]].
* UpgradeVsPrototypeFight: The fight between Klik and Evil Klik is this trope to a T; with an older model facing off against a stronger, more violent, evil model. [[spoiler:The underdog doesn't win in this one, though.]]
* UseYourHead: Minmax tries this with a locked treasure room door. All he manages to do is lay himself out on the floor.
* VerbalTicName: Klik
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:Dellyn's]] really got started after he saw all he worked for being taken apart, then he [[spoiler:found Saral Caine's corpse]], shortly followed by his loss against [[spoiler:Thaco]], finally ending with his loss of position, being left as an angry drunk at a bar. [[spoiler:And then came his KarmicDeath]].
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Dellyn Goblinslayer, known by the town as Captain of the Town Guard, who is nonetheless confirmed as having an evil alignment.
* VitriolicBestBuds (Type 2): Forgath & Minmax
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Minmax. Much to [[PleasePutSomeClothesOn Forgath's]] chagrin, he started out not wearing pants either.
-->'''Minmax:''' Face it. I'm too much ''man'' for pants.
* TheWallsAreClosingIn: One of the many traps in the Maze of Many. Manages to kill [[spoiler:Barbarian Forgath and Kin.]]
* {{Wangst}}: [[invoked]] Touched upon.
-->'''K'seliss:''' Oh for the love of meat, SHUT UP! No one wants to hear your emo character background! My hands are ''LITERALLY'' melting away and I'm complaining less than you are!
* WatchOutForThatTree: [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/07312006/ Poor Klik.]]
* WeaksauceWeakness: Ordinary blood burns Klik like acid.
* WeaponOfXSlaying:
** The Finger of Hell, a knife which Dellyn custom-designed to inflict excruciating pain if used against goblins.
** The Racist Axe, which gives a considerable bonus to both accuracy and damage if the wielder and their target are the same race.
* WeMeetAgain: For once, it's actually a good guy who says it:
-->'''Forgath:''' Psionic Minmax. We meet again. But ''this'' time, I'm not bolted to a wall.\\
'''Psion Minmax:''' [[LampshadeHanging Clichéd dialogue is fun, isn't it?]]
* WhamEpisode:
** [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/11162010-2/ The page]] [[spoiler:in which Kore finally demonstrates that he has paladin powers, jossing a huge number of [[WildMassGuessing fan theories]] in the process.]]
** Continued [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/11262010-2/ a few pages later]], demonstrating [[spoiler:that Kore isn't vulnerable to the Axe of Prissan.]]
** Minmax, desperate to talk things out with a suddenly distrusting Kin, [[spoiler:unthinkingly grabs her leash while demanding she listen to him]].
* WhamLine: Said by Minmax, as he [[spoiler:unthinkingly grabs Kin's leash]].
-->'''Minmax:''' '''''Stop! And Listen to me!'''''
* WhatAnIdiot: [[invoked]] Even ''[[http://www.goblinscomic.org/02252011/ Minmax]]'' thinks so.
* WhatHaveIBecome: Complains, after the Shield of Wonder's handiwork.
* WhatMeasureIsAMook / WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: The comic is largely built on deconstructing the typical concept of goblins and other AlwaysChaoticEvil creatures being slaughtered without remorse by humans. This deconstruction is then inverted upon the Elite Guard of Brassmoon, who ''are'' always evil (being recruited as such) and are killed without remorse by the goblins.
* WhoDares:
-->'''K'seliss:''' Who '''''dares''''' to wake K'seliss?
* WhosOnFirst: The summon guide appears any time his name is spoken outside of his presence. If he is summoned more than three times, he will just kill the summoner(s). His name is "Noe". You can certainly see where this is going. Though it is also [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/11232009 subverted]] [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/11242009 quickly]].
* WhoWouldBeStupidEnough: ... to fall for the Treasure Plants trap?
-->'''Kin:''' They're only a danger to the dumbest of individuals.\\
(''{{beat panel}} as she shares a look of horrified realization with Forgath'')\\
'''Kin & Forgath: ''MINMAX!'' '''
* WhyDontYaJustShootHim: The guards end up discussing how Dellyn's obsession with personally killing Thaco is a liability.
* WhyWontYouDie:
** [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/10022007/ Said by Saral Caine to Big-Ears]] while trying to kill him with the Axe of Prissan, not knowing the weapon can't hurt paladins.
--->'''Saral Caine:''' How many times do I have to kill you before you '''''die!?'''''
** [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/03282013/ Later echoed by Minmax,]] similarly fighting against an alt-universe paladin Forgath, and turning his version of the Axe of Prissan against him.
* WingedHumanoid: Duv is marked out as the chosen one of Maglubiyet and rightful chieftain of all goblins by being born with wings.
* [[WithFriendsLikeThese With Teammates Like These]]: Though there have been examples in the Maze of Many previously, [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/03012011-4/ one specific trap]] has a good team contrasted with the bad one.
* WizardBeard: Wizard Minmax.
* WorstWhateverEver:
-->'''Seth:''' ''How the hell can I stabilize if I only get a lousy 10 percent per round? It's the lamest rule ever!''\\\
'''Chief:''' This has got to be the worst spear I've ever seen.
* WrongGenreSavvy:
** Dellyn Goblinslayer thought he was, at the very least, a legendary "boogeyman" figure to goblins. He's defeated by Thaco, and then told he's NotWorthKilling.
** A Viper clan goblin psyches himself up to fight a huge monster that another goblin had just said is basically unkillable. He tells himself that "This is '''''my''''' moment. '''''My''''' destiny. '''''My''''' story". He charges it, dodges its first attack... and is immediately one-shotted by Biscuit the orc, who wasn't even looking at him.
* WrongNameOutburst: See ILetGwenStacyDie above.
* {{Yandere}}: From [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/11292011-2/ the look of it]], [[spoiler:Dies' arm has this attitude toward Dies himself.]]
* YankTheDogsChain:
** Subverted after Kin falls off the wagon the goblins are using to escape Brassmoon and is recaptured by Dellyn. After a bar fight, [[spoiler: she not only manages to escape, but she also gets the opportunity to stab her tormentor to death as well as two adventurers to assist her in locating the Jade Teapot.]]
** Played straight [[spoiler:in the aftermath of the Maze of Many. After everything Kin and Minmax went through, Ruby!Kin destroys their relationship purely out of prejudiced spite. The arc ends with Ruby!Kin bitterly destroying Kin's necklace that symbolized her love for Minmax.]]
* YouAreNumberSix: Psion Minmax somehow enumerated the various realities present in the Maze of Many, and often referred to the characters by the numbers of the dimensions they come from. "Our" reality (the reality that the group the comic follows is from) is dimension #156.
* YouCantFightFate: It's a predominant theme in the webcomic. Goblins are supposed to follow the path their seers saw for their future. As a result, there have been attempts to circumvent that fate.
** See ScrewDestiny for Saves-a-Fox's case. [[She later learns her belief that she triumphed over her fate was mistaken.]]
** Played with in Dies-Horribly's case. [[spoiler:He certainly did (die horribly), he just didn't stay dead.]]
* YouExclamation: Minmax at the sight of [[spoiler:Not-Walter]].
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Green Hair]]
** Kin the yuan-ti.
** Dellyn Goblinslayer, [[MulticoloredHair partially]].
* YouKnowImBlackRight: Minmax at one point uses the word 'monster' derogatively in regard to Dellyn, to which Kin responds "...but ''I'm'' a monster."
* YourHeadAsplode: [[spoiler:The Psion Minmax]] seems fond of doing this to his "comrades"...
* YourOtherLeft: Forgath tries to deliberately confuse Minmax by telling him to look up. "No, your other up." Unfortunately, Minmax is TooDumbToFool and just simply looks down.
* YouShallNotPass: K'seliss, of all people, and Grem [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/05102011/ send Fox, Dies and Klik away]] while they guard the door against Mr. Fingers. Possibly gearing up for a MoreHeroThanThou moment.
* ZombieApocalypse: One of the alternate worlds whose Kin, Minmax and Forgath entered the Maze of Many. It's described by Saral Caine, who outlived Dellyn in this world. The story goes that someone known only as "After" was PatientZero, who, through an obscure loophole of magic, became a deity-level entity by infecting a demon from another world. Saral decided to capture some zombies -- who turned out to be Kin, Minmax and Forgath -- and shove them into the Maze of Many, hoping they would achieve something similar, and use the powers they would gain to help fight back against the zombie hordes. The chilling thing is that there is ''at least one alternate world demon'' in the maze, so they could actually pull it off eventually.
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!!''Tempts Fate'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* TheAgeless: A Demon Lord curses Tempts with immortality so he can get revenge on him 10,000 years later. Tempts' response to this shifts from WhoWantsToLiveForever at the idea of being completely immortal, to CursedWithAwesome when he finds out he can still die from injuries.
* {{Badass}}: Tempts Fate, of course.
* ChromeChampion: The power given to Tempts Fate by his magic belt whenever he's jumping or falling.
* CuttingTheKnot: [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/tempts-fate-5/ Problem: Riddle door will kill you if you incorrectly answer the question. Solution: Walk through the door without bothering to test your luck.]]
* ExactlyWhatIAimedAt: [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/tempts-fate-3/ Strip #3]]
* EyeScream: When Tempts kills a Demon Lord, the demon's (still sentient) eye latches on to Tempts' body. Unfortunately for it, Tempts makes sure it latches on to the sole of his foot, then goes for a walk across some gravelly ground.
* [[ExplainingYourPowerToTheEnemy Explaining Your Curse to the Enemy]]: In ''Tempts Fate 8'', the dwarf explains his curse and main weakness in great details to Tempts Fate, giving the GenreSavvy goblin an easy way to defeat him.
* FacePalm: As with the main comic; Tempts Fate does this regularly.
* {{Golem}}:
** The Rant Golem.
** The Liquid Golem [[spoiler:a.k.a. the Kool-Aid guy]].
* GuileHero: Tempts typically survives traps not by fighting through them, but by outsmarting them. Sometimes he manages to bypass danger entirely by [[TakeAThirdOption Taking a Third Option]].
* HeyCatch: Tempts Fate to the cursed dwarf. Who dumbly catch the weapon, just after saying this would trigger divine retribution for him.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: The dwarf who has been cursed to only use household items for weapons and armor.
* IntercontinuityCrossover: ''[[http://www.goblinscomic.org/tempts-fate-8-5/ Tempts Fate]] vs. the Predatory Alien Creature [[YouWannaGetSued Which Is Legally Distinct]] from Some Other Kind of Franchise/{{Predator}}''
* LighterAndSofter: Compared to the main comic. One ''Tempts Fate'' segment involved Chris Hansen from ''Dateline'' (why doncha have a seat right over there.), a fast-talking giant maggot, the Kool-Aid guy (OH YEAH!!!), Creator/WilWheaton, and Creator/MichaelBay.
* {{Loincloth}}: Following a WardrobeMalfunction.
* MeaningfulName: [[TemptingFate Tempts Fate]]
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: "All will die at the hands of Suffer!"
* NeckSnap: [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/tempts-fate-5/ Treated almost as]] an OffhandBackhand.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: A character named "Pirateninja" appears in one of the strips.
* NoKillLikeOverkill: The fifth challenge comic ends with the appropriately named "The Most Unnecessarily, Overly Trapped Door '''Ever'''". Tempts Fate throws one of his leather gauntlets to it, and all we see is his [[TakeOurWordForIt slight surprise and cringed reactions as all sorts of attacks happen on it]], including cutting, torching, damage bonus, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking a wooden dummy spitting on the corpse.]]
-->'''Tempts Fate''': I... [[NightmareFetishist I think I'm a little turned on right now.]]
* OffHandBackhand: Or more appropriately [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/tempts-fate-5/ Offhand Neck Snap]].
* PlotHole: Gleefully parodied in-universe with the conclusion to ''Tempts Fate 9''.
* SatireParodyPastiche: The intro to ''[[http://www.goblinscomic.org/tempts-fate-9/ Tempts Fate 9]]'' is a brilliant skewering of ''[[Series/{{Dateline}} To Catch a Predator]]'', complete with {{lampshading}} by Tempts.
* SceneryCensor: [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/tempts-fate-7/ At the end of strip #7]], a bug flies just in front of the right spot.
* SelfDeprecation: [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/tempts-fate-7/ The Rant Golem is all about this.]]
-->'''Rant Golem:''' ''[[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Order of the Stick]]'' is better.
* StuffBlowingUp: Lampshaded in ''Tempts Fate 11'' through UnsoundEffect.
* TakeThat: In [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/tempts-fate-11/ "The Search for Fate"]], it's revealed that Tempts Fate has been imprisoned for kicking too much ass. An attempt to get a mole into the prison, which only takes the WORST criminals of all time leads to him claiming that he kicks puppies (not evil enough), kills people (not evil enough) and wrote the ending to ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' (Criminal! You're under arrest!)
* ThanksForTheMammary: Happens to Tempts Fate in the Realm of Naked Mudhoney-Covered Babes... with three girls. In one panel. Subverted, though, as he has ''no'' attraction to human females and is therefore {{squick}}ed by it.
* ThreePointLanding: Tempts Fate lands like this after blowing up several demons in ''Tempts Fate 11''.
* UnflinchingWalk: Tempts Fate walking away from the monsters guarding the Gates of Hell that he's just blown up.
* UnsoundEffect:
** TELEPORT NOISE! (As per the order of Marvel Comics Legal Department, the noise is [[YouWannaGetSued most definitely not "Bamf"]]. Nor is it "Snikt" or "Thwip".)
** KERSPLOSIONFORNOREASON!
* WorstWhateverEver: "This is the worst parody ever."

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