'''''[[http://www.meatshield.net/ MeatShield]]''''' is a SwordAndSorcery, ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''-style fantasy comic strip that updates Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. ''[=MeatShield=]'' centers on the adventures (or lack thereof) of Dhur, a mighty half-orc barbarian warrior, Ch'p, halfling monk and pastry chef extraordinaire, and Jaine, half-elven mistress of magic, music and sarcasm as they wander the world of Ardris.

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!!''[=MeatShield=]'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* AgonyOfTheFeet
** Becky Sourbottom, with the BeQuietNudge below.
** Dhur, [[http://www.meatshield.net/archive/173-boot-to-the-door/ "Boot to the Door!"]]
* AreWeThereYet: [[http://www.meatshield.net/archive/296-gloomvault/ Dhur, of course.]]
* AssShove: [[http://www.meatshield.net/archive/papillon-i-need-some-money/ "Papillon, I need some money..."]]
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Clan Punchintheface
* AnAxeToGrind: Dhur
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:Dhur, thanks to a feud between the celestial tasked to guide him to the afterlife and Borloth the Necromancer.]]
* BeQuietNudge: [[http://www.meatshield.net/archive/dhur-master-of-pig-latin/ Dhur to Becky.]]
* BigBad: Disparoxus. At least according to the author.
* BerserkButton: Don't ever mention "'''RULES'''" around Dhur.
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: From Borloth the Necromancer:
-->'''Borloth:''' You will have to be more specific. I have killed many friends.
* CallingYourAttacks: Lampshaded in [[http://www.meatshield.net/archive/244-attack-name-go/ this strip]].
-->'''Ch'p:''' It's called "respect for the art", Day'l! Something I don't expect you to understand!
* ChildhoodMarriagePromise: Except Dhur didn't technically promise anything.
* CompensatingForSomething: Ch'p wonders if the [[http://www.meatshield.net/archive/welcome-to-scenic-vedris-city-of-serpents/ two huge snake statues at the entrance of the port of Vedris]] means the city is compensating for some shortcoming.
* DeadpanSnarker: Jaine
* DopeSlap: [[http://www.meatshield.net/archive/196-disparoxus/ Jaine to Dhur, of course.]]
* ExpressiveAccessory: Dhur's belt buckle.
* FacePalm
* FastballSpecial: Dhur is big and strong, Ch'p is small... [[http://www.meatshield.net/archive/one-fastball-special-comin-up/ It was bound to happen.]]
* FiveManBand:
** TheLeader: Jaine
** TheLancer: Dhur
** TheBigGuy: Ch'p
** TheSmartGuy: Philo
** TheChick: Becky
** TeamPet: Vorpal
* FourFingeredHands: Any non-humans or non-elves (or non-hybrids) like dwarves, goblins, halflings, etc. Snake-people have three-fingered hands.
* HalfHumanHybrids: Dhur is orc/human and Jaine is elf/human.
* ICallHerVera: Dhur names his brand-new axe "Grinsplitter".
* IdiotHero: Dhur, in a standard joke, is exceedingly dim.
* InTheBack: Becky has no qualm against backstabbing bad guys.
* IThinkYouBrokeHim: [[http://www.meatshield.net/archive/a-simple-question/ "I think you broke her brain."]]
* IThoughtEveryoneCouldDoThat: Dhur is surprised to learn others can't tell [[http://www.meatshield.net/archive/469-did-i-say-something/ who is a shapeshifter by scent]]
* ItsPronouncedTroPAY: {{Word of God}}:
** DHUR: pronounced as "durrr", as in "I don't get it, durrrr...."
** JAINE: pronounced as "jane", such as the name.
** MONA DHOHSWIF (Dhur's mom): Mo-nah Doe-swiff
** CH'P IR'KELL: Ch-IP Ur-UH-kell
** JONUS: Jo-NUSS
** KILANIO: kill-ON-yo
** NITSU'A: nit-SUU-ah
* KilledMidSentence: [[http://www.meatshield.net/archive/317-becky-makes-with-the-stabby-ness/ This bad guy.]]
-->'''Becky:''' Mister, you talk too much.
* LastSecondWordSwap: Dhur [[http://www.meatshield.net/archive/the-journey-begins/ tries one here]], but he's not very good at it.
* LetMeGetThisStraight: [[http://www.meatshield.net/archive/dhur-and-the-duckies/ A textbook example.]]
* LiteralMetaphor: [[http://www.meatshield.net/archive/179-a-little-soul-searching/ Leonid doing a bit of soul-searching...]]
* LukeNounverber: Becky Sourbottom
* ModestyTowel: [[http://www.meatshield.net/archive/dhur-and-the-duckies/ Well, modesty blankets.]]
* NakedOnRevival: [[spoiler:Dhur, after coming BackFromTheDead. And he's bald, too.]]
* NerdGlasses: Stan the orc
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Done deliberately and lampshaded. Also, provides the page image.
* OurLichesAreDifferent: Leonid the pseudo-lich
* PassThePopcorn: The two drow watching the protagonist duo.
* PunctuationShaker: Ch'p Ir'kell; Day'l Ir'ket; the Nitsu'a monks in general.
* RolePlayingGameVerse
* ScarilyCompetentTracker: Dhur, [[http://www.meatshield.net/archive/451-the-dirt-whisperer/ very good at tracking]], [[http://www.meatshield.net/archive/446-meatshield-year-five/ terrible at map reading.]]
* ShipSinking: {{Word of God}}:
-->[[http://www.meatshield.net/about/ No. I don't feel like]] drawing "''D&D'' meets ''Moonlighting''". Besides, think of what their kid would look like: part half-orc, part half-elf... my friends, that sounds like a one-way ticket to [=UglyTown=].
* ShoutOut
** [[http://www.meatshield.net/archive/dhur-gets-the-man-chair/ At least three in one panel.]]
** [[http://www.meatshield.net/archive/323-on-the-catwalk/ And three more in this one.]] With CallBack to boot.
* SiblingYinYang: Dhur and his brother Ghar.
* SmokeOut: Day'l [[http://www.meatshield.net/archive/244-attack-name-go/ pulls out one]].
* SmugSnake: Day'l Ir'ket
* SnakePeople: The inhabitants of Vedris, the City of Serpents. Extract from the ''Encyclopedia Ardrisia'':
-->''The Church of Vasra, God of Serpents and Secrets, is headquartered here. Long ago, a fundamentalist movement in Vedris prompted the faithful to undergo magical transformations into snake-human hybrids to prove their devotion. This magical alteration has bred true and now nearly 50% of the population are snakepeople.''
* SpitTake
** [[http://www.meatshield.net/archive/temp-headline-for-122309/ Jaine, here.]]
** [[http://www.meatshield.net/archive/333-so-youve-heard-of-it/ And then, her father.]]
* UngratefulBastard: Prince Jonus of Westhame
* WallOfBlather: [[http://www.meatshield.net/archive/182-hmm-no-i-was-listening-really/ Leonid isn't exactly listening to Disparoxus.]]
* XOnAStick: Lich-on-a-stick. No, really.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler:[[http://www.meatshield.net/archive/195-or-even-an-untrained-monkey/ Disparoxus to Leonid.]]]]

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