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[[http://rpgworldcomic.com/d/20000827.html ''RPG World'']] was an award-winning webcomic by Ian Jones-Quartey, part AffectionateParody, part TakeThat, part {{Homage}} and part original spin on the idea of a ''FinalFantasy'' style console [=RPG=] and the characters who dwell in them, as well as the VideogameTropes and AnimeTropes encountered in such games. It once crossed over with ''Webcomic/{{Adventurers}}'', in a StoryArc titled "Eh It Had To Happen". ''RPG World'' was abandoned shortly before a climactic battle with the BigBad; as a result of CreatorBacklash against a rather vocal HateDom.

Jones-Quartey later co-produced animated shorts called ''[=nockFORCE=]'' with Matt Wilson - they can be viewed on their youtube channel [[https://www.youtube.com/user/nockFORCE here]]. He has since gone onto work as a hired animator for such shows as ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' and ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' (even doing voicework i.e ''WebAnimation/BravestWarriors''), and is currently creative director of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''. Also Jones-Quartey is producing his own animated series, ''Lakewood Plaza Turbo'', after a strong positive reaction to the pilot. It's [[OrphanedSeries very unlikely he'll be coming back to this any time soon]].

As of 2014 RPGW's domain name is up for sale, putting an end to the series for good. The archives can be found on the Wayback Machine but they are incomplete. Luckily, the whole archive is available to download [[http://www.mediafire.com/download/ydjjho4rzqh/RPG+World+Disc+1.cbz here]], [[http://www.mediafire.com/download/q4zqnhqdy0l/RPG+World+Disc+Two.cbz here]] and [[http://www.mediafire.com/download/24xeyywzotm/RPG+World+Disk+Three.cbz here]].

The cast included:

'''In the "real world":'''

* Jim, The Guy who Plays RPG World, appearing mainly in FillerStrips or moments of SomethingCompletelyDifferent.

'''In the game world:'''

* '''[[NoNameGiven Hero]]:''' The Lvl 50 Warrior; A human with AnimeHair, who named himself TheChosenOne, and is rather competent a fighter if he's not in his TooDumbToLive stage.
* '''Cherry:''' The Lvl 50 Thief; an elven thief who can also summon, who is one part of the TriangRelations of the party.
* '''Diane:''' The Lvl 49 Mage; The magic user and healer of the party.
* '''Eikre:''' The Lvl 46 Outlaw; The enigmatic.
* '''Reka:''' The Lvl 42 Science Pirate; The [[WrenchWench girl]] [[GadgeteerGenius genius]].
* '''Dragobo:''' The Lvl 37 Cute Fuzzy Thing TheVoiceless and TeamPet.
* '''Howard:''' Another cute fuzzy thing and apparently the White Mage.
* '''Rabble-Rouser:''' A dance battler. The strip ended very shortly after he joined the main party.
* '''Galgarion''' - the BigBad, who had his own ThemeTune and was romantically interested in Cherry.
* ...and a CastHerd of {{NPC}}s.
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'''This webcomic displays examples of:''' [deep breath]
* AbandonedInfoPage
* AnAdventurerIsYou: Hero and his party naturally.
* AerithAndBob: from Eikre and Galgarion to Diane and Jeff.
* AffectionateParody: ''FinalFantasy'', and most long-plot console roleplaying games.
* ArtifactOfDoom: The Mystical Keys, which are in the shape of four books. Two known books so far, the Phoenix Book and the Tiger Book, contain encyclopedic information on taking over the world and evil ethics/war tactics/strategy respectively.
* AttractiveBentGender: Ian polled readers to find out which character in the comic would win a swimsuit competition. After the results were tallied, it was revealed that character with the second highest number of votes ("Red Haired NPC Girl") was really just Hero, the lead male character, dressed like a girl.
* AuthorAppeal: Jones-Quartey was himself an avid console gamer, which is part of the reason he started the comic.
* AWizardDidIt: That's the in-game [[http://rpgworldcomic.com/d/20031219.html explanation for cheat codes]].
* {{Backstory}}: Everybody has one, and [[OneDegreeOfSeparation they're all interconnected!]]
* BerserkButton: As per usual for an IdiotHero, it's a bad idea to hurt Hero's friends in front of him. A DOUBLE bad idea since as an ex-soldier of SEVIL, he was injected with a SuperSerum that activates when he's angry.
* BetaBaddie: Jeff.
* BigBad: Galgarion.
* {{Bishonen}}: Eikre and Jeff.
* BrownNote: The Mystic Keys were quite possibly these. At least reading the Tiger Book made Jeff go crazy and turn evil.
* BunglingInventor: the [=NPC=] Machine Guy creates a time machine... when he tried to make a toaster.
* {{Cameo}}: Khrima from ''Adventurers!'' appeared in the halls of Eikre's high school in Eviltown. Hero, Cherry and Galgarion made cameo appearance in ''Adventurers!'' as well. This is all in addition to the crossover. "Clint" from Stubble Comics also appeared as the summon "Angst-Filled Teen".
* CannotSpitItOut: Cherry has come close several times to telling Hero how she feels about him. But his stupidity makes her question this feeling as much as circumstances prevent her from saying it.
* CaptainErsatz: The whole ''RPGWorld'' universe is CaptainErsatz of a ''FinalFantasy'' world, most closely resembling that of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''.
** Howard Wigglebottom, a mubble, is a CaptainErsatz of a ''FinalFantasy'' Moogle, Dragobos are Chocobos, Shida is Shiva, and Reka is Luca from ChronoTrigger...
* CatsHaveNineLives: Larry and Earl, they're down to 2.
* CerebusSyndrome: though arguably a subversion as the story went back to comedic after an extremely serious comic.
** One strip hung a {{lampshade}} on some of the idiosyncrasies of video game plot pacing when the heroes were forced to do a lighthearted butterfly-catching minigame but were completely unable to enjoy it, because they were still broken up about a character who had just died.
* ChekhovsGun: Ian J. created banner ads for a game called RetroMud where he put the ''RPG World'' characters in different outfits. Diane wore her mage outfit in these ads. Cherry was depicted as an archer, although her [[UnderBoobs underboob]]-displaying outfit never made it in. Detestai was seen in a loose skimpy robe/drape thing that was later donned by Feijoa.
* ChekhovsGunman: Early in the comic, Hero and Cherry encounter a viking named Olaf the Unspeakable, but flee. He later appears as part of a DualBoss fight, and is much tougher.
* ContrivedCoincidence: [[spoiler: Eikre's introduction led to a number of factors that made it look like he was obviously Galgarion in disguise such as him constantly hitting on Cherry, being overly suspicious and wearing a shirt that says ''EVIL'' on it. It turns out that he was just a pervert and EVIL is the name of his favorite band.]]
* TheChosenOne: Actually three of them. Hero, Cherry and Diane. Long story.
** Parodied with Hero who, while he IS someone chosen, keeps calling himself the Chosen One in Langoria, where he isn't. The elves just give up trying to convince him otherwise.
* {{Cliffhanger}}: The final battle with Galgarion which was on the verge of starting when the comic ended. And the sub-plot of [[spoiler: Reka's robots making a time machine to supposedly save her from being killed.]]
* {{Crossover}}: Did one with ''Webcomic/{{Adventurers}}!'' Also did a Halloween crossover with Josh Mirman's Stubble Comics, named "Party Of Terror". Sadly a MissingEpisode now that RPGW's and Stubble's archives are gone.
* {{Cutscene}}: Usually placed at the end of a story chapter, paralleled to the end of a disc on the game. There was an ArtShift to not only color but a more detailed style to ape the fact that console games go from sprites to more elaborate animation for such scenes in games.
* CutscenePowerToTheMax: Eikre's Top Cut manages to OHKO a boss character the group was having trouble with as his introduction but he hasn't used the move since, and it's acknowledged.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Galgarion is a borderline example of this trope. He's not exactly a moron, but his tendency to be AffablyEvil makes it easy to be surprised by things like when he [[spoiler:raided the Mubble villiage and drained the souls out of most of them, including Howard's girlfriend.]]
* DanceBattler: Rabble Rouser.
* DeadpanSnarker: Cherry, usually.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The inconsistency between colored and uncolored comics is [[JustifiedTrope explained]] as the television set the game is being played on constantly switches between monochrome and color.
* DistractedByTheSexy
* TheDogWasTheMastermind: [[spoiler:The ''flower'' was Galarion!]]
* DuelBoss: Jeff was looking to be one of these for Eikre when the comic went on permanent hiatus.
* EasyAmnesia: Hero had it, and there was very little that happened to help him resolve that.
* EatTheDog: one of the filler pages.
* ExposedToTheElements: One of the VideogameTropes parodied by this comic.
* ExtraOreDinary: Jeff had some metal manipulation magic powers. He only changed his dagger to an axe in the comic, but he also implied he was keeping most of his abilities secret.
* {{Fanservice}} - Across the whole main party. Even {{lampshaded}} when Ian drew Cherry pin-up style and she complained that that was Diane's job.
* FantasticRacism: Humans v. Elves v. Monsters
* ForebodingArchitecture: Galgarion's tower.
* GadgeteerGenius: Reka
* GeniusDitz: Hero
* GenreSavvy:- Diane convinces Hero to escape the village when she tells him an [[OldMaster "Old Man NPC"]] wearing a mysterious cloak told them to.
---> '''Hero''': An Old Man NPC?! They never say anything impure!
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: When Cherry was nearly killed by a monster and Diane had to use her Kiss ability to heal her, Eikre was delighted. Hero didn't understand the subtext and thought Eikre just wanted a kiss of his own.
* GoodIsDumb: Hero
* GoofyPrintUnderwear: Hero wears red heart boxers (as seen when he opens his [[TrouserSpace inventory]]).
* HalloweenCosplay: ''RPGWorld'' was one of the first strips to start doing this, many others credit Ian J. for the idea.
* HelloInsertNameHere: Hero does this to Diane on the rename screen, whose original name was Lienne.
* HiddenElfVillage: Langoria.
* HighAltitudeBattle: In Cherry's homeland, an elven city in the trees.
* {{Homage}}: Well, sort of.
* IdiotHero - More like overly naive, but still...
** Pun unintentional. Ok, maybe a little...
* ILoveTheDead: Parodied in a filler strip in which Ian poked fun at shippers. The specific joke was about Cherry/Reka shippers. [[spoiler:Cherry was ''not'' interested in a relationship with Reka's corpse]]
* KnightOfCerebus: Jeff, although Galgarion had a few DeadSerious moments.
* LampshadeHanging: A lot considering the comic's a parody, but most of it is done by Cherry.
** This is {{handwave}}d by saying that as a ChosenOne, Cherry uses her connection to the [[TheLifeStream Tatsachore]] to see past the bounds of their world, meaning that while Hero can power up his stats and Diane can use magic more effectively, she just gets to [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway notice game mechanics]].
* LeftHanging: The fate of the comic after Ian put it on [[OrphanedSeries Indefinite]] SeriesHiatus.
* MagicSkirt: Though in Reka's case, it's Magic Saggy Pants; nothing is actually holding them up.
** If Hero's sketchy detective work is true, they're [[http://rpgworldcomic.com/d/20030309.html held up by glue]].
* MistakenForAfterlife: When Eikre is drowning, he thinks [[http://rpgworldcomic.com/d/20011125.html Reka is an angel coming to take him to his rest]]. He shortly realizes his mistake, but thinks it's just as good.
* MoodWhiplash: Parodied. Just after [[spoiler:Reka dies]], the heroes have to play a minigame where they catch butterflies - but since they were extremely fond of [[spoiler:Reka and she happened to be a party member at the time of her plot-relevant death]], they're irritated, annoyed, sad, anything but enjoying themselves.
* MookFaceTurn: Evil Soldier #347, most badass CannonFodder guy to [[TookALevelInBadass become a main character]] without as much as getting a name, ever.
* MoralMyopia: Inverted.
* NoEnding: The characters reach the final boss, begin fighting the final boss and then... nothing. As it turns out, the creator just plain got tired of working on the comic and axed it. Considering that there was a just-introduced character, two missing [=MacGuffins=], and a bunch of unresolved sideplots, the ending probably wasn't that imminent anyhow. Doesn't make it any less stinging however.
* NoNameGiven: No one knows Hero's actual name, including [[LaserGuidedAmnesia Hero]], so he just answers to the name Hero.
* NeverSayThatAgain: Jim's friend often does this to Jim, in the form of, "If you ever ______ again, I will kill you."
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Galgarion, as seen in [[http://rpgworldcomic.com/d/20040616.html this comic]].
** While discussing strategy with Galgarion, Jeff used metal magic to turn his dagger into an axe and back again. When Galgarion asked Jeff why he didn't do that during the fight he lost, Jeff countered that maybe Galgarion wasn't the only evil genius.
* OminousLatinChanting: The elevator up to Galgarion's suite before the comic was abandoned.
* OrphanedSeries: One of the most frustrating examples.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Cherry's initial motivation for joining the Hero.
* OurElvesAreBetter: Especially when most of them present are Amazons.
* PantyShot: Averted with Diana's Mage outfit, it's actually [[http://rpgworldcomic.com/d/20040319.html her leotard]].
* PimpedOutDress: Cherry's dress in the Elf village arc, which impressed Hero... with the increased polygon count.
* PointyEars: Elves of course have them [[spoiler:works as a ChekhovsGun to keen eyed readers in the first strip when Cherry was introduced to showcase she's not human. Though that also could've been a ThrowItIn by Ian as well.]]
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: Galgarion has a weapon that works like this: he uses it to suck the soul out of one person, then launches the souls as a beam of energy. It does 9999 damage, although it can also cause instant death, or unfortunately, slow and agonizing death. His use of this weapon, and later boasting about having used it on innocent people, including one underling's wife, are the first signs of Galgarion's true nature.
* PluckyComicRelief: Reka's bots, and various one-shot characters, as well as the cast themselves on a rotating basis.
* PsychoForHire: Jeff.
* PublicServiceAnnouncement: Marlboros (a parody of [[Franchise/FinalFantasy Final Fantasy's]] Malboros) are tentacle monsters who smoke cigarettes, wear cowboy hats, use their horrible smoker's breath to do damage and inflict status effects, and keel over dead of lung cancer in the middle of the fight. Eikre suspects that their inclusion in the game was a PSA.
* RedHerringMole: One of the most elaborate examples ever. The comic goes into so many ways Eikre could be Galgarion that it looks like it could be a parody of really, really obvious Moles, helped by the fact that Galgarion's ''real'' disguise is [[TheDogWasTheMastermind so incredibly subtle]].
* RunningGag: Hero's stupidity, Cherry questioning a lot of videogame tropes, Podder-head's [[ButtMonkey bad luck]] and his complaining about not having his arm repaired when asked to attack.
* SexySantaDress: For the Christmas strips.
* ShapeShifting: [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Detestai, Earl, and Larry]] can change into cat monsters as their primary power, but Detestai can only perform partial transformations as she never learned how to control herself while fully transformed. Earl and Larry even lampshade the fact that she'll have to fully transform eventually.
* SheCleansUpNicely: Cherry in the ballroom scene, although Hero was [[MediumAwareness more impressed with the polygon count in the model for her]] for this particular {{cutscene}} than with her beauty.
* ShipperOnDeck: Reka for Hero/Cherry.
* ShoutOut: The name of the "Big Panda" the group fought is a nod to Big Panda, the failed predecessor to Keenspot.
* SnarkyNonHumanSidekick: Howard.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: In between "discs" of the game, there would be photocomics of the real-life "player" of the game musing on what he'd just played, switching the disc, or making run-of-the-mill "two gamers on a couch" jokes with his friend. These were less popular than the comic proper, and it's theorized that this was a contributing factor in Ian's CreatorBreakdown.
* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil: Cherry is of course the only member of the party to wonder why the monsters are getting progressively stronger as the party travels.
* SplitPersonality: Detestai, whose glasses seem to give her a more evil personality then when she has them off. When she has them on she's hell bent on revenge, when she has them off, she only wants cuddles.
* StalkerWithACrush: Galgarion for Cherry. He turned himself into a rose so he could travel in her back pocket and spy on the party.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Diane, despite literally starting out as a harlot, isn't as stripperiffic as many fantasy genre females. Like, say, [[http://rpgworldcomic.com/d/20021120.html Feijoa]]. The elven warriors as a whole probably count too.
* SummonMagic: Cherry.
* TemporalParadox: Averted with Donald's Time Machine, which does not trigger a paradox when messing with time, as it's explained in [[TechnoBabble some irrationally conflicted explanation that makes no sense whatsoever]]. Podder-head is just amazed that he won't even question it.
* TerribleTrio: Detestai, Larry, and Earl. There's also a group {{Expy}} of the actual [[{{Pokemon}} Team Rocket]] in one arc.
* ThemeNaming: Most elves seem to be named after fruit. Bet you didn't know there was a kind of fruit called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherimoya Cherimoya]], did you? Or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feijoa Feijoa]]?
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Although the mechanics were never fully explained, Hero gets his power from this.
* TimeTravelEscape: Built up to by [[spoiler:Reka's robots and Donald]] to try and save [[spoiler:Reka]].
* TrouserSpace: The inventory is located in Hero's pants.
* UnConfession: '''Literally''' uses the ResetButton for this trope. Cherry admitted her feelings for the hero, and then an enemy attacked, TotalPartyKill, Game Over. The player loaded the last save file, and all progress in their love life was lost.
* UndergroundMonkey: The TropeNamer!
* UnluckyEverydude: Evil Soldier #347. How unlucky? [[spoiler: GALGARION MURDERED HIS WIFE. With a weapon that works by sucking the soul out of one person, and blasting it at another.]]
* UnsoundEffect: [[http://rpgworldcomic.com/d/20020519.html Convenient Scene Change!]]
* WelcomeToCorneria: The guy who appears in every bar they visit, and only ever says "*sigh* Times are tough."
** Cherry found [[http://rpgworldcomic.com/d/20020717.html two]] [[http://rpgworldcomic.com/d/20020719.html others]] during the Dragobo race.
* WhamEpisode: [[spoiler:Reka's death, proving that for all his goofiness and swooning over Cherry, Galgarion was really Evil.]]
* YuppieCouple: The "Times Are Tough" guy.
* YouKilledMyFather: Reka claims that Galgarion killed her father, an accusation he denies. Whether or not he actually did is never confirmed.
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