->''"I'm just Rice Boy. I don't know what I'm supposed to do. All I can do is grow plants and watch sunsets and listen to stories."''

''[[http://www.rice-boy.com/ Rice Boy]]'' is a surreal fantasy comic by Evan Dahm. It began April 1, 2006, and finished May 14, 2008. It was the first comic set in Webcomic/{{Overside}}. The comic is available as a webcomic, in softcover, and in hardcover.

The One Electronic is a mechanical man on a Main/MissionFromGod: he is [[TheChooserOfTheOne searching for the Fulfiller of the Prophecy of Ridrom]], and he will not die as long as he continues searching. Unfortunately, T-O-E has been searching for 3,000 years, and every candidate for the position of Fulfiller has been a spectacular failure. When his latest candidate dies, T-O-E once again finds a replacement: the humble little pawn-shaped Rice Boy.

The only problem is Rice Boy [[RefusalOfTheCall says he can't do it]].

T-O-E grows despondent and begins doubting his mission, while, unknown to him, a number of events are set in motion: Spatch II, the son of the last candidate, convinced that he himself is the Fulfiller, prepares to kill the new candidate and to wage war. To this end, he begins amassing an army, and he hires the BountyHunter Golgo to shadow T-O-E.

Meanwhile, Rice Boy decides he's a little bit curious about this Prophecy, so he sets off to learn more...

What ensues is a classical [[TheHerosJourney hero's journey]] story with many twists, played by a cast of strange creatures and set against the background of a surreal land.

After the conclusion of ''Rice Boy'', Dahm began other webcomic series based in the same world. ''Webcomic/OrderOfTales'', which is now completed, is a loosely-connected prequel to ''Rice Boy''. The third and current webcomic set in Overside is ''Webcomic/{{Vattu}}''.

The world of Overside has a [[http://wiki.rice-boy.com wiki]].

Not to be confused with the straw teenage driver of a RiceBurner.
!!This webcomic provides examples of:
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* ArtEvolution: Dahm improved his brush-drawn linework massively while making the comic. Compare [[http://www.rice-boy.com/see/index.php?c=005 T-O-E leaving suntown]] with [[http://www.rice-boy.com/see/index.php?c=439 Rice Boy leaving Suntown]], 434 pages later.
%% * AncientKeeper: In the library of the Kingdom of Seen.
* AvoidTheDreadedGRating: The comic has one page of gratuitous brother-sister incest, in a story that's otherwise completely free of sex and innuendo.
* BadassAdorable: Admit it, Rice Boy's like [[LordofTheRings Frodo]], sweet-natured, cute, huggable and brave. Also Gerund.
%% * BadassLongcoat: T-O-E.
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: Played with. Over the years hundreds of people were declared to be the fulfiller until they finally found the right one. [[spoiler: In the end, both [[http://www.rice-boy.com/see/index.php?c=420 T-O-E and Rice Boy met the requirements to be Fulfiller]], but T-O-E is the one who dies first.]]
* BeneathTheEarth: The Kingdom of Seen, well hidden beneath the ground, is a gateway between Overside and Underside, so can be considered a double example. Also, a HiddenElfVillage - if you get in there, they might never let you out.
* BigEater: Gerund can't stop himself from eating all the supplies Rice Boy brought with him for his journey. He's frequently seen eating (even in saddest moments) or seeking food.
* BilingualBonus: Evan Dahm's constructed language of [[FanNickname Seen-Script]] is present in places all over the Overworld, and gives those who can read it extra little insights into the world.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: The 'vaguely-defined' prophecy is fulfilled and Spatch is defeated. But T.O.E. [[TheHeroDies is stabbed by Golgo]] for the last time while trying to save Rice Boy. Rice Boy and Gerund return to Rice Boy's home and will get to live HappilyEverAfter, but both are deeply shaken by everything that's happened.]]
%% * TheBlank: T.O.E.
%% * BountyHunter: Golgo.
%% * BreakTheCutie: Rice Boy. Gerund for some.
* BrotherSisterIncest:
** [[http://www.rice-boy.com/see/index.php?c=152 As seen here.]]
** Although, it should be remembered that Golgo [[spoiler: (aka Angel-Eye) used to be a searcher like T.O.E and Calabash. He's been around thousands of years, so she may not be his biological sister.]]
%% * TheChooserOfTheOne: T.O.E.'s role.
%% * CorruptChurch: The Church of Spatch.
* CrypticBackgroundReference: The comic raises many more questions than it answers.
* DeathSeeker: [[spoiler: It turns out T.O.E. is one of these, suffering a bout of WhoWantsToLiveForever.]]
* DialogueReversal:
-->"Are you following me?"\\
"No. I am going where you are going."\\
"I see. Where will I go next?"
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler: Spatch and Golgo are hurled off the Iron Tower by a blast of energy, presumably sending them to their deaths.]]
* EldritchAbomination: Father Dimmon, former ruler of the Lonely Land, whose hands are nailed to the ground.
--> '''[[HulkSpeak GIVE.]]'''
--> '''BREAK.'''
* TheFaceless: The White Formless, who can only speak by ''cutting off their heads.''
* FantasticDrug: The Black Drink or Black Spirit. The nice [[WhoWantsToLiveForever (?)]] thing about it is that it makes you immortal (and, apparently, tastes good), but is horribly addictive. As you DescentIntoAddiction, you will be more [[DrunkOnTheDarkSide and more ruthless, amoral and generally evil]].
* FlatWhat: Rice Boy does this [[http://www.rice-boy.com/see/index.php?c=053 here.]] And [[http://www.rice-boy.com/see/index.php?c=212 here.]]
* FlatWorld: There are Overside and Underside. This story takes place mostly in the former.
* {{Foil}}: Calabash and T-O-E, to an extent. They have radically different personalities and outlooks, but are still friends and work towards a similar goal.
%% * AGodAmI: Spatch, though in his case it's more A ChosenOne Am I.
* GodBeforeDogma: T-O-E's theological position.
* GoodAllAlong: [[spoiler: The Bleach Beast, another TheChooserOfTheOne, only for a different duty - it doesn't eat people, as Gerund's folk believes]].
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Parod poses as Rice Boy to buy him time to escape the frog-men who came to kill our small hero.]]
* HeroOfAnotherStory:
** T.O.E, Calabash, and Golgo, all of them being immortal travelers who appear in legends and history books of various cultures.
** In a side story of their past, it mentions T.O.E becoming the king of a civilization while Calabash waited years for his return in tundra, right when ANOTHER hero of his own story was there.
%% * HeterosexualLifePartners: Rice Boy and Gerund become this.
* HorseOfADifferentColor: The Frog-men use giant lizards, and Maquěn has a horse-like creature that's able to contract its entire body into its cubical head.
* ImmortalityImmorality: Not all immortal characters are immoral, but this is the effect that the Black Spirit has on people. Averted with Calabash and T-O-E, who still desperately cling to a failing moral compass.
* InvisibleAnatomy: Rice Boy picks flowers and makes tea. Somehow. Telekinesis?
* KnifeNut: [[http://www.rice-boy.com/see/index.php?c=074 T-O-E vs. Golgo.]]
* LameComeback:
-->'''Rice Boy''': You aren't very helpful, Bor.
-->'''Bor the Very Large''': Uh-huh, well -- you aren't very large.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfRaces: Races described or at least pictured include the Blackbirds, Dimmons, Fin-Folk, Fluters, Frog-Men, Gaundts, Gorrkans, Hornčds, Ice-Striders, Machine Men, people of Seen, people of Taragi, Rhed, Sahtans, Shade-Kin, Sirpah, Trills, War-Men, and White Formless.
* LordErrorProne: Yureg, the Prince of Satuar. His bumbling absentmindedness has to be seen to be believed.
* MechanicalLifeforms: The Machine Men. They can smoke, they grow as they age, and one of them nearly dies of ''poisoning''. ''Webcomic/OrderOfTales'' includes a story about them evolving into their metal form from rock material.
%% * MessianicArchetype: The Fulfiller of Ridrom's prophecy.
* MissionFromGod: T-O-E and Calabash are following the orders of [[spoiler: the Avatar of Time]]. If they didn't, their [[PurposeDrivenImmortality immortality would be lost]]. Golgo, who defected, gets around the problem by using the Black Drink.
* MouseWorld: The Trill are tiny - several characters keep colonies of them in glass flasks. Populous colonies with proper economy, far as we can tell.
* NeverGetsDrunk: Calabash and T-O-E drink vodka and whiskey as if it was water.
* NonHumanHead: T-O-E is a humanoid robot with a circular screen for a head; it tends to show scenes from films and cartoons from the 1920s to the 1940s.
* PhysicalGod: The three Avatars, maybe. T-O-E argues that while [[spoiler:his employer]] is very powerful, it is no God.
* PinballProtagonist: Rice Boy, per WordOfGod ( http://riceboycomic.tumblr.com/ ).
* PlanetOfHats: All the Trill wear hats that represent their jobs (juice-maker has a bottle, a farmer - pitchfork and so on). They're very confused by the Rice Boy wearing no hat at all.
* PoisonedWeapons: T-O-E's knife. [[spoiler: It backfires on him, though it is implied that it was intended to end his own life.]]
* ProphecyTwist: [[spoiler: T-O-E fulfilled the prophecy in his own way due to its vague wording. Thus he restores the third Avater after Golgo stabs him on the Iron Tower.]]
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Gortch, the late father of [[VillainWithGoodPublicity King Spatch]].
%% * TheQuest
%% * ReallySevenHundredYearsOld
* RedRightHand: Golgo has a robotic eye, which he can send on its own to spy for him.
* RefusalOfTheCall: Rice Boy doubts that he's the Fulfiller, initially.
* TheReveal: T-O-E and Calabash's employer, who turns out to be [[spoiler:the Avatar of Time]].
* SacrificialLamb: Calabash is killed by their employer for stopping his search. It fuels T.O.E.'s [[WhoWantsToLiveForever depression]], who nevertheless continues the quest.
* SceneryPorn: Sometimes it seems like the comic is nothing but excuses to draw more weird landscapes.
* ShockAndAwe: T.O.E. And only him (and maybe his brothers) - no other Machine Men have this power.
* ShoutOut:
** Unintentional, at that. Dahm asked his friends what he should name the bounty hunter; they suggested Golgo, after the protagonist of ''Manga/{{Golgo 13}}'', and Dahm used it, only learning of the reference later.
** [[Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly Angel-Eye saying "one name is as good as another."]]
** T-O-E's screen-face tends to show old frames from 1920s-40s cartoons and movies... or Roast Beef.
* SmokingIsCool: T-O-E is a chain-smoking robot. Don't ask [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext how it works]], but it ''looks'' cool.
* StealthPun: [[http://www.rice-boy.com/see/index.php?c=353 Rise, boy.]]
%% * TheStoic: T-O-E.
* SupportingLeader: T-O-E. regards himself as TheChooserOfTheOne, a mentor and helper in general to the real hero, the Fulfiller. [[spoiler: Or so he thinks.]]
* TerminallyDependentSociety: The people of Whetton were utterly dependent on the Tree of Thought. When it died, they attacked another city for its tree.
%% * ThereIsAnother
* TookALevelInBadass: Rice Boy after [[spoiler: he learns the Trill language]]. He also acts much more self-assured (or desperate).
* TwistEnding: [[spoiler: T-O-E was the Fulfiller.]]
* TVHeadRobot: T.O.E. His head shows not-so-random images.
* VillainTeamUp: In the finale [[spoiler: Spatch and Golgo unite with the Dimmons to kill Rice Boy and his friends.]]
* WhiteGloves: T-O-E. wears them. Also wears a BadassLongcoat in a world where most inhabitants either don't wear anything at all or fantasy garb (in ''Order of Tales'').
* WordsCanBreakMyBones: [[spoiler: A word uttered in the Trill language can ''literally'' do this.]]
* WorldTree: Daughter, the oldest and strongest tree in the Heart of the Dorlish Wood, which holds the Tree Keeper's most valuable possession.