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[[caption-width-right:150:Rusty, Mimic, Cube]]

->''"Okay, forget the lockpicks... Does anyone have HANDS?"''
-->-- '''Mimic'''

'''''Rusty and Co.''''' is a comic fantasy RPGMechanicsVerse webcomic by Mike R., based on ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', about a monstrous trio of adventurers. [[MonsterAdventurers Literally.]]

With the charismatic Mimic, absurdly cute rust monster Rusty, and the silent yet deadly Gelatinous Cube, the three set out in search of fame, fortune, and experience levels -- and every level (adventure), they ally themselves with an ActionGirl for at least part of the level.

Of course, things that would be obstacles to more conventional adventurers pose no problem for these three, whereas other more simple tasks create great difficulties. Expect hilarity (with a side of LampshadeHanging) to [[HilarityEnsues ensue]].

Can be found [[http://rustyandco.com/ on its own website]]. Has a [[Characters/RustyAndCo Character Sheet]].

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!!''Rusty and Co.'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* FourOneNineScam: [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/critical-missives-25/ Calamitus falls for one]] hook, line, and sinker in a FourthWallMailSlot strip.
* ActionGirl: It seems that each level has at least one, including [[TheLadette the Princess]], [[TheDitz Madeline Goodlaw]], [[OurElvesAreBetter Roxanne Casbaugh]], [[MeaningfulName Prestige Perkins]] and [[KnifeNut Stabs Doogans]].
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Level 5 has a good one (riffing on ''ComicBook/VForVendetta'').
-->'''Prestige:''' Prestige Perkins, practiced practitioner of practical prestidigitation, at your service.
* AlmostDeadGuy: Rusty, opening level 7.
* AltText: From level 1:18 on.
* AncestralWeapon: The dwarf's quest is to recover one of these.
* {{Animesque}}: More and more along with the ArtEvolution.
* ArtEvolution: After the first chapter (or level, as it's called), the artwork becomes more streamlined. This gets lampshaded [[http://rustyandco.com/missives/critical-missives-6/ in a bonus strip]], with a ShoutOut to ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''.
* ArtShift: Pulled off due to the Belt of Genre Changing.
* AsideGlance:
** Prestige, after seeing the capabilities of Stabs.
--->'''Prestige:''' I was just chased by brain-eating monster mobsters, and that was ''still'' the scariest thing I've seen all day.
** Mimic manages the exploit of doing an obvious one ''while lacking eyes'':
--->'''Madeline:''' Have you seen any monsters acting weird?\\
(''beat panel'')\\
'''Mimic:''' Yer gonna have t'be more specific than that.
* AssShove: A FunnyBackgroundEvent in [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-4-8/ #4.8]]. Mimic disguises himself as one of the Pixie Chicks' speakers. [[spoiler:Roxy plugs her guitar into him.]]
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: This is what results from Rusty getting hold of the Belt of Genre Changing.
-->'''Rusty: ''EAT TOKYO?'' '''
* AnAxeToGrind:
** Cleave-Hand. This also doubles as HookHand.
** Handsome D'an the illithid, who's carrying a huge axe with him.
* BadassBoast: Of the villainous variety:
-->'''Calamitus:''' Do you think mundane '''matter''' could best '''my''' formidable necromantic '''powers'''? I have '''transcended''' the limits of mere '''flesh''' and '''blood'''...and I will '''shatter''' your '''bodies''' and '''dance''' upon your '''entrails'''!
* BadassInANiceSuit: The illithid mobsters.
* BarBrawl: Madeline ends up starting one.
* BareYourMidriff: Princess' first outfit, and the Pixie Chicks'.
* BeatPanel: Plenty.
* BigEater:
** Rusty's solution to just about everything is "Eat ?"
** Cube can eat a horse wholesale.
* BlandNameProduct: Who doesn't want a can of Cloaker-Cola while listening to music on their Eye-pad and checking Feysbook using Druid?
* BlindingBangs: The Pixie Chicks. Used to great effect to hide the fact that one of them [[spoiler:is really Roxanne]].
* BlobMonster:
** Gelatinous Cube
** the Gibbering Mouther
* BrainBleach:
** Mimic's reaction to seeing that the Princess is [[BoyMeetsGhoul in love with a wight]].
--->'''Mimic''': Hahaha! OK! Goal: achieved! Also... brain: scarred! Last one to the bar buys the beer! [[INeedAFreakingDrink Lots and lots of beer]].
** However, as revealed in one of the bonus strips, [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/critical-missives-19/ there is a reason she preferred the undead version of him]].
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs:
-->'''Plaidbeard:''' ...razzafrazzin' heroes...\\
...razzafrazzin' mimics...\\
...razzafrazzin' mimic heroes...
* BrickJoke:
** Remember the dwarf from level 1? Yes, the same one who gave the first quest, was killed by Gelatinous Cube, got better, [[spoiler:and was killed again by Cube]]? He's seen at the very end of level 4, in the aftermath of the ''BigBad'' battle. It's never explained how [[spoiler:he got better a second time...]]
** Remember the "magic" hoe Madeline purchased from a gnome? Well, on Level 5 that guy tries to sell more cutlery.
* ByTheLightsOfTheirEyes
* CaptainColorbeard: Plaidbeard, the dwarven pirate.
* [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Badger Launcher]]
* ChekhovsGunman: Remember the barbarian ("Robespierre [[HulkSpeak SMASH!]]")? He reappears. So far, twice.
* {{Cliffhanger}}: Level 6.
* ClothingDamage:
** Ezra can regenerate wounds, but not her clothes, which get more and more busted as the fight goes on.
--->'''Ezra:''' That dress was ''vintage''.
** Similarly, Madeline's armor and gloves are badly damaged by the end of Level 6.
* ConMan: Or con gnome, to be precise. This is how Madeline got her hoe, which she originally thought was magic.
* ConspicuousCG: The elder god in Level 6.
* ConvenientQuesting: Mimic explains to Madeline that you follow the closest lead.
* CoolHorse: Parodied.
* CurseCutShort: By a [[SpeechBubblesInterruption well-placed]] WrittenSoundEffect.
-->'''Handsome D'an:''' I don't care! Shoot them up their ''''
* CuteMonsterGirl: Y.T. the lamia.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Grinner at the end of Level 6, with suggestions of more at the start of Level 7.
* DarkestHour: The end of Level 6. [[spoiler:The Grinner has just completely defeated the group, leaving Madeline near death, Rusty desperately running away with her, and Mimic and Cube captured.]]
* DeathIsCheap: Averted and explained in one of the third-level critical missives.
* DelayedReaction: Roxanne doesn't tick immediatly when Rusty announces his intent to eat flowers, but after a {{beat}} she realizes how weird it is since rust monsters aren't herbivore. [[spoiler:The flowers are made of gold.]]
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Rusty's eating habits assist an elder god ''out''.
* TheDon: Don Polpo
* DoubleEntendre: Rusty's "Eat hoe?" on seeing Madeline leads to Mimic concluding that the comic will [[LampshadeHanging never pass muster]] [[BreakingTheFourthWall with the Comics Code Authority]].
* TheDragon:
** Cleave-Hand, for Grinner.
** V'innie, for Don Polpo.
* EarAche: When Presti and Roxy are reluctant to go to Mimic and Cube's rescue, Madeline proves quite convincing, notably by grabbing Roxanne's long elven ear.
* EldritchAbomination: The elder god.
* EnemyMine: With Y.T. in the sixth level.
* EvilGloating: Calamitus has a nasty tendency to get caught up in this, allowing the good guys to surprise him.
* EyePoke: Prestige Perkins tries this on the Illithid door-keeper Handsome D'an, who has enough good sense to step back. Too bad she still uses the extended fingers to cast "Melf's Acid Arrow" right in his face.
* FacePalm:
** No, Mimic has neither face nor palm. [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-6-14/ Yes, he can still facepalm nonetheless.]]
** The male hipster vampire also does it while scrying on his sister making a fool of herself.
* FairyInABottle: Who happens to be a HardDrinkingPartyGirl.
* FingerPokeOfDoom:
** Subverted (in a literal sense) with a magic spell.
--->'''Calamitus:''' Well, that's the good thing about magic. [[[{{Beat}} ...]]] [[{{Pun}} It's handy]].
** And again by Prestige. It's not the finger that's deadly, it's the Melf's Acid Arrow being emitted by it.
* FlatWhat: Typically in the form of "...really."
* FlawExploitation: Used against the vampires, both to break a dominate and to get around regeneration powers.
* FourthWallMailSlot: ''Critical Missives'' in-between chapters.
* AFriendInNeed: Madeline goes looking for a rope to help Rusty.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent:
** In Level 2, [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level2/level-2-5/ the Land Pirate ship]] can be seen launching a literal plot-hook at Mimic. The AltText {{lampshades}} this.
** While Princess talks privately to Cube in Level 4, an elf is in the background trying to [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-4-8/ plug her guitar into an amp]]. HilarityEnsues. [[spoiler:Even more HilariousInHindsight when you realize this was Roxy, meaning she's accidentally gotten Mimic back for the stump trick.]]
** In Level 7, as Madeline and Roxanne converses, Stabs is swarmed by multicolored fey butterflies. In a later panel, Stabs is singed and smoking from the spell Prestige used to get rid of the swarm, and the wizard is smiling nervously.
* GenreRoulette: With an item called the Belt of Genre Changing... you can guess what happens.
* GenreSavvy: The blackguard Malevolus is smart enough to realize how dangerous the one-two punch of Rusty and Gelatinous Cube's abilities really is.
-->'''Malevolus:''' [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere The exit is this way!]]
* GiantSquid: [[spoiler:There's a {{kraken}} in the moat of the two vampire hipsters. And he [[BunnyEarsLawyer wears puppets on his tentacles.]]]]
* {{Golem}}: Calamitus's giant metal golem.
-->'''Rusty:''' Eat statue ''Eat statue'' '''Eat statue''' Eat statue ''Eat statue''???
* GoodAngelBadAngel: PlayedForLaughs: the Mimic's shoulder... er... corner devil (judging by her resemblance to [[RebelliousPrincess the Princess]] and the "Anarchy" sign, ChaoticEvil) and angel (looking like [[TheDitz Madeline the Paladin]], presumably LawfulGood) are [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-3-15/ disagreeing]]... on how to phrase exactly the same course of action -- ViolenceReallyIsTheAnswer.
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: Who happens to be a FairyInABottle.
* HighClassGlass: Card Shark the Derro sports one.
* HulkSpeak: Krog; Robespierre
* HurricaneOfPuns: [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-7-5/ At the beginning]] of Level 7:
-->'''Stabs:''' If we go through the Creator/EdWood, there's a 60% chance of zombies.\\
Detour through the Creator/ElijahWood? 70% chance [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings of orcs]].\\
The Frankie Valley? 90% chance of Film/{{grease}}.\\
Don't even ask about the Creator/RiverPhoenix.
* HybridOverkillAvoidance: Offered as advice in the Critical Missives.
%% IncrediblyLamePun redirects to Pun.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: "Level" chapters.
* ImpaledPalm: Stabs to a Derro.
-->'''Card Shark:''' Ma'am, I believe pinning your opponent through the ''sleeve'' is more traditional.\\
'''Stabs: Do you have any idea what kind of day I'm having!?'''
* InsultFriendlyFire: Mimic accidentally does this to Gelatinous Cube when he sees another cube.
-->'''Rusty:''' Awkwaaaaard.
* KnightInShiningArmor: The wight in the forest claims he used to be one.
* KnightsAndKnaves:
** Done with two talking doors. Mimic's solution? Become a third door.
** Parodied again later (in level 5), with two even more obnoxious doors. Rusty's solution is deliciously straightforward, and [[{{Pun}} hinges]] on [[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer his ability to eat metal]].
* LastSecondWordSwap: Malevolus is about to have a "You shall not pass" moment, then he looks at the adversaries and does the math.
-->'''Malevolus:''' ... And if you want to reach the Inner Sanctum, you'll need to go...\\
... through... (''looks at Rusty, then Cube, then thinks about what happens when the both of them go ''through'' him'')\\
... that tunnel there, then hang a right, then the next right, then straight on to the big doors.
* LevitatingLotusPosition: Zar the Psion uses this to get around.
* LuminescentBlush:
** Happens to Gelatinous Cube of all people.
--->'''Madeline:''' Wasn't he green a moment ago?\\
'''Mimic:''' Okay, seriously, ya gotta stop stickin' your hand in strangers.
** Also to Madeline herself, every time she mentions Derek the Cleric.
** Rusty gets one after he [[PowerPerversionPotential eats Roxanne's underwire]].
* TheMafia: Complete with illithid (mind flayer) members.
* ModestyShorts: Madeline is sensibly wearing (anachronistic) biker shorts under her leather skirt in her first appearance. (In the second, she's wearing winter clothes, making the matter moot.)
* MonsterAdventurers: The whole starting concept of the webcomic.
* TheNeedForMead: Ye Olde Proverbial Hook is a repeating location.
* TheNoseKnows:
** When the Princess defends her smoking, Mimic points out that monsters hunt through smell.
** [[{{Halfling}} Stabs]] can recognize that Prestige is a cop by smell alone.
** The guards to the Inner Sanctum of the Tentacallis Dungeon are grimlocks, who are blind and hunt through smell.
** And Madeline can smell ''CharacterAlignment''.
* OffscreenCrash:
-->'''Mimic:''' Boris Vallejo ain't gonna paint ''that''.\\
'''Roxanne:''' Exit [[spoiler:Grinner]], stage [[VillainExitStageRight right]]... er... ''[[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe and]]'' stage left.
* OhCrap:
** When Presti accidentally bursts into [[spoiler:Don Polpo's dining room]].
** Presti again, when [[spoiler:she sees the Magic Missile built by the Tentacallis.]]
* OhMyGods: Literally used by [[spoiler:Prestige Perkins after Mimic and Cube save her]].
* OnlyOneName: Averted for Madeline, as Zar's psychic ability in strip 7-16 addresses each character by their last name (if not previously revealed). The paladin's name is Madeline ''Goodlaw''. (Rusty hasn't a last name, so Zar tries to formalize it to "Mr. Russell".)
* OnlyTheKnowledgableMayPass: The bottle fairy does this, by accident.
* OrphanedPunchline: Subverted.
* OurGryphonsAreDifferent: They're quite friendly to their fellow monsters.
* PaperThinDisguise:
** The Princess uses this. [[spoiler:She really should take off her hat first.]]
** Used again by Prestige. [[spoiler:It's her ability to fake an illithid's ''smell'' that helps pull this off.]]
* PieInTheFace: From a bugbear channeling [[Series/TheMuppetShow Fozzie Bear]].
* {{Pirate}}s: Plaidbeard and his crew. Played as a comical type 1.
* PointThatSomewhereElse: Plaidbeard to Madeline's hoe.
* PostClimaxConfrontation: After the vampires in level 6, a new enemy attack.
* PowerPerversionPotential:
** Mimic [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level3/level-3-title/ is not above abusing his]] VoluntaryShapeshifting for personal benefit.
** [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-3-4/ Nor is Rusty]] his metal-eating capacity.
** Both instances [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level3/level-3-21/ backfire on them]] '''spectacularly'''.
* PropheciesRhymeAllTheTime: Madeline's quest hooks, courtesy of Derek the Cleric.
-->'''Mimic:''' Am I on Creator/DrSeuss's Series/CandidCamera?
* PullingThemselvesTogether: The vampires do this, though you can mix it up for them.
* {{Pun}}:
** Rampant in both the AltText and the comic itself. Naturally, this filters into the comments section.
** The wight in the forest pulls a horrible one:
--->'''Mimic:''' Yoiks! Who're you? We don' wanna hurt youse!\\
'''Wight:''' I... was once... the White Knight.\\
(''{{beat|Panel}}'')\\
'''Wight:''' But now I am... the Night Wight.\\
'''Mimic:''' A'ight, well... ''now'' we wanna hurt youse.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: "This. ''dress.'' was. '''''vintage.'''''"
* PunctuationShaker: The illithid mobsters: T'oni, R'occo, D'an, S'al, S'ammy, V'innie, B'enny, J'immy...
* {{Railroading}}: Parodied with the land pirates' ship, which runs along a track... just after a "plot hook" is delivered by artillery.
-->'''Mimic:''' An' here I thought "on rails" was jus' an expression.
* RealityWarper:
** Anyone who gets their hands (or tentacles, or whatever) on the Belt of Genre Changing effectively gains this power.
** The Python, once amplified. (Another Madeline story. Do they attract her, or does she attract them?)
** To a minor degree, Madeline herself. At the very least, she's demonstrated the ability to turn random objects into extremely powerful magic weapons.
* RebusBubble:
** [[Film/TheFifthElement Leeloo!]]Madeline [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level2/level-2-16/ shortly ponders this way]] about the effects of Plaidbeard and Mimic struggling for the Belt of Genre Changing.
** Sir Malevolus [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-5-19/ is quick to realize]] that
--->[Armoured Malevolus] + [rust monster] = [unarmoured Malevolus] and\\
[Unarmoured Malevolus] + [gelatinous cube] = [skeleton Malevolus]...
* RedEyesTakeWarning:
** Subverted with the wight.
** Zar the Psion is non-evil and rather helpful, but annoy him and [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-7-17/ his eyes will glow a menacing red]].
* {{Retcon}}: Yuan-Tiffany the yuan-ti became Y.T. the lamia, due to a legal dispute.
* RiddleMeThis: The bottle fairy tries this but has clearly forgotten the riddle.
* RuleOfThree: Ezra puts her head back on three times.
* RunningGag / OncePerEpisode: Mimic's suggestions that the group "disguise ourselves as common, unassuming pieces of furniture". He's always ignored.
* SchizoTech: Electric guitars and soda machines accompany your traditional fantasy fare. Oh, and a [[spoiler:'''''Magic Missile''''']].
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Sir Malevolus cuts and runs from the threat posed by Rusty and Cube.
* SeashellBra: "They're just B-shells, but thanks."
* SecondaryCharacterTitle: Rusty is more of a mascot overall; the main protagonist thus far is Mimic.
* ShoutOut:
** The aforementioned one to ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' is only one of them.
** The Bottle Fairy asking the riddle is an obvious {{Expy}} of [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Navi]], down to repeating the infamous [[MostAnnoyingSound "Hey! Listen!"]] verbatim.
** In [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-6-38/ strip 38 of level 6]], Mimic is apparently trying to come up with an answer to [[Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland "Why is a raven like a writing desk?"]].
** Chapter 4 has "[[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-4-11/ And it turned into a ballroom blitz]]" after the man in the back said "Everyone attack".
** "[[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-5-10/ So why's this called the]] TabletopGame/{{Munchkin}} dungeon, anyway?"
* SnakePeople: A redheaded, female lamia ([[{{Retcon}} once a yuan-ti]]) appears in the Tentacallis' dungeons.
* SomethingWeForgot: Mimic forgot all about Stabs, leaving her to face an army of monsters. [[spoiler:Cut to Stabs AtopAMountainOfCorpses.]]
* SpeaksInShoutouts: The chatty zombie uses only clichés and proverbs.
* SssssnakeTalk: Y.T. mixes this with a Texan accent.
* SuddenVideogameMoment: [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-6-36/ "Rusty Runner"]] in level 6.
* TalkingIsAFreeAction: Averted humorously, with the AltText lampshading the whole thing.
-->'''Mimic:''' Do somethin'!\\
'''Prestige:''' I can't, I'm too busy screaaaaaaaaming!
* TalkLikeAPirate: Plaidbeard, of course.
* TalkToTheFist: Madeline delivers one to Plaidbeard. Mimic objects to it (if only because he wanted to hear more about what was going on).
* TheyHaveTheScent: Why Mimic warns the Princess against smoking.
* TurnUndead: What happened to the Princess's wight boyfriend. (Mimic understood something different, though...)
* UmbrellaDrink: Put to unusual use by Prestige [[spoiler:to uncloak an invisible informant.]]
* UnexplainedRecovery:
** "I got better." is used word-for-word by a dwarf quest giver (who got killed by Cube).
** [[spoiler:Calamitus.]]
** [[spoiler:Even better, the Grinner.]]
* UnsoundEffect: Quite a few of them. See the below example for the most obvious one.
* UpToEleven: [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-4-18/ Quite literally]], with a visual ShoutOut to [[Film/ThisIsSpinalTap the trope namer]].
* VancianMagic: Lampshaded with a "VANCE!" UnsoundEffect for a Color Spray spell.
* VisibleSilence: Robespierre does this upon being approached by an information-seeking Mimic.
* VisualPun:
** When Gelatinous Cube seizes the Belt of Genre Changing, the result in the next panel is naturally... [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level2/level-2-15-2/ Cubism.]]
** Level 6 ends in a cliffhanger... with [[LiteralCliffhanger Rusty catching Madeline falling down as he's climbing a cliff]].
* VolleyingInsults: The "pirate" duel.
* WallOfBlather:
** The Wight's long explanation about the mission and the Princess is blanked out by a summary.
** Calamitus doing his monologue is similarly obscured, as Mimic and Princess aren't paying attention.
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer:
** [[MadLibsCatchPhrase Eat hammer]]?
** Roxanne's first appearance also references this trope, when she says that she wants to do ''something'' with all the points she put into [[ChekhovsSkill whittling]].
* WhoWouldBeStupidEnough: Cuts to the paladin with Int as her DumpStat.
* WrongTurnAtAlbuquerque: Spoofed with a Xorn in Level 6.
-->'''Xorn:''' I knew I should'a taken that left turn at [[TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms Abeir-Toril]].
* XRaySparks: Parodied by Mimic, who shouldn't have bones to begin with.
* YearInsideHourOutside: From his dialogue, something like this is going on in the magical dimension where the girls meet Zar the Psion.
-->'''Zar:''' One day ago, for you, and five weeks ago, for me, was the largest sustained breach our Reality ever experienced.
* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: Used for the signs, most notably the "Ye Olde Proverbial Hook Inn".
* YouNoTakeCandle: {{Lampshaded}} by Robespierre the barbarian in [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level3/level-3-21/ #3.21]]:
-->'''Robespierre:''' Roxanne is beloved member of Robespierre's family, despite fancy city ways. And insistence on using pronouns.

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