[[caption-width-right:346:Rusty, Mimic, Cube]]

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

''Rusty and Co.'' is a comedic fantasy RPGMechanicsVerse webcomic by Mike R., based on ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', about a [[MonsterAdventurers literally]] monstrous trio of adventurers. 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 adventure, they ally themselves with an ActionGirl for at least part of the level. Difficulties that would be obstacles to more conventional adventurers of course pose no problem for these three, whereas other more usually simple endeavours create challenge. HilarityEnsues with a side of LampshadeHanging.

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

!!''Rusty and Co.'' provides examples of:

* FourOneNineScam: [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/critical-missives-25/ Calamitus falls for one]] hook, line, and sinker in a FourthWallMailSlot strip.
* AccidentalPervert: While Mimic was transformed into a stool, [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-8-4/ Roxanne unwittingly sits on him]]. Although his "let me explain" spiel implies he ''was'' transformed into a stool so that [[ChivalrousPervert stuff like that could happen]], just that he didn't expect ''Roxy'' to sit on him.
* ActionGirl: It seems that each level has at least one, including [[TheLadette the Princess]], [[TheDitz Madeline Goodlaw]], [[OurElvesAreBetter Roxanne Casbaugh]], [[MeaningfulName Prestige Perkins]], [[KnifeNut Stabs Doogans]] and Dorylis the Cleric.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Level 5 [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-5-5/ has a good one]] (riffing on ''ComicBook/VForVendetta'').
-->'''Prestige:''' Prestige Perkins, practiced practitioner of practical prestidigitation, at your service.
* AltText: From level 1:18 on. Some examples:
** [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-7-31/ Level 7: #31]]: Asking for permission takes up valuable aiming time.
* AncestralWeapon: The dwarf's quest is to recover one of these.
* AndThenWhat: During the Critical Missives between Level 6 and 7, [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/critical-missives-28/ Calamitus asks Ezra]] what would she have done has she and her brother succeeded in destroying reality by summoning that obscure eldritch god. She plans on doing it again.
-->'''Calamitus:''' Won't you eventually run out of mind-destroying horrors that few have ever heard of?\\
'''Ezra:''' Not as long as there's an Internet!
* {{Animesque}}: More and more along with the ArtEvolution.
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: Besides common skin-tones for humans and close-to-human races (dwarves tend to be darker and elves paler), many other coloration are possibles for other races (derros are blue, Y.T. the lamia and the siren are green, Schmetts the fairy is light purple...) or even for technically human characters, from various magic effects (like Malevolus who is purple-skinned, or Dorilys who's green).
* 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.
* AsideComment: Roxy, while looking straight at the audience:
-->'''Roxy:''' Something tells me Presti's not going to thank me for this rescue.
* AsideGlance:
** Prestige, after seeing the capabilities of Stabs, in [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-5-6/ Level 5: #6]]:
--->'''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.
* BaitAndSwitch: At first, [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/critical-missives-36/ it looks like the Royal Guards]] are out to get Mimic for revealing the secret behind Madeline getting her wings as a paladin. [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/critical-missives-37/ Turns out it's just to arrest Robespierre]] for roughly manhandling Calamitus three panels ago.
* BarBrawl: Madeline ends up starting one in her first appearance.
* BareYourMidriff: Princess' first outfit, and the Pixie Chicks'.
* BaseballEpisode: Level 8 is titled "Wait... is he seriously doing a baseball episode?" Sure enough, Robespierre, Mimic, Stabs and her brothers are getting roped into such a game in the arena, to the horror of the Halflings (who were expecting good old GladiatorGames instead). However, it appears to be ''gnomish'' baseball... which, at a glance, is baseball mixed with lots of gratuitous violence.
* BeatPanel: Plenty.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]]. All the female coprotagonists eventually happen to end up bloody, some from serious injuries.
* BeggarWithASignboard: In the beginning of Level 8, we see a down-on-his-luck Calamitus lying in a dark alley with a signboard reading "Will perform EVIL 4 gold!"
-->'''AltText:''' The court got Calamitus for practicing Necromancy without a license... took everything, even his material components.
* BeYourself: Mimic's advice to Dirk. Stabs comments on the irony of a mimic advising it.
* BigEater:
** Rusty's solution to just about everything is "Eat ?"
** Cube can eat a horse wholesale.
* BigLittleMan: Madeline {{the Paladin}} is hit by a spell meant to pull out the evil in her and materializes it as an EnemyWithout. [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-6-53/ Cue the apparition of a dark figure]] clad in armor and wielding a scythe, making a profanity-laden BadassBoast while flames rise behind her... and then the next panel reveals that Anti-Madeline is about two inches tall. Apparently, Madeline never had much evil in her to begin with (and she apologizes for this).
* BlandNameProduct: Who doesn't want a can of Cloaker-Cola and some Gummi Behirs 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
* BloodSport: gnomish baseball
* 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: From Plaidbeard, in [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level2/level-2-18/ Level 2: #18]]:
-->'''Plaidbeard:''' ...razzafrazzin' heroes...\\
...razzafrazzin' mimics...\\
...razzafrazzin' mimic heroes...
* BrickJoke:
** The dwarf from level 1, who gives the first quest, is killed by Gelatinous Cube, gets better, [[spoiler:and is killed again by Cube]] is 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...]]
** Madeline purchased a "magic" hoe from a gnome. On Level 5, that guy tries to sell more cutlery.
** Madeline [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-7-17/ finds a hay fork]] and thinks that it's a [[http://www.d20srd.org/srd/magicItems/magicWeapons.htm#tridentofWarning Trident of Warning]]. 10 months later [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-7-60/ she turns out to be right]] -- it detects piranhas.
* ByTheLightsOfTheirEyes: In the cave with Stabs.
* CalvinBall: The rules to Gnomish Baseball are unclear at best. It seems to be principally baseball with elements of soccer. Oh, and it's deadly enough that clerics with resurrection spells are kept on hand.
* CaptainColorbeard: Plaidbeard, the dwarven pirate.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Mimic started out with a [[UsefulNotes/AmericanAccents Noo Yawk accent]] that got dropped after a while.
* ChekhovsGun: Or Chekhov's Badger Launcher in that case; introduced along with Presti in the beginning of Level 5. At the end of it, [[spoiler:she uses it to kill V'innie]].
* ChekhovsGunman: The barbarian ("Robespierre [[HulkSpeak SMASH!]]") 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.
* ComicallyIneptHealing: The gnoll cleric, with his construction tool implements.
* 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. As is usually the case in webcomics, [[PaintingTheMedium intentionally used to make it looks more otherworldly]].
* ConvenientQuesting: Mimic explains to Madeline that you follow the closest lead.
* CoolHorse: Parodied.
* CraniumChase: Ezra is decapitated three times by Madeline, each time putting back her head on her shoulders (though after a StaircaseTumble for the third). Then again by Cube, who counters her regeneration by [[HeadTurnedBackwards putting it backwards]].
* CrazyPrepared: [[spoiler:Grinner]] in Levels 6 and 7. Very little seems to get past him.
* CurseCutShort: By a [[SpeechBubblesInterruption well-placed]] WrittenSoundEffect.
-->'''Handsome D'an:''' I don't care! Shoot them up their ''''
* CuteMonsterGirl: Y.T. the lamia.
* 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.]]
%%Weblinks are not examples.
%%* DeathByIrony: Lampshaded and subverted in [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-6-57/ this strip]].
* DeathGlare:
** Madeline gives a magnificent one [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-7-79/ against Grinner]], finally triggering a reaction ''other'' than SmugSnake.
** Cube manages one not long after Madeline, [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-7-88/ especially impressive since Cube doesn't have eyes or even a face]].
** [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-8-69/ Dorilys wears one that manages to make her look dangerous while]] [[ImprovisedWeapon brandishing a feather]].
* DeathIsCheap: Averted and explained in one of the third-level critical missives.
* DelayedReaction: Roxanne doesn't tick immediately 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''.
* DispelMagic: A wand of Dispel Magic (with the command word "Slough") is used by D. D. Burnum (the Derro Ringmaster) to dispel Presti's magical disguise. The wand is later appropriated by Stabs, who uses it against a Darkness spell cast by Malevolus.
* 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.
* DressingAsTheEnemy: Inverted. A lot of the circus goons disguise themselves as Stabs as part of the plan, [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-7-55/ but then Stabs herself infiltrates them]]. [[spoiler:Except Grinner anticipated that too.]]
* 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.
* EnemyWithout: Subverted to hilarious effect when [[IncorruptiblePurePureness Madeline the Paladin]] gets zapped by an artifact that draws out her evil side, Anti-Madeline -- who turns out to be about two inches tall.
* EvilGloating: Calamitus has a nasty tendency to get caught up in this, allowing the good guys to surprise him.
* ExplainExplainOhCrap: Robespierre has such a moment during the Gnomish baseball match, when he realize there might be [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-8-37/ a problem with Mimic hitting the ball.]]
-->'''Robespierre:''' Even grounder will allow whiny halfling to advance to scoring position. All talky box must is keep eye on... Oh.
* 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.
** And Y.T. after Mimic breaks the bottle holding a fairy.
** Derek does a two-fingers-and-thumb-around-the-nose gesture after asking Dorilys to stop hurting his patient, and she just drops Mimic to the floor.
* FacePlant: Dealing with Rob the Hammer gets this, followed by [[spoiler:his hammer falling on his head]].
* FairyInABottle: Schmetts, who also happens to be a HardDrinkingPartyGirl -- a.k.a. "bottle fairy".
* FetchQuest: Dorilys with paperwork for the games.
* 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.
** Roxy against Dinkum -- gives him a check that will clear in a few days IF she survives, to ensure he wants her to.
* 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 in the background is trying to [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-4-8/ plug her guitar into an amp]]. HilarityEnsues. [[spoiler:Even more HilariousInHindsight when you realize this is 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 sheepishly.
* GenreRoulette: With an item called the Belt of Genre Changing... you can guess what happens.
* GenreSavvy: It's a [=RPG-verse=]. They're savvy. Not only can they read the rules, Mimic explains Convenient Questing to Madeline.
* 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.
** Again, when Anti-Madeline advises Malevolus from his shoulder, he wishes for the other one -- and gets the Bottle Fairy on his other shoulder.
%%* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: This "bottle fairy" happens to be a FairyInABottle.
* HeadTurnedBackwards: After demonstrating that having Ezra's head lopped off isn't going to stop her, Cube counters this by letting it fall backwards on her neck, and her regeneration power immediately glues it in position, putting a serious damper on her combat capability. Until her brother turn said head the right way, in a move that would be a NeckSnap if they weren't undead.
-->'''Koenig:''' Keep your head straight, dear sister.\\
'''Ezra:''' [-I'm never drinking from a twist-off bottle again.-]
* 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.\\
'''AltText:''' The Creator/NatalieWood is very pleasant, but it was in the wrong direction.
* HeroicSecondWind: [[spoiler:The Grinner]] [[DefiedTrope mocks]] [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-7-86/ this concept after]] [[spoiler:kicking away Mimic after the gnoll had just killed Madeline]]. [[spoiler:He then makes to stab him, but ends up accidentally cutting the rope holding Cube prisoner after Mimic turned into a chair to dodge impalement.]]
* HybridOverkillAvoidance: Offered as advice in the Critical Missives.
* IdeaBulb: [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-8-49/ A light bulb with Mimic's lips on it]] is used to illustrate the troll captain coming to the understanding that the ball he's holding, and that require alcohol to dissolve the mimic glue on it, might be the mimic in their opposing sport team. Yes, trolls are slow on the uptake.
* 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!?'''
** Madeline stabs a girallon through the palm with her pitchfork to perform a throw.
** Cube stabs Grinner with Maddie's borrowed pitchfork through the palm just as the gnoll is trying to gloat.
** And just afterwards, Stabs throw a knife through [[spoiler:Grinner's hand... just as he's holding a lit stick of dynamite. That really ruins his day.]]
%% IncrediblyLamePun redirects to Pun.
* InsultFriendlyFire: Mimic accidentally does this to Gelatinous Cube when he sees another cube.
-->'''Rusty:''' Awkwaaaaard.
* KickThemWhileTheyAreDown: A troll barges into the hospital to settle scores with a patient.
* KirbyDots: Trails of interlocked dots accompany [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-6-53/ the creation of Anti-Madeline.]] Also seen around the amplifier when about to tear up reality.
* KnightInShiningArmor: The wight in the forest claims he used to be one.
* KnowWhenToFoldEm: Just as they have Roxanne and Rusty cornered, when [[spoiler:the Princess]] enters the fray, the derro, upon checking their dossier, walk away. ([[spoiler:The Princess was marked "Do Not Engage", "Extremely Dangerous" and "[[DontAskJustRun Run.]]") Slobber doesn't though, [[spoiler:and it turns out Roxanne was impersonating the Princess after running off while asking Rusty to keep the big pug busy]].
* 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.
* LavaIsBoilingKoolAid: Much of level 7 is around lava like this. ''D&D'' rules take the blame.
* LiteralMetaphor:
** [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-6-32/ At the beginning of a Level 6 strip]], Y.T. warns Mimic: "Don't [[SssssnakeTalk crossss]] me." At the end of the strip, Mimic does exactly that (using Y.T.'s stretched body to cross a chasm); the lamia ain't happy about it.
--->'''Y.T.:''' Whu'd I ''jusst'' sssay, hah?
** During the Gnomish Baseball game, [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-8-45/ when Dirk says that Robespierre won a face-off in the third inning]], he means it quite literally, as we see the barbarian holding the ripped-off face of one of their troll opponents.
* 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. When she's actually facing him, the blush spread to her whole face.
** Rusty gets one after he [[PowerPerversionPotential eats Roxanne's underwire]].
* TheMafia: Complete with illithid (mind flayer) members.
* MatterOfLifeAndDeath: Clerics can only use healing power for this during gnomish baseball, because otherwise they'd run out.
* MetronomicManMashing: Well, [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-7-89/ Gnoll-mashing.]] Cube of all beings does it to Grinner, with the help of Madeline's pitchfork impaled through the gnoll's hand. Rusty, Roxy and Presti are tremendously enjoying the show.
* ModestyShorts: Madeline is sensibly [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level2/level-2-10/ 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.
* MusicalThemeNaming: The Derro minions are named Steak Knife, Card Shark, Con Job, and Boot Cut, which is a Music/RedHotChiliPeppers reference (specifically the song "By the Way").
* TheNeedForMead: Ye Olde Proverbial Hook is a repeating location.
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: Despite [[spoiler:falling in lava]], Madeline manages to [[spoiler:swipe Mimic from Grinner's hands, who was holding him hostage,]] from behind him before engaging [[spoiler:the gnoll]] in battle. [[spoiler:[[AvertedTrope A shit-ton of dynamite do her in, though]].]]
* 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[[invoked]]''.
* ObliviousToLove: Derek the Cleric doesn't seem to realize the meaning of Madeline's LuminescentBlush when she's facing him, mistaking it for a medical condition.
* OddShapedPanel:
** [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-8-37/ losing]] and [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-8-38/ regaining]] consciousness has the panel replaced by a few thin rectangles, not vertical, and losing -- or regaining -- size.
** [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-8-43/ Three simultaneous events shown by having a rectangle with two diagonal bars breaking it into the central act and two reactions to it.]]
* 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".)
* OnlyTheChosenMayWield: Zar tells Madeline that the pitchfork is this. In reality, its magical powers apparently derive from Madeline's belief in them.
%%* OnlyTheKnowledgableMayPass: The bottle fairy does this, by accident.
* OrphanedPunchline: Subverted.
* OurElvesAreBetter: Roxy's a subversion, but when more elves appear, they scorn her for it.
* 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]] in Level 6.
** Later, in Level 7, Mimic gets a "right-side-up cake" in the... box from Madeline fumbling.
* {{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'''.
* PreMortemOneLiner: Prestige saying "Buon Appetito." to V'innie [[spoiler:just before making him eat a badger at point blank]].
* PromptingNudge: Madeline is quite often tongue-tied around Derek the Cleric, mostly because of her obvious crush on him. Mimic finally convinces her to talk to him about her ResurrectionSickness, but only after a good nudge do the words come out of her mouth.
* PropheciesRhymeAllTheTime: Madeline's quest hooks, courtesy of Derek the Cleric.
-->'''Mimic:''' Am I on Creator/DrSeuss's Series/CandidCamera?
* PropheciesAreAlwaysRight: [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-7-16/ Zar's advice]] naturally comes in handy later on during the party's mission to rescue Cube and Mimic.
-->'''Zar:''' Miss Casbaugh: A word in the right ear does wonders. Miss Goodlaw: We learn little from victory, but much from defeat. Mister... Russell [Rusty]: Don't get lead by the nose. Miss Perkins: Go for the jugular. Miss Doogan: Remember your magic words.\\
'''Perkins:''' Um, I think you mixed--\\
'''Zar:''' No, I didn't.
** Later on, Presti ''does'' go for the jugular [[spoiler:(actually [[ItMakesSenseInContext "juggler"]])]] when she and Stabs get cornered.
** Stabs uses her magic words[[spoiler:, which is "bribe" for halflings like her, on one of Burnum's goons) and gets Cube's location]].
** Roxanne, after [[spoiler:getting stabbed by Grinner]], whispers a word, in which her enemy leans over to catch what she was trying to say]]. And then she shouts a word [[spoiler:(GOODBYE)]] into his right ear, [[spoiler:greatly disorienting him [[ChekhovsSkill with the Shout spell she learned from Presti earlier in the Level]] as a result to buy some time to get Presti free]].
** Rusty was not to get lead by the nose [[spoiler:of Burnum's cannon. Rather, he gets the (lead) cannonball from its back]], thus saving Roxanne [[spoiler:from getting blasted while squaring off against Slobber and the cotton candy elemental holding Prestige inside it.]]
** Madeline... [[spoiler:does land in a situation where da feet reveal something. Whether that's all of the prophecy remains to be seen]].
* 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.\\
'''Wight:''' But now I am... the Night Wight.\\
'''Mimic:''' A'ight, well... ''now'' we wanna hurt youse.
** The Viscount to Roxy:
--->'''Roxy:''' My Elvish is a little rusty...\\
'''Viscount:''' Oh come now, my dear! Are you an Elvish performer, or merely an Elvish impersonator?
* PunctuatedForEmphasis:
** [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level2/level-2-3/ It's. jus'. A Hoe.]]
** "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.
** Dorilys to a greater degree, her weapon of choice appearing to be "unfortunate accident".
* RebelRelaxation:
** Y.T. lacks legs, so she can't do the foot resting against the wall part, [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-6-63/ but she still pulls it out]].
** Dorilys is seen leaning against a wall arms folded... and then she [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-8-43/ takes out a troll without breaking the position.]]
* 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
--->[Armored Malevolus] + [rust monster] = [unarmored Malevolus] and\\
[Unarmored 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: 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:
** The monster adventurers meet a [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/30/ siren wearing them]] in Level 1.
--->'''Mimic:''' By th' way, nice seashells.\\
'''Siren:''' They're just B-shells, but thanks.
** The "Monster Guide" page also mentions this about the siren: "Don't ask what keeps the seashells on."
* SecondaryCharacterTitle: Rusty is more of a mascot overall; the main protagonist thus far is Mimic. (And by level 8 he's starting to get DemotedToExtra in favor of the humanoid characters.)
* SeriousBusiness: Gnomish baseball has its own police force and the authority to arrest people beyond just the stadium.
* TheShadowKnows: The Viscount, the new villain for Level 8, has a shadow that is slightly off with his silhouette, looking like he's carrying something horned with a pointy tail on his shoulder. Most likely, an invisible imp or some similar {{familiar}} creature.
* ShoutOut: Compiled [[ShoutOut/RustyAndCo on their own subpage]].
* SilenceIsGolden: The encounter with Rob the Hammer ends with an entirely dialog-less comic. (Though there are three sound effects.)
* SinisterScythe: Anti-Madeline brandishes a miniature one, following her GoodCounterpart's propension for farm implements as weapons.
* SirSwearsALot: Anti-Madeline, if the amount of her dialogue that's censored is any indication.
* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: Since most human(oid) characters of the comic are female, they are naturally the subject of plenty slapstick. Presti especially, in Level 6, to TheChewToy level. The male characters are hardly spared, of course, as Mimic and the Doogan brothers can attest.
* SlipperySkid: An upside-down cake, put judiciously in a path, produces a FacePlant.
* SmokeOut: Dirk Doogan [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-8-29/ uses a smoke bomb during the gnomish baseball game]] to obfuscate how he catches the ball, and then sneak away from the opposite troll team as a "little smoke cloud with fuzzy legs".
* SnakePeople: A redheaded, female lamia ([[{{Retcon}} once a yuan-ti]]) appears in the Tentacallis's 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.
* SpeechBubbles:
** Malevolus speaks in black-letter font on scroll-shaped bubbles. His speech bubbles turn normal once, precisely because he's making an effort to disguise his voice.
** The Viscount's speech bubbles are standard, but the connectors are always doing a little loop, suggesting a flowery, high-class way of speaking.
* SpotTheThread: [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-7-44/ After being given a potion by Stabs]], Perkins suspects it isn't her after an offhand comment about her bazooka. [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-7-45/ Unfortunately, it turns out there was more than one impostor]].
* SpySpeak: Stabs and her brothers [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-8-6/ are speaking in thieves cant]], with helpful captions for the readers.
-->'''AltText:''' Closed captioning has been provided for the cryptolecticly-challenged readers in the audience.
* SssssnakeTalk: Y.T. mixes this with a Texan accent.
* StaircaseTumble: After getting decapitated (for the third time) by Madeline, Ezra the vampiress tumbles down stairs (head first, followed by the rest of her body). She stomps her way back up looking very pissed.
* StealthPun: Schmetts, the alcoholic fairy, wears green. "The Green Fairy" is an euphemism for absinthe.
* StickySituation: Mimic has the standard adhesive ability of a ''D&D'' mimic, but employs it very rarely since, as he puts out, "If a ragin' axe-wieldin' berzerker's comin' at ya... gluin' y'self TO him isn't your best strategy!" He puts it to good use during a Gnomish Baseball match, though, [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-8-48/ turning into the ball]] and [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-8-49/ getting the whole opposing troll team]] stuck together.
* SuddenVideogameMoment: [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-6-36/ "Rusty Runner"]] in level 6.
* SuperStrength: Stabs thinks Perkins has this on top of her magic [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-7-35/ due to lifting her bazooka so easily]], but in reality the weapon is just charmed to be lighter than usual, not only for easy carrying but also to avert kickback.
* TalkingIsAFreeAction: Averted humorously, with the AltText lampshading the whole thing.
-->'''Mimic:''' Do somethin'!\\
'''Prestige:''' I can't, I'm too busy screaaaaaaaaming!
* TalkLikeAPirate: Captain 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).
* ThereWasADoor: Once he gets fed up with the party at "Ye Old Proverbial Hook", Robespierre walks out... through a wall, while Stabs is aghast.
* TheyHaveTheScent: Why Mimic warns the Princess against smoking.
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: Anti-Madeline's very first words.
-->'''Anti-Madeline:''' I exist, bitches!
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: [[spoiler: The Grinner's]] face says it all in the last panel of [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-7-87/ this strip]].
* {{Tuckerization}}: Several characters were based on pets or characters of patreon supporters. Unusually for this trope, the insertions were not just a cameo: the characters are seamlessly integrated into the plot, and some have become recurring supporting cast.
** The psychic Zar is a RPG character of a supporter.
** The gnoll Slobber is a supporter's pet pug.
** Dorylis the Cleric is likewise a supporter's character.
* 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.]]
* UnflinchingWalk: In [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-8-30/ this comic]], Dirk Dogan walks away whistling while body parts fly around behind him after he lured a troll into a saw blade trap.
* UngratefulBastard: [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-8-76/ The elf slaps Roxy and the gnoll doctor for helping her up.]]
%%* 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.
* 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.]]
** Schmetts, the alcoholic fairy, is found in a bottle, making her a "bottle fairy".
** Level 6 ends in a cliffhanger... with [[LiteralCliffhanger Rusty catching Madeline falling down as he's climbing a cliff]].
** In Level 8, the "8-bit 8-ball" is quickly identified as an artifact. What does it do? Artifacting, Dirk muses. Indeed, the comic's picture all around is getting low-resolution, as in an 8-bit picture. Which in computer parlance is called... artifacting.
* 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.
* WhamEpisode:
** [[NotSoHarmlessVillain Grinner]] [[spoiler:making his return appearance, capturing Cube and Mimic in the process.]]
** Very deliberately subverted by, of all things, [[spoiler: [[CharacterDeath Madeline's death]]]], which, while dramatic, the comic makes very clear is not going to change the overall tone of the strip ([[spoiler:resurrection spells exist, for one thing]]).
* 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.
* WidelySpacedJailBars: If the bars from the cells of the stadium's gaol may keep in a large man like Malevolus, they look way too spread apart to hold in [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-8-112/ a pair of thin elves]].
* 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 when Mimic is hit by a lightning spell, as he shouldn't have bones to begin with.
* 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.