''[[http://terrorisland.net Terror Island]]'' is a now-concluded [[http://terrorisland.net/strips/139.html TV Tropes-aware]] (see notes below comic) webcomic about two {{Cloudcuckoolander}} roommates who try to [[ZanyScheme trick]] each other into buying groceries, and everyone else in their intellectual, subversive, and surreal world of board-game playing pieces. Written by Ben Heaton and Lewis Powell.


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* Sid, a privateer wordsmith who refuses to buy groceries. Stephen's roommate. Played by Professor Plum from Film/{{Clue}}.
* Stephen, a vexillographer who also refuses to buy groceries. Played by the [[TabletopGame/{{Chess}} White King's Rook]].
* Liln, a jeweler who thinks the whole grocery debate is stupid. Jame is her boyfriend. Played by the Red Foam Piece.
* Jame, a restaurateur. Decidedly [[StraightMan the least 'zany' of the bunch]]. [[spoiler:Gets possessed by a (rather incompetent) demon.]] Played by a blue Tiddlywink.
* York, a game salesman/designer who constantly tries to sell things to people, and went to college at Center of the Earth University, which is actually on the Moon. Played by the thimble from TabletopGame/{{Monopoly}}.
* Aorist, whose job we don't know. Friendly, and participates in other peoples' schemes, often putting crazy twists on them. [[spoiler: Killed by a resurfaced Demon-Jame, and eventually [[BackFromTheDead resurrected by]] [[AssPull Bartleby]].]] Played by a green Icehouse pyramid.
* First Folio, one of York's classmates at Center of the Earth University (which, again, is on the moon), who keeps kosher, wants to find out more about Omicron, and is experienced with supernatural creatures. Played by a green {{Cranium}} piece.
* Omicron, Sid's cat. Used to be Sid and Stephen's, but Stephen lost his half in a bet about formica. Played by an actual cat, making it a much bigger character than anybody else. [[spoiler:Because the actual cat Ray who played Omicron [[RealitySubtext died during the strip's run]], it didn't reappear.]]
* Gunpowder Jackson, M.D, Jame's stuntman. Got his position as a punishment for jaywalking, due to the doubly imaginary Law of Jame. Played by a red Pictionary cube.
* '''The Green Grocer''', grocery store owner turned CardCarryingVillain who loves to say his own villain-name. Played by a green Sorry! piece.
* Gibbs and Lockley, [[AuthorAvatar author avatars]]. Played by two trains from the railroad version of the game Rush Hour.

''Terror Island'' concluded on September 12, 2008. It's not related to ''Film/IslandOfTerror''.

!!Contains examples of:

* AintNoRule: Against teleportation in a skateboarding competition.
* AltText
* AntiClimax: Gunpowder Jackson and Zantrok meet again after several arcs of build-up in Strip #278. [[spoiler:Zantrok apologizes for embarrassing Gunpowder earlier. They both decide to let it go and move on with their lives.]]
* AuthorAvatar: Gibbs and Lockley.
* AwesomeButImpractical: The Green Grocer's spaceship, which only goes to the Moon. Not to the Moon and back, just to the Moon.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:Aorist.]]
* BeyondTheImpossible: Sid somehow managed to get elected Czar of Geography City, which is both an unelected position and one he made up.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Sid and Stephen's morality is a strange example of this, in that the blueness and ornateness comes pretty much exclusively from one notion: buying groceries is the ultimate evil. Anything short of murder can be justified in their minds if it means that someone else will buy groceries for them, from demon-summoning to declaring yourself Czar and arresting random people.
* CardCarryingVillain:
** The Green Grocer fits this so well that he could be considered a [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction]].
** Ned Q. Sorcerer and Demon-Jame are both quite fond of gloating about how horrifying they are and the destruction they will wreak upon mankind.
* CaptainObvious:
** From Ben's Notes in Strip #103:
-->''Fun Fact: If Sid's story wins a Newbery, it will be the first time the committee has given the award to a made-up work mentioned in a webcomic.''
** Similarly, from Lewis's Notes in 178:
-->''Many people may not know this, but Aorist is actually based on a person Ben and I made up.''
* ChewToy / ButtMonkey: Jame.
* ContractualGenreBlindness: '''The Green Grocer''''s henchmen.
* CreepyTwins: Triplets, actually.
* DeusExMachina: [[spoiler: Bartleby, Sid and Stephen's other roommate "who only exists in every hundredth strip", and always unilaterally resolves the current story arc.]]
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first strip showed Sid having a flashback to five years ago, and imagining himself and Stephen speaking in YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe. This is clearly shown as a sign of Sid being a CloudCuckooLander, and Stephen is confused by it. Later strips establish that this kind of altered memory is normal in the Terror Island-verse, and that it in fact takes some kind of supernatural force to cause people to remember things in any other way.
* EvilAllAlong: [[spoiler:Ally Cs, the incompetent reporter, is revealed in #282 to secretly be a super villain known as The Reportress]].
* ExactWords:
** Liln has to call Sid a "privateer wordsmith" because she lost a bet; they were arguing over whether Pluto was the farthest planet, but both failed to specify what it was farthest ''from'' and so Sid clarified that he meant "farthest from Pluto".
** In [[http://www.terrorisland.net/strips/066.html Strip #66]], Sid tells Jame "don't panic, but there's a small chance that, through no fault of my own, I may have summoned a demon into you". He definitely summoned a demon, it's just there's a small chance it wasn't his fault.
** From [[http://www.terrorisland.net/strips/027.html Strip #27]]:
-->'''York''': Stephen, your word is "Camelopard".\\
'''Stephen''': Can you use it in a sentence?\\
'''York''': Almost certainly.\\
'''Stephen''': Sorry, ''will'' you use it in a sentence?\\
'''York''': Probably not. It isn't a very common word.
** In [[http://www.terrorisland.net/strips/162.html Strip #162]], the Green Grocer responds to the others not wanting to hear his story with "alright, but if you don't want to hear my story, you won't get to hear about werewolf valkyries". He was telling the truth, he just omitted the fact that they wouldn't get to hear about werewolf valkyries either way.
** In [[http://www.terrorisland.net/strips/243.html Strip #243]], Sid asks Jame "If I don't know anything about skating boards, then how do you explain my undefeated record?"
-->'''Jame''': I give up. How?\\
'''Sid''': Oh, easy. I've never entered any competitions before.
** Ned Q. Sorcerer uses this to win the skateboarding competition a few strips later. The rules say that anyone who jumps across or uses a vehicle of any kind is disqualified for not using a skateboard, but there's nothing in them saying that anyone who ''teleports'' across is disqualified for not using a skateboard.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: Although the writers didn't expect to be able to carry the grocery plot on for so long.
* FiveStagesOfGrief: Parodied in Strip #158.
-->'''Stephen''': [[spoiler:Demon-Jame did not just kill Aorist.]] He couldn't have.\\
'''Sid''': Your denial is making me angry.\\
'''Stephen''': I'll stop being in denial if you [[spoiler:bring him back from the dead.]]\\
'''Sid''': I'm worthless, I can't even [[spoiler:resurrect my best friend]].\\
'''Stephen''': Man, I guess he [[spoiler:really is dead.]]\\
'''York''': Guys, the stages of grief don't work when you're trying to rush through them.
* FutureSlang: Parodied; everyone talks like this when Stephen imagines the future, even if he's imagining ''less than a day'' into the future. Considering he also imagines people in the past [''five years ago''] talking in weird antique English, [[CloudCuckooLander this isn't out of character...]]
* GrandFinale: [[spoiler:In the end, Sid and Stephen ''[[BeyondTheImpossible both]]'' bought groceries first.]]
* HeroicComedicSociopath: Sid and Stephen resort to a lot of very shady tactics to win the competition, like when Sid tried to summon a demon to possess Stephen and force him to buy groceries, or when Stephen became Czar of Geography City and first tried to arrest Sid ofr not buying groceries, then began convicting random people of Sid not buying groceries.
* HonorBeforeReason: [[http://www.terrorisland.net/strips/248.html Blueteen is willing to incarcerate himself for a victimless crime to uphold the rule of law.]]
* IJustWriteTheThing: Parodied. The writers claim that their [[InsistentTerminology theorems]] are logically derived from universal axioms and they have no control over their content.
* InsaneTrollLogic: Every character is a master of this. For example, in [[http://www.terrorisland.net/strips/065.html one strip]] Jame asks Stephen for somewhere he can go to avoid Gunpowder Jackson, and Stephen suggests Sid's secret room down the hall. Jame says he should ask Sid first, but Stephen replies that if he did that, it wouldn't be a secret.
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: Jame, pronounced not like "Jay-me" but like "James" without the S[[note]]because there's only one of him[[/note]].
* JudgmentOfSolomon: Parodied. Stephen attempts to settle a dispute over a stolen lawnmower in one strip. However, both claimants know the story already and so they both say to give it to the other. Stephen then decides to give them both the whole thing.
* LiteraryAgentHypothesis: In the form of the actor being a representation of the character. The authors are fairly clear that Sid, for example, is not a purple ''TabletopGame/{{Clue}}'' piece, he is simply represented by it.
* MindScrew: Jame hosted a fake grand opening for his restaurant and got Aorist to appear as a fake food critic. Aorist then got his fake review published in an imaginary magazine (they gave it 5i stars), which then attracted two imaginary people who somehow actually came to the restaurant, ordered foods that didn't exist ''and then got them'', and paid using actual money in accordance with an imaginary law.
* MistakenForSpecialGuest: by the unlikely name of "Ned Q. Sorcerer, D.D.S.", no less.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: In [[http://www.terrorisland.net/strips/073.html Strip #73]], Demon-Jame attempts to blight Aorist's crops, but ends up just killing the weeds in his garden.
* NoAnimalsWereHarmed: Parodied in Lewis's notes for [[http://www.terrorisland.net/strips/002.html Strip #2]], by using it as a form of CaptainObvious in a strip that featured no animals in the first place:
-->''No animals were harmed in the making of this strip. Unless Ben or I ate while we were making it. And, then the animals weren't harmed in the making of the strip so much as before the making of the strip.''
* NonAnswer: From [[http://www.terrorisland.net/strips/164.html Strip #164]]:
-->'''First Folio''': What? How the ''[[GoshDangItToHeck hey]]'' does killing Jame help preserve the balance?\\
'''Unity''': Imagine that the two halves of the universe rest on a giant seesaw.\\
'''First Folio''': Okay.\\
'''Unity''': We hope that has made everything clear to you.
* NonindicativeName: Unless you count the kitchen "island" and the terror of living with a roommate.
** Also, Ned Q. Sorcerer is not a sorcerer.
** Centre of the Earth University is located on the surface of the Moon.
* TheNothingAfterDeath
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: When Demon-Jame first appeared, all he did was kill the weeds in Aorist's garden and trap some people in a cage before being banished while he was distracted pointing out the flaws in Stephen's logic. [[spoiler:[[http://www.terrorisland.net/strips/157.html He returns later and kills Aorist.]]]]
* OnlySaneMan: Jame, whose most common role is to [[CassandraTruth constantly make logical complaints and rational suggestions that are never listened to.]] And even he has his moments.
* OxymoronicBeing:
** The Obvious Dentist's superpower is that [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway everyone knows he's a dentist]]. He's not a dentist, but everyone still knows he is.
** Jamezu is the wine steward at Famous Jame's, a restaurant that doesn't serve wine.
* PaperThinDisguise: Taken UpToEleven with Ally C's disguise as The Reportress. The only difference is that The Reportress doesn't wear glasses, whereas Ally C doesn't wear ''contacts''.
* PhotoComic
* PreviouslyOn
* QuirkyTown
* TheRant: Both creators have one at the bottom of each comic.
* {{Smurfing}}: York does this for a while, starting [[http://www.terrorisland.net/strips/293.html here]]
* SpellingBee: Includes the archaic "Camelopard", the word "iufjeme" (the definition of which is "contains a silent f before the j"), and the "null word".
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: [[spoiler:Aorist]]
* TagLine: a lot, listed here
-->distinct from everything, including itself
-->remarkably popular [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff in Norway]]
-->the photocomic that's not a photocomic
-->the universe's only logically necessary comic
-->inexplicable title, hilarious cast page
-->serious gamepieces, serious photocomic
-->"I have nothing against picture comics."
-->we put the wink in tiddlywinks
-->the webcomic that takes place on a dude's sink and has chess pieces
-->six of one, two dozen of the other.
-->intelligent and perhaps even educated
-->Guys I honestly did not want to like this comic
-->actually has nothing to do with terror and is not set on an island
-->"I'm not sure why it's called Terror Island."
-->Holla mine brothers and sister over internet space!
-->"some photos of chess pieces don't want to buy groceries?"
* VoodooShark: Parodied and {{Lampshaded}} in [[http://www.terrorisland.net/strips/057.html one strip]].
-->'''Liln''': It's been a long time since you guys went shopping. Why haven't you starved to death yet?\\
'''Sid''': Now that Stephen's the Czar, people have been sending tributes. Some of them are edible or near-edible.\\
'''Liln''': But Stephen's only been Czar for a few days.\\
'''Sid''': Aorist sent the stuff back in time.\\
'''Liln''': Wait, what?\\
'''Sid''': Oh, right. I mean ''forward'' in time.\\
'''Liln''': That wouldn't work.\\
'''Sid''': What, and you think going back in time would?
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: The Obvious Dentist. His power is that people know that he's a dentist. He's ''not'' a dentist, but people still know he is. We later find out he actually also has the ability to teleport, but that's presumably not considered a power in his home universe, or it might just be sleight-of-hand.
* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: Similar to the FutureSlang gag, the characters always use flowery, alliterative, pseudo-Shakespearean English in flashbacks.
* ZanyScheme: Obviously.


''Looks like somebody's been eating sour grapes.''