''[[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''.

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!!Contains examples of:

* [[AdventurerArchaeologist Adventurer Vexillographer]]
* AintNoRule: Against teleportation.
* AltText
* AuthorAvatar: Gibbs and Lockley.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:Aorist.]]
* CardCarryingVillain: The Green Grocer fits this so well that he could be considered a [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction]].
* 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.]]
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: though the writers didn't expect to be able to carry the grocery plot on for so long
* 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...]]
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: Jame, pronounced not like "Jay-me" but like "James" without the S[[note]]because there's only one of him[[/note]].
* MistakenForSpecialGuest: by the unlikely name of "Ned Q. Sorcerer, D.D.S.", no less.
* NonindicativeName: Unless you count the kitchen "island" and the terror of living with a roommate.
** Also, Ned Q. Sorcerer is not a sorcerer.
* TheNothingAfterDeath
* 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.
* PhotoComic
* PreviouslyOn
* QuirkyTown
* {{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?"
* ThrowItIn: Some of the strips involve the writers' real life cat Ray as an "actor," which sometimes involves Ray doing something random which turns out to be very funny and makes it into the strip. [[http://www.terrorisland.net/strips/168.html This]] is a good example of the cat interrupting the camera work with something that turned out to be even better than what they had in mind.
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: The Obvious Dentist. His power is that [[spoiler:people know that he's a dentist. He's ''not'' a dentist, but people still know he is.]]
* WordOfGod: The authors' notes at the end. [[http://www.terrorisland.net/strips/052.html Theorem 52]]'s notes draw attention to this, constructing an elaborate ladder of {{canon}}icity.
* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: Similar to the FutureSlang gag, the characters always use flowery, alliterative, pseudo-Shakespearean English in flashbacks.
* ZanyScheme: obviously.

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