''[[http://www.thenoobcomic.com The Noob]]'' is yet another gaming {{webcomic}}, which sets itself apart from most others by focusing almost entirely on parodying {{MMORPG}}s. The story originally revolves around Ohforf'Sake, the PlayerCharacter of an [[TheEveryman Everyman]] gamer who [[WalkingTheEarth wanders aimlessly]] and [[IdiotHero cluelessly]] around the world of [[EverQuest Clichequest]], [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a brutally stereotypical fantasy MMORPG]] and gets into and barely survives ([[DeathIsCheap or not]]) all kinds of shenanigans.

As the comic has gone on, the focus has shifted from Ohforf himself to various other characters in the game world, including the Outcasts (a band of [[PlayerKilling Player Killers]]/{{Heroic Comedic Sociopath}}s whose storyline included a pastiche of ''Film/TheWarriors''), another, smarter, female newbie called Hypatia, Sir Bob the veteran player, the hapless members of a roleplaying guild and the game developers themselves. The comic spends much of its time mocking {{MMORPG}} tropes and the absurdities of the genre, along with the players and developers of such games, but with [[AffectionateParody far too much insight to be truly malicious]].

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!!The comic provides examples of:

* AnAdventurerIsYou: Clichequest uses, as expected, pretty typical MMORPG classes.
** Rangers are incredibly overpowered, [[AuthorAppeal due to the lead developer's liking for playing them]]- something many real game devs are accused of doing, [[ScapegoatCreator true or not]].
* AIIsACrapshoot
-->"The AI in this game is starting to worry me. It's so advanced, it whines."
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Cyrus to Fred the Dread, though this is due to his excessive hacking.
* AncientOrderOfProtectors: In [[http://clichequest.com/index.php?pos=12 this strip]], Ohforf joins a guild. Upon learning their name, "The Righteous Protectors of the Crimson Star", he imagines them as this trope, but it turns out they're just a roleplaying guild with a NonIndicativeName.
* BribingYourWayToVictory: The Clichequest App for cellphones, '[[UnfortunateNames App Yours]]'. The free version lets you access your character's bank. The paid version lets you access other player's banks.
* BrickJoke:
** The [[http://www.thenoobcomic.com/index.php?pos=194 healing]] [[http://www.thenoobcomic.com/index.php?pos=224 macro]].
** The guild leader of Efficient Omniscience asked where Sonny and Fredo were, and was told Fredo had gone PK. Many strips later, Fredo appeared with the [=SDLGDEDDLs=].
* {{Bowdlerize}}: Parodied. When a player named himself Dick Tracy, a GM changed his name to !@%& Tracy (and banned him for a week).
** The Devs briefly introduced a filter to censor all homophobic comments, which rendered D34dly incomprehensible. [[http://www.thenoobcomic.com/index.php?pos=348 It was gay]].
* BunnyEarsLawyer: This is how the other [=PKers=] view Dakilla and his enthusiasm for the game lore.
* BullyingADragon: Baron Wolfgang Von Epeen became the leader of Efficient Omniscience following the former leader's death and decided to talk trash to Absolute Endgame - even after he was told that one of the developers was in their guild.
* CallBack: [[http://thenoobcomic.com/index.php?pos=79 Arsemode]] has shown up several times, in [[http://thenoobcomic.com/index.php?pos=88 increasingly]] [[http://thenoobcomic.com/index.php?pos=348 elaborate]] variants.
** [[http://thenoobcomic.com/index.php?pos=236 Quantum-arsemode!]]
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Cyborella uses the old "is that a dagger in your pants or are you just happy to see me" line on Drakoola. Drakoola pulls out an actual dagger and starts gushing over its stats.
* CripplingOverspecialization: MinMaxing [[http://thenoobcomic.com/index.php?pos=373 taken to the extreme]], because a boss can only be beaten this way.
* DeathIsCheap: Like most {{MMORPG}}s, although the PVP'ers heavily de-level someone by camping their corpse, though.
* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: Don't sass the devs.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: After killing 4 [=GM=]s, Fred the Dread daydreams about ascending to PK Valhalla.
* DisproportionateRetribution: The head developer responds to accidentally being knocked in a lake by Ohforf by starting the Nerfaggedon, massively nerfing everyone around him.
* DoomyDoomsOfDoom: The [=SDLGDEDDL=] (Shadow Dread Lord Gods of the Dark Evil Dead Doom Legion).
* DulcineaEffect: [[http://www.thenoobcomic.com/index.php?pos=53 "So, when are we leaving?"]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Fred the Dread and Your Name Here consider it bad form to trash talk well matched or undermatched opponents. Subverted by D34dly, who... doesn't.
** The head developer draws the line at physically torturing beta testers...only ''just''.
* EvilerThanThou: Cyrus to Fred the Dread. While Fred the Dread is admittedly a bloodthirsty [=PKer=], he genuinely grinded for levels rather than resort to hacking like Cyrus did. According to Dakilla, he also researched many exploits.
* ExplosiveBreeder: [[http://thenoobcomic.com/index.php?pos=208 Rats are mass-produced this way.]]
* {{Expospeak}}: In-universe example: The developers use these as 'lore-nukes' to put players in a coma, to hide that the game content isn't done yet.
* FakeUltimateHero: Ohforf has become this [[TheFool completely by accident]]. Ohforf didn't even [[spoiler:kill the raid boss]]. It swallowed the new GM, burned its insides on the GM's flaming staff and killed itself on the stalactites, then landed at Ohforf's feet. That's why [[spoiler:the new GM got the uber-buff, not Ohforf'.]]
* FatGirl: Tacobell.
* FiveBadBand: The [=PKers=], although the band's lineup could be interpreted one of two ways.
** TheBigBad: Fred the Dread (main leader of the [=PKers=] and causer of the most mayhem) or Drakoola (the actual Guild Leader)
** TheDragon: Dakilla (if Fred is the Big Bad) or Fred the Dread (if Drakoola is the Big Bad)
** TheEvilGenius: D34dly D34dly (as the spellcaster) or Dakilla (the guy who pays attention to the game lore)
** TheBrute: Your Name Here (both versions)
** TheDarkChick: Drakoola (he's mostly off doing his own thing and rarely with the rest of the [=PKers=]), or D34dly D34dly (as the comic relief and stupid one)
* {{Flanderization}}: D34dly D34dly started out as a bit ditzy. He evolved into someone who seems to be functionally retarded about everything that isn't [=PvP=].
* GeniusDitz: D34dly D34dly. He's pretty damn good at [=PvP=], but doesn't seem to have even the slightest bit of common sense about anything else.
* GoneHorriblyWrong: Around 80% of the things the devs do. HilarityEnsues.
* IdiotHero: Ohforf, from the start.
** This is lampshaded when Hypatia convince the roleplayer guild's leader to let Ohforf in...on the basis he's roleplaying a retard. He's fooled immediately.
** His later actions reflect more ignorance and naiveté than actual stupidity, though.
* IWasQuiteALooker: [[http://www.thenoobcomic.com/index.php?pos=168 Drakoola]], before limb-loss reduced him to just his nose.
* JerkassGods: The GM's and developers are only godlike in-game, of course, but apart from this they are a prime example (when they're not just [[NeglectfulPrecursors plain lazy]]).
* KarmaHoudini: Unsuprisingly, the [=PKing=] pros kill almost everyone without repercussions. Interestingly enough, the devs included Limb-Loss (a parody of Stat-Loss as was used in a [[UltimaOnline real game]]) for [=PKers=] when they were killed as a form of karmic retribution. This is the reason Fred the Dread has a hooked hand. And Drakoola had killed so many players before dying himself, he is literally only a nose by this point.
* KleptomaniacHero: Deconstructed in [[http://www.thenoobcomic.com/index.php?pos=422 this comic]]. Long story short, [[QuestGiver quest givers]] have to hide their barrels each time a player visits. TakeYourTime [[JustifiedTrope finally explained]] !
* LoudOfWar: Ohforf is punished by listening to the bards, and temporarily goes crazy.
* NintendoHard: The game developer responds to complaints about the [[ItsEasySoItSucks game being too easy]] by [[DisproportionateRetribution making the game this]].
* NominalImportance: Parodied when Sir Bob warns Ohforf while entering a high-level dungeon, telling him that each of the monsters inside are deadly enough to have [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast their own respective names]]...which turn out to be human names such as Ted.
* OldShame - In-universe:
** Before he became a [=PKer=], Dakilla was part of a role-playing guild.
** D34dly D34dly would like to make it known that he had no way of guessing that Slutzilla was a man in real life.
* OverusedCopycatCharacter: Spoofed, with all the elves trying to think of new ways to call themselves [[TheLordOfTheRings Legolas]].
** Ohforf [[http://www.thenoobcomic.com/index.php?pos=3 got his name]] because the guy playing him got frustrated after being unable to find a new version of a famous fantasy character.
* PatchworkMap: The [[http://thenoobcomic.com/index.php?pos=225 Crossroads]]!
* PersonalEffectsReveal: The first rat that Ohforf kills has a tiny little wallet with a crayon drawing of his son expressing his love for his daddy.
* PointyHairedBoss: The lead developer of the game, not that his employees are much better. Some are even worse.
* {{Poopsocking}}: [[http://www.thenoobcomic.com/index.php?pos=406 Parodied.]]
* PurpleProse: Many [[TheRoleplayer roleplayers]] talk like this.
* RainbowPimpGear: {{Lampshaded}} of course, but Sir Bob's outfit actually wouldn't look out of place as a medieval noble.
** A later bit character (a [[SmallNameBigEgo raid leader]]) is wearing so many shoulder pads, one on top of another, that his guildmates require a ladder to help him put a new pair on.
* ReadTheFinePrint: When Ohforf's player installs the game, he clicks past this little gem:
-->'''Clichequest EULA:''' [[DivineComedy Through me you pass into the city of woe]], [[{{Hell}} Through me you pass into eternal pain.]]
* ResetButton: '''CLICHEQUEST.EXE ERROR: SERVER CONNECTION LOST''' appears whenever the story gets a bit too far from the status quo.
** Rather literally, with how the devs use that button.
* RougeAnglesOfSatin: It's a MMORPG, what do you expect? The beginners quest building has a floor for "Rogues and Rouges".
* RunningGag: Powerful characters are always getting KilledoffForReal by Clichemon.
* ScarilyCompetentTracker: [[http://thenoobcomic.com/index.php?pos=82 Dakilla]] and the Aragorn Syndrome.
* SexyPackaging: [[http://www.thenoobcomic.com/index.php?pos=186 The expansion pack.]]
* ShoutOut: Directly to ''CityOfHeroes'' at one early point. Not to mention that in many ways Clichequest seems to share a little too much in common with ''UltimaOnline'' and ''EverQuest'' to be a coincidence.
** Given the name of Clichequest, it's not exactly likely to be a coincidence...
*** The Noob shouts out to Everquest repeatedly. Over and over again. From the gag about the elven population dwindling because the newbies walk out of the treetop city and fall to their deaths (city of Kelethin), or when the new expansion was marketed by including a 3D bustline on the package (Firiona Vie), to the author acknowledging that one of the strips was based on an experience of "camping" a monster for 17 days...
** The lead developer is known in-game as Lord Saxon--a shout out to Lord British of ''{{Franchise/Ultima}}'' fame.
** Allusions to movies are pretty frequent as well - there have been references to, at least, ''Film/BladeRunner''[[note]]Sir Bob's "I've seen things you newbies wouldn't believe..." speech[[/note]], ''Film/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid''[[note]]Your Name Here and D34dly facing the horde of PK:ers[[/note]],''DoctorStrangelove'', ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}''[[note]]the duped brooms[[/note]], ''ForbiddenPlanet''[[note]]the id-monster[[/note]], ''TheGraduate''[[note]]Cyborella's attempted seduction of Ohforf[[/note]], ''Film/TheWarriors''[[note]]the PK guilds chasing the Outcasts[[/note]], ''Film/FatalAttraction''[[note]]Fred's spurned lover Bethany boiling his headdress[[/note]], and probably some others too.
** VideoGame/DwarfFortress: [[http://thenoobcomic.com/index.php?pos=389 seen on a dev's computer]]
*** And the [[http://thenoobcomic.com/index.php?pos=412 cofounder]] as well.
* ShouldersOfDoom: Apparently, the lead dev trying to outdo ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' in [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything bigger shoulder pads]]. One rejected design had cranes on it to assist lifting [[{{BFS}} epic weapons]].
* SmallNameBigEgo: The lead developer, and several players.
* StealthPun: "Switch yourself off, fool! You'll [[LampshadeHanging attract attention]]!" - Sir Bob to a spy disguised as a [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]].
* [[StopHavingFunGuys "Stop Having Fun" Guy]]: (InUniverse). Al, one of the developers, is also a [=PvPer=] who despises all [=non-PVP=] content and constantly fights with the other developers when forced to work on "carebear content". [[http://www.thenoobcomic.com/index.php?pos=285 He later gets his revenge.]]
** The [=PKers=] too, to an extent. Fred and Dakilla explain to Oforf once that [=PKing=] keeps other players sharp and if they're not good enough to survive then they don't deserve to - and then ramble off a bunch of glitches and exploits they use in combat.
* {{Stripperific}}: Parodied. Hypatia complains about it, and not to mention the cover for the game's expansion...
* TakeYourTime: {{Justified|Trope}} by quest givers who aren't really in a hurry to see [[KleptomaniacHero that guy who broke all their barrels]] come back.
* ThatCameOutWrong: [[http://www.thenoobcomic.com/index.php?pos=172 He]] actually ''is'' talking about a nose.
* TookALevelInDumbass: D34dly D34dly.
* TwentyBearAsses: Hilariously lampooned in an early strip.
* UnfortunateImplications: In-universe; the GM default model looks an awful lot like a Klan member. Other moments from the devs like this are a RunningGag.
** The Klan-costumes are intentional. The AltText mentions how the [=GMs=] in early [=MMOs=] really looked so intimidating. And it's also used as a RunningGag
* VendorTrash: Lampshaded in [[http://www.thenoobcomic.com/index.php?pos=17 this]] strip.
* WalkingTheEarth