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->'''Roy Greenhilt:''' The rogue is ambitious and greedy, the ranger is a complete psychopath, the wizard is trigger-happy and never stops talking, and the bard is as dumb as a box of moldy carrots!\\
'''Durkon Thundershield:''' As I recall, ye called me "surly and unpleasant" shortly after ye met me. [...] Maybe all these folks need is a good strong leader like ye ta whip 'em inta shape.
-->-- ''The Order of the Stick 0: On the Origin of [=PCs=]''

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'''''[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots.html The Order of the Stick]]''''' is a [[StickFigureComic Stick Figure Webcomic]] by Rich Burlew set in a world based on ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' [[RPGMechanicsVerse 3.5 Edition rules]] (an original world, rather than an established setting) centering around the adventures of the eponymous party. The comic is well-loved for its complicated plot (with storylines planned years in advance by Burlew), its well-executed MoodWhiplash moments, and its own brand of humor, often relying on sarcastic pop culture references.

The main cast consists of:
* Roy Greenhilt, the fighter, leader, and OnlySaneMan;
* Haley Starshine, an ActionGirl rogue who's [[GoldFever obsessed with treasure]];
* Vaarsuvius, a [[InsufferableGenius condescending]] [[SquishyWizard elf wizard]] whose [[AmbiguousGender unknown gender]] is a RunningGag;
* Durkon Thundershield, a [[StraightMan straitlaced]] [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame dwarf]] cleric of Thor;
* Elan, a [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} strange]] and [[TheFool none-too-bright]] [[QuirkyBard bard]] with a [[GenreSavvy flair for]] [[LargeHam the dramatic]];
* Belkar Bitterleaf, a [[HairTriggerTemper hot-headed]] halfling ranger/barbarian [[HeroicComedicSociopath who kills and/or threatens people at the slightest provocation]].

The comic started off as a gag-a-day strip, often mocking ''D&D'' rules, but things quickly took [[CerebusSyndrome a turn for the dramatic]]: their journey to defeat the evil Xykon entangled them in the lich's plot to harness the power of The Snarl, a [[EldritchAbomination sinister reality-eating]]... [[NegativeSpaceWedgie thing formed at the dawn of creation]] from literal [[ContinuitySnarl tangles in the fabric of reality]]. Along the way, they butted heads with [[{{Mooks}} hordes of monsters]], plot complications, [[KnightTemplar an overzealous paladin]] or two, and the Linear Guild, a group of {{Evil Counterpart}}s led by Elan's EvilTwin brother, [[SdrawkcabName Nale]].

Of course, even with all that going on, it's still covered with plenty of humor. Also notable is the fact that ''all'' of the main characters and quite a few of the minor characters are extremely GenreSavvy, not just about the ''D&D'' rules and gameplay mechanics [[MediumAwareness by which their world operates]], but general storytelling tropes as well. This tends to lead to a ''lot'' of LampshadeHanging (including, at one point, [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0546.html lampshading the act of lampshading]] -- [[VisualPun with a literal lampshade]]).

''The Order of the Stick'' was one of the original reasons for the "[[http://www.giantitp.com Giant in the Playground]]" gaming site, which also hosted the first volume of ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}''. The [=GitP=] forums are almost an unofficial troper forum, thanks in part to the webcomic's [[TroperCriticalMass distinct appeal to tropers]].

The webcomic pages have also been sold in hardcopy in the following books:

* ''Dungeon Crawlin' Fools'' (1-121)
* ''No Cure for the Paladin Blues'' (122-301)
* ''War and [=XPs=]'' (302-484)
* ''Don't Split the Party'' (485-672)
* ''Blood Runs in the Family'' (673-946)

The physical volumes of the main comic also contain extra sideplots and gag-strips as incentives for readers to buy them. As is typical of the comic, these books are [[NoFourthWall referenced in the story]], usually when a character wonders if a particular sideplot will be expanded there.

There are also several print-only books that are tied into the comic:

* ''On the Origin of [=PCs=]'' (a prequel to ''Dungeon Crawlin' Fools'' which focuses on how Roy and Durkon founded the Order of the Stick)
* ''Start of Darkness'' (a prequel focusing on Xykon and Redcloak)
* ''Snips, Snails and Dragon Tales'' (a collection of strips published in ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'' magazine and about eighty pages of other humorous fluff).
* ''The Order of the Stick Coloring Book'' (a Kickstarter-exclusive featuring Elan and Thog in a monochrome lineart adventure waiting to be coloured in)
* The Kickstarter rewards also include a number of exclusive digital comics, mostly focused on minor characters or reimagined settings, which may be collated into a book at some point in the future.

The print-only books are not necessary for following the main plot of the comic. In fact, it's usually lampshaded whenever material from a print-only book is recapped (sometimes with a character [[ProductPlacement checking an actual copy of the book]] just to make sure they got everything).

Has multiple [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStick character sheets]]. [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Fittingly]].
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!!''The Order of the Stick'' subpages:

[[index]]
* TheOrderOfTheStick/TropesAToC
* TheOrderOfTheStick/TropesDToF
* TheOrderOfTheStick/TropesGToI
* TheOrderOfTheStick/TropesJToL
* TheOrderOfTheStick/TropesMToO
* TheOrderOfTheStick/TropesPToR
* TheOrderOfTheStick/TropesSToU
* TheOrderOfTheStick/TropesVToZ
* [[Recap/TheOrderOfTheStick Recap Page]]
* [[ShoutOut/TheOrderOfTheStick Shout Outs]]
* [[WhamEpisode/TheOrderOfTheStick Wham Episodes]]
* [[ReferencedBy/TheOrderOfTheStick Referenced Page]]

[[/index]]
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