* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** Is Fighter a naive idiot with occasional sparks of genius, or is he a brilliant mastermind lulling everyone into a false sense of security? [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2007/03/20/episode-822-too-many-light-warriors-spoil-the-npc/ Strangely enough, offered by Fighter himself.]] Further supported [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2008/09/23/episode-1041-the-only-logical-response/ here]]. (The Socratic Method is a method in which you ask questions and debate to get answers instead of just finding someone who knows. Also could reference the well-known Creator/{{Socrates}} quote, "The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.") Oh, and [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2003/12/04/episode-359-flawless-victories/ here]].
*** [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2003/04/12/episode-272-mind-games/ "You realize of course this means Fighter is the smartest."]]
*** Further evidenced [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2003/08/12/episode-318-buckle-up-its-the-law/ here]] where Fighter displays a surprising grasp of physics.
** Garland is another instance of this, as are the Forest Imps.
* AnvilsThatNeededToBeDropped: It was a ''2001'' strip, and [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2001/12/12/episode-100-white-mage-makes-it-all-better/ White Mage really did make it better]].
* ArcFatigue: The last arc, which spent several months of what was essentially one continuous conflict which kept changing, then spent about 4 months on the Light Warriors screwing around to try and gain levels to face the final opponent. [[spoiler:It then becomes clear [[TheyPlottedAPerfectlyGoodWaste this was completely intentional]] to make the ending all the more [[AntiClimax anticlimactic]].]]
* ArchivePanic: 1,224 comics. Have fun.
* CharacterAlignment
** NeutralGood: Fighter, type 1 (passively good towards friends, though he has no issue with helping strangers).
** LawfulEvil: Thief, a combination of type 1 (easier to become ruler of the world by exploiting the existing system) with a bit of type 4 (imposes ridiculously harsh rules and abuse the hell out of ExactWords).
** NeutralEvil: Red Mage, a combination of type 1 (amoral) and a little bit of type 3 (indifferent to the good/evil conflict).
** ChaoticEvil: Black Mage, typically presents as a type 4 ([[AxCrazy batshit insane]] with a complete LackOfEmpathy) but can move along the scale to either type 1 (the half-way point to ChaoticNeutral) or type 2 (the half-way point to NeutralEvil) depending on what kind of day he's been having.
* CrazyAwesome: A majority of the cast. The main characters are defined by this trait. However, special mention goes to [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2009/01/27/episode-1087-exalted-feat/ Ranger]], a supporting cast member. Ultra special mention: Sarda is probably the god of crazy awesome, as shown by the [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2009/01/31/episode-1089-special-delivery/ two]] [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2009/02/03/episode-1090-not-sunny-d/ strips]] immediately after the above example:
* CrossesTheLineTwice: [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2003/11/13/episode-353-last-one-i-swear/ And doesn't even try to stop there]].
* EnsembleDarkhorse: King Steve is one of the most popular characters in the strip.
* SugarWiki/FunnyMoments: Has its [[Funny/EightBitTheater own page]].
* GeniusBonus: The [=LaGrange=] Terrace joke in [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2008/09/18/episode-1039-luxury-accommodations/ this strip]]. [[spoiler:For those unfamiliar, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lagrangian_point Lagrangian points]] are the five locations in space where a small object can be in stationary orbit relative to two larger celestial bodies (such as a planet and its sun).]]
* GodModeSue: Sarda, though its PlayedForLaughs, and [[TheyPlottedAPerfectlyGoodWaste it works]].
* SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments: Has its [[Heartwarming/EightBitTheater own page]].
* HilariousInHindsight: The vampire from the game is replaced with an EmoTeen who says no one understands him. This was years before the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' craze, although caricatures of AnneRice's work did often make them look like this.
** OlderThanTheyThink: Vilbert's a stereotype of ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' LARP enthusiasts.
** ObviouslyEvil [[SharpDressedMan Sharp-Dressed]] [[TechnologyMarchesOn (considering the graphics)]] [[CoolOldGuy Cool Old]] MagnificentBastard responsible for his own StartOfDarkness [[XanatosGambit manipulating the heroes]]... [[Franchise/KingdomHearts Hello, Xehanort!]]
* HoYay: Fighter and Black Mage, and [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2008/11/01/episode-1054-foursome/ foursome]].
** Also, [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2004/10/02/episode-465-all-sacked-out/ this]].
* JerkassWoobie:
** Black Mage, partly due to never being able to succeed at anything.
** [[spoiler: Sarda]].
** Thief stealing his class change from the future came back to bite him.
* MagnificentBastard: [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2009/01/06/episode-1079-verbal-flanking/ Thief managing to trick a trickster god.]]
** That comic also falls under YouJustToldMe.
** Clevinger himself for setting up plot points '''years''' in advance, such as [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2009/05/19/episode-1129-there/ this]] strip, which was set up [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2004/06/26/episode-434-wouldnt-you-like-to-know/ five years prior]].
*** Nothing, however, tops the [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2001/03/20/episode-007-kamehameha-or-something/ aptly named]] ''[[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2010/02/20/episode-1221-longest-set-up-in-webcomic-history/ "Longest Set-Up in Webcomic History"]]''.
** Thief's actually been ''called'' a magnificent bastard [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2002/10/08/episode-201-does-he-work-for-best-buyin-memory-of-jesse-james-schosek-and-nathan-larkins-we-will-miss-you/ in-universe.]]
* MemeticMutation: '''''"I am the Black Mage! I casts the spells that makes the peoples fall down!"'''''
** "I like swords."
** "SwordChucks, yo!"
* SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome: See the [[Awesome/EightBitTheater MOA page]].
* MoralEventHorizon: Black Mage finally crosses this shortly after [[spoiler: he becomes evil incarnate in the Temple of Fiends.]]
** Before that there was his plan to either [[ButLiquorIsQuicker get White Mage drunk and then rape her]], or - if the thing he bought was paint thinner rather than liquor (not that he cared) - [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2007/07/24/episode-874-silence-implies-consent/ make her drink it anyway and then rape her corpse]]. [[EvenEvilHasStandards Thief and Red Mage treated this as his MEH in-universe]].
--->'''Thief''': You know she could die if she drinks this.
--->'''Black Mage''': The way I see it, the body takes a while to cool. So, either way, I get what I want.
--->'''Red Mage''': That... may be the worst thing you've ever said.
** Red Mage's infamous chocobo experiments were his crossing of the MEH. Even ''Black Mage'' was horrified.
*** And when the living embodiment of evil is sickened by you, you know you have done something ''seriously'' wrong. [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2006/03/23/episode-676-supernatural-selection/ See for yourself.]]
** King Steve [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2003/12/23/king-steve-theater-new-shoes/ in what may be the most disturbing clothing ever. ...EVER!]]
* NightmareFuel: '''''[[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2001/06/18/episode-044-what-the-hell-just-happened-in-survivor-8-bit-style-part-9/ DON'T LOOK AT ME!]]'''''
** [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2006/07/15/episode-720-a-lesson-is-learned-but-the-damage-is-going-to-take-forever-to-clean-up/ The implication]] that Black Mage is actually TheCorruption and is the reason the other Light Warriors act like they do.
* OlderThanYouThink: Many concepts which some believe originated in 8-Bit Theater are actually much older, and appeared because Brian Clevinger was part of Final Fantasy Fandom. For instance: the Black Mage being non-human (this came from Final Fantasy IX and there are clues to this effect as far back as Final Fantasy III), White Mage being a woman (this was a common perception among fans), and the grouping of four White Mages defeating Chaos (winning the game with this party is an old test of mettle for players).
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: The original game's version of Black Belt was despised by players as a useless class. Here he is so beloved that [[spoiler: many fans refused to accept his death.]]
* {{Squick}}: [[InterspeciesRomance Witch-dragon relationship]], "animal husbandry", most of the killings... you pick.
** One of Red Mage's plans involved him watching chocobos mate for a few hours; when asked by Black Mage why he had to watch, he replied: ''Oh, I never said I '''had''' to''.
** Also, the cultists' [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2005/03/08/episode-524-facts-concerning-the-cultists-and-their-families/ "tea parties"]] take the cake.
** The whole FaceFullOfAlienWingWong thing with that eye monster and Red Mage.
** What Black Mage does with the dead body of his doppelganger. See ScrewYourself on the main page.
* TearJerker:
** [[spoiler: The death of Black Belt.]] As seen [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2004/10/16/episode-471-first-attack/ here]].
--->'''[[spoiler: Black Belt]]:''' Life is funny. You start out with limitless potential, but time is always shaving away the possibilities. Every choice you make is the choice not to do a thousand other things. Whatís important when all is said and done is that you made a difference. Your choices and everything undone, have to mean something. Otherwise, what was the point? Iím lucky that way. My path was already there. I had only to walk it. I often thought even if '''no one''' knew of the good I had done with my life, it didnít matter. That it was done is all that counts in the end. But Then I died.
--->'''White Mage''': [[spoiler: Black Belt?]]
--->'''[[spoiler: Black Belt]]''': And I hadnít gotten to do any of it yet.
** Fighter's reaction to [[spoiler:Black Mage being killed by Lich]]:
--->'''Fighter''': [[spoiler:Black Mage? Get up and yell at me. Black Mage, '''get up'''. Please.]]
* WeirdAlEffect: Some of the things that people believe to be true about ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'' is stuff that was invented by Clevinger rather than things that were inherent in the original game, such as Fighters being dim, Black Mages being sarcastic, etc.
** The idea that White Mages are women was present long before this comic, but it was cemented here.
* TheWoobie: White Mage.
* WriterRevolt: Why Black Belt was brought back and killed off a second time.