Atop The Fourth Wall: Storyline Tropes
This page covers tropes found in Atop the Fourth Wall
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- Fridge Brilliance: In-universe, Linkara realizes that '90s Kid was always around whenever somebody went missing, and has been behaving strangely for months, eventually causing him to realize that '90s Kid has been either possessed or replaced by The Entity, Missingno.
- Fridge Logic: Wonders how he has a rimshot in a nearly featureless void of the realm of the King of Worms. In fact, he wonders how he's recording.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: The Entity, self-proclaimed Outer God, started as a bug in a computer game.
- Gaslighting: What Mechakara and Lord Vyce were doing to Linkara through use of the alternate reality / Silent Hill, particularly the way he found out the backstory on his Magic Gun. Thankfully, his Magic Gun helped subvert this to save her partner.
- Giggling Villain: Dr. Insano. Dr. Linksano, as well
- Go Look at the Distraction: Stated by Linkara when confronting Lord Vyce to allow Iron Liz a clean shot at him. "I'm distracting you so she can stab you!"
- The Heartless: Dolorem, the physical embodiment of the Magic Gun's vengeance against its creators. She conspired with Mechakara in the Silent Hill Dead/Alive review in order to trick the Gun's spirit into thinking Linkara was her father and give her a reason to continue existing. It did not work.
- Heel-Face Turn: Linkara manages to talk Linksano into doing one when he points out exactly why taking over the world isn't all it's cracked up to be.
- Henshin Hero: His empowered form is his hat and jacket. He even puts them on via morpher.
- With a more powerful form accessed via sonic-screwdriver-modified Zeonizer.
- Iron Liz gets her own morphed form in the Doctor Who Classics review.
- In "Mightily Murdered Power Ringers #1", Linkara actually outright morphs into the original Green Ranger to kick the comic's ass.
- A feat he repeated in The Nostalgia Critic's review of Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie.
- Heroic BSOD:
- At the end of the Justice League: Cry for Justice review he suffers a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown from Lord Vyce and barely survives by pure luck, left shell-shocked and quivering in terror.
- This continues into Care Bears #13. While he's recovered physically from the attack by Vyce, he's still a wreck emotionally, halfheartedly running his sonic screwdriver over his morpher (which Mechakara destroyed) and has no idea of how to deal with Vyce. It isn't until the end of the review that Linkara wonders why Vyce didn't kill him when he clearly had the chance. He then remembers damaging Vyce's shoulder—and from this, he realizes that Vyce's armor is his weak point. Linkara finally snaps out of it with a joyful yell of "I KNOW HOW TO BEAT HIM!"
- Happens literally after seeing that Brain Drain (and the completely missing how The Thing's character goes) was written by former Marvel editor-in-chief Tom Defalco (who should have some idea of The Thing's characterization).
- Heroic Sacrifice: Pollo during the Wrath of Khan #3 review. He gets better, but considering his death is modeled on Spock's, is anyone surprised?
- Here We Go Again: The Entity storyline ends with a scene of That Dude in the Suede performing the Missingno. glitch. Of course, this was probably just a throwaway joke and not an indication that The Entity/Missingno. will be coming back.
- Hero on Hiatus: Linkara is kidnapped by Vyce and remains missing for three-and-a-half episodes; other characters take on the reviews while Pollo searches for Linkara.
- He's Back: Dr. Insano after the Mechakara saga ended.
- Linkara at the end of Care Bears #13, after he realizes Vyce's armor is his weak point and joyfully yells, "I KNOW HOW TO BEAT HIM!"
- Hijacked by Ganon: The Gunslinger Arc. In the end, Doctor Insano comes out of nowhere piloting a new, revamped version of Neutro and both Linkara and the Gunslinger have to work together to stop him... despite the entire story so far appearing to lead up to an epic final battle.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: When Linkara is on the receiving end of a Curb-Stomp Battle from Lord Vyce, the only way he finds that harms Vyce even slightly is to use Vyce's own weapon against him.
- Homage: Lewis has stated that the show's storyline is meant to be this to superhero comics.
- In particular many of the show's villains seem to be expys or shout outs to specific supervillains or general villain archetypes.
- Furthermore some the individual storylines pay homage to some of Lewis' favourite shows.
- His Heart Is Steel - Power Rangers
- All That He Sees He Conquers - Doctor Who
- A Piece Of The World Is Missing - Pokémon
- His Blue Soul - Star Trek
- A House Divided: Linkara's team descends into this when trapped in the apartment in The Thing arc, aided by a device of the Gunslinger's that enhances hostility.
- Humiliation Conga: Vyce is impossible (or at least extremely difficult) to kill, so instead Linkara and Liz gleefully explain how they used Linksano as The Mole to lure him into a powerless position, then everyone teams up to beat him unconscious, before Linkara exiles him to a barren, deserted universe. He does eventually come back, however.
- I Shall Taunt You: he pulls this on Lord Vyce.
- Idiot Ball: Linkara discovers that the Entity takes its victims when they're alone. So what does he do? He sends Pollo to the living room to add protective measures to the house. ALONE.
- Immune to Bullets: The Shades seem immune/resistant to non-magic weapons; they take an entire clip of Harvey Finevoice's tommy gun unfazed, but go down rather quick to magic blades and the Magic Gun.
- Subverted when Angry Joe and his Army have little difficulty blasting them to bits.
- Inexplicably Awesome: He has access to technology from Star Trek, Doctor Who, and Power Rangers (among other things), and how he obtained any of it was left unexplained for a long time. First Subverted in the case of his magic gun, which is revealed to be Powered by a Forsaken Child. More recently, it was revealed that he has been using a magic "Image becomes reality" spell to make his toy collection useful since threats started appearing.
- Jerkass Genie: Wish Kid's magical glove grants Linkara's wish to remove NBComics from existence, only to replace it with a (going by his reaction) far worse comic.
- Jigsaw Puzzle Plot: The various appearances of "Mechakara," a robot double of Linkara who typically shows up at the end of a review to set up part of an impending plan against him. Lewis has claimed that every appearance of Mechakara contains some kind of clue to his identity or his goal, and challenged fans to figure it out before the big final showdown.
- Killer Robot: Mechakara
- Knight of Cerebus: Mechakara. Before him, any "plot" was based on random Dr. Insano gags and Previously On parodies; ever since... well, "All that he sees, he conquers".
- Knight Templar/Well-Intentioned Extremist: Lord Vyce. He conquers universes to protect them from a strange, dark evil being that consumes entire worlds, known only as "The Entity". He does it by force and has conquered at least 16 so far.
- As we learn in the Batman: Jazz #1 review, Holokara is one of these, as he wants to fix everything wrong with the comics industry by potentially using Comicron-1 to annihilate Marvel Comics' New York headquarters.
- Legionof Doom: The various alternate versions of Doctor Insano, who contemplate teaming up and taking over reality.
- Let Me Get This Straight: At the beginning of The Thing arc, '90s Kid sums up their situation—they can't communicate with the outside world, they can't get out of the apartment, and an unknown threat is inside with them—using this.
- Look Behind You: "I'm distracting you so she can stab you."
- in an Ironic Echo, Linkara says this to Lord Vyce right before Iron Liz stabs him with Twinkle and Icingdeath.
- Loophole Abuse: Linkara has said he will not review Manga (due to dedicated Manga reviewers appearing on the That Guy with the Glasses after his introduction video), which didn't stop him from reviewing a Chinese comic.
- Looping Lines: When Linkara abandons Vyce in a barren universe, all his lines are dubbed in, presumably due to the outdoor filming conditions obscuring his voice.
- Madness Mantra: A creepy version in the sinister book he found about the Entity...an entire page is just filled with jagged writing repeating the words "I AM NEVER SHOULD" over and over again. It's...unsettling.
- The next page has "EVERYBODY IS GONE" with "GONE" repeated randomly about the page.
- The Entity itself, when confronted with the inevitable outcome of its goal: "Purpose defines existence, but existence defines purpose, but purpose defines existence, but existence defines purpose..." repeat ad-nauseam.
- Magic Is Evil: Inverted. Turns out the reason you don't see "and then the Evil Sorcerer took over the world" is because in the vast majority of cases (certain prodigies like Malachite excepted), being evil causes enough of a disconnect from your soul that you lose the capacity to use it. People who want it for immoral and destructive ends have to cut a Deal with the Devil, which usually gets them before the forces of justice do.
- Magic Versus Science: Magic is something Mechakara cannot fight against; he came to our dimension to get the power to fight magic.
- The Man Behind the Man: "Mr. T #2 (AP Comics)"'s Previously On shows Andrew Dickman being manipulated into stealing all the other title card artist's jobs by Dr. Insano.
- Man in White: Linkara's form when he uses the Zeonizer.
- Mirror Universe Dr. Insano.
- Mecha-Mooks: Vyce's Shades, much to Liz and Linkara's glee:
Linkara: They're robots!
Liz: Cool, that means they can blow up!
- Mirror Universe: Iron Liz is accidentally swapped with her mirror universe counterpart in the Star Trek #2 review. Linkara is megalomaniacal and adores Liefeld, Pollo looks like Tom Servo, alternate Liz loves Dungeons and Dragons 4th Edition, and Dr. Insano is a noble 'Champion of Science'. Apart from that everything seems much the same.
- The Missingno.: The Entity, literally
- Mood Whiplash: At the end of the Justice League: Cry for Justice #5-7 review, the final shot of Linkara lying on the floor after being beaten up by Lord Vyce leads directly into Lesley Gore's "It's My Party".
- The Backstreet Project review, Linkara reviews a comic with the rather silly idea of a boyband becoming superheroes and plays the "Weird Al" Yankovic song eBay in the credits. And then The Stinger comes, with Dr Linksano revealing that whilst Linkara has assumed he was distracted with a chemistry play set, he's created a new device that will destroy Linkara... Even if he doesn't know what it does. Then Linksano starts telling someone to back away, before he vanishes out of existence thanks to The Entity that lord Vyce was trying to stop, as the episode ends with The Entity's digitized laugh & a creepy piano piece playing.
- The Twilight Zone comic review introduces a new character, with a hilarious shot of Lewis in a clown nose and rainbow wig, standing in silent dignity. The clown then immediately becomes a victim of the Entity.
- More Than Mind Control: The October 2012 storyline, thematically linked to The Thing (1982), makes you think that one of Linkara's crew has been taken over by a Thing-like creature and they paranoiacally argue over which one it is. It turns out that none of them were taken over, and and while the creature does lower inhibitions and increase anger, all the horrible things they said about each other were at least partly genuine.
- Mundane Fantastic: Linkara fights off evil scientists and a robot version of himself, travels to alternate universes to fight villains who are trying to ward off even STRONGER enemies, has a magic gun and multiple Star Trek/Doctor Who gadgets...and it's a review show? He even states this in the Doctor Who Classics #7 review.
- Mundane Made Awesome: In the face of Lord Vyce's return, we have this exchange:
Harvey Finevoice: Well, kid, what are you gonna do?
Linkara: The only thing I can do. Review a comic book.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Linkara's reaction after learning about the Gunslinger's motivations and realizing that by destroying his pocket watch, he's made it impossible for him to safely return home.
- Neck Lift: Vyce does it to Linksano as he expresses his displeasure that Mechakara was defeated despite Linksano's augmentations.
- Never Found the Body: As of Spider-Man: Planet of the Symbiotes with the exception of Linkara everyone on the planet, including Dr. Linksano, Ninja Style Dancer, Harvey Finevoice, Pollo, 90s Kid, and Iron Liz have all disappeared thanks to the Entity.
- Never Trust a Trailer: The 2010 trailer made it seem like Ensign Munro, Dr. Linksano, and Pyramid Head would be appearing in the Mechakara conclusion. Those scenes did, however, appear in later videos, since that trailer was for the entire year.
- No Gravity for You: During the fight in the Gunslinger's home, Pollo and Sierra play tug-of-war with the Artificial Gravity controls, alternatively sending Linkara or the Gunslinger sprawling.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Vyce's Curb-Stomp Battle with Linkara is brutal.
- Oh, Crap:
- Linksano: Oh no... He's coming....HE'S COMING!
- The look on Mechakara's face when he hears Linkara coming home in the middle of his You Bastard rant.
- The Twilight Zone #9 - The Entity has taken Pollo.
- Silent Hill: Paint it Black - Now Spoony's gone.
- Silent Hill: Among the Damned - So is Marzgurl!
- Silent Hill: The Grinning Man - And so is Benzaie, Sad Panda, and about half of the French population...
- Spider Man: Planet of the Symbiotes - Angry Joe, Jew Wario, Dr. Insano...hell, pretty much everybody in the world except Linkara and '90s Kid...who turns out to be the Entity in '90s Kid's form...
- All-Star Batman and Robin #6 - Linkara goes very still when Nimue, controlling AI of the universe's most powerful warship, implies that she might be losing her mind.
- Spider-Man: Crossfire - "Your computer is dead, Champion. Tell me...are you afraid?"
- Ontological Inertia: The injuries Linkara sustained from his fight with Mechakara disappeared when he used the Morpher to power up. The injuries returned when he powered down.
- Oo C Is Serious Business: How do you know things are really, REALLY wrong in the Silent Hill Dead/Alive storyline? The Ninja-Style Dancer speaks. Though it turns out to be a hallucination induced by the bad guys.
- Papa Wolf: Don't say anything bad about Iron Liz to Linkara's face: "That woman stands alongside me and fights for this universe with as much bravery and courage as any champion. You're in MY house, Vyce, and you WILL show her respect!"
- Paranoia Fuel: The Entity. From what we know about it so far it seems like the Lovecraftian love child of the Silence and the Slender Man and it is ALWAYS watching Linkara. And it can make people disappear from the world with ease and it's not clear WHAT it's doing to them.
- The Stinger for the The Thing from Another World #1 review has Linkara, Harvey Finevoice, 90's Kid, and Linksano trapped in Linkara's home, with no access to NIMUE or Comicron-1, and - oh yes - there's an unknown intruder in the house.
- Powered by a Forsaken Child: The story at the beginning of each Silent Hill Dead/Alive video, about a girl who was only born so her parents could power a superweapon by torturing her. Which turns out to be the Magic Gun!
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: When the Great Wizard Aplos (also known as Steven) tells Linkara " You. Are. Turning. Evil!"
- Punctuated Pounding: And again against Mechakara in the Power Rangers Zeo #1 review:
- Rant Inducing Slight:
- Used in the MMPR review. Mechakara has been exasperated by Linkara for the past eight months through plans being inadvertently interrupted or getting the wrong results, yet he has remained relatively calm... but it is Linkara's voice that finally gets him to start yelling.
"Be quiet, you ugly bag of meat! Every time your fat maw opens, it sounds like a cat is dying!! How anyone can stand to listen to your lisping, SHRIEKING wails is beyond my comprehension!!"
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Mechakara, while pretending to be Lewis, gives one to the entire fanbase at the end of the Ultimates 3 #5 review.
- In the Catwoman: Guardian of Gotham #2 review, Aplos the wizard gives a well deserved one to Linkara to explain why Linkara's poor past behavior led him to lose his magic.
- NIMUE delivers an epic one to Vyce, who had spent the previous few months slowly driving her insane. She sounds extremely satisfied as she verbally beats him to a pulp, before seemingly deleting him.
- Red Herring: He clearly wanted the viewers to think The Entity was some Lovecraftian monster. Not only did most of the clues sound Lovecraftian in nature, they were sandwiched in between the 2010-2011 Silent Hill reviews, which he claimed had more in common with Lovecraft than Silent Hill. Though the Entity does refer to itself as an Outer God, a term from the Cthulhu Mythos, so there seems to have been a little truth in with the misdirection.
- When Pollo's new body is taken over, Linkara, and the viewer assumes that it's Mechakara's doing since an electric charge came from his hand. Turns out that it was actually Lord Vyce. Note that it was never stated that it was Mechakara, Linkara just assumed that.
- When NIMUE starts behaving in an insane manner it's set up to make us think that another eldritch abomination named the King of Worms has appeared and has taken NIMUE over. Turns out that it actually was Vyce who was taking NIMUE over and that if the King of Worms is around then it's actually taken over the cybermats.
- Reed Richards Is Useless: Linkara has created the most sophisticated AI ever, with countless implications for nearly every field of science, yet he only uses it to maintain his video review show while he's busy saving the world.
- Replacement Goldfish: Linkara turns out to be one for Harvey Finevoice's dead son, Charlie.
- Revive Kills Zombie: Utilized against Black Lantern Spoony in the Blackest Night clip.
- Robot Me: Mechakara.
- Robotic Psychopath: Mechakara.
- Rule of Cool: The entire storyline. He's an Internet comic reviewer - who is also apparently the "champion" of his planet, using gadgets from Star Trek, Doctor Who, and Power Rangers alongside his troupe of lookalikes to fight mad scientists, evil robots and aliens, including an evil entity that is actually the living persona of one of the most infamous video game glitches ever.. One commenter said it best: "You sir are a god among nerds."
- Sequel Episode: The 300th episode is one towards the Star Trek #2 review, as Linkara fights against Mirrokara over the events from the last time he appeared. Both episodes don't really advance their current story arcs (with the exception of the creation of Nimue).
- Sequel Hook:
- After Mechakara's defeat, all questions about his identity and goals are answered... but who sabotaged the Continuity Alarm?
- The stinger at the end of Secret Origins Month:
Linkara: What, you wanted to hear about my secret origins? *smiles* Maybe some other time.
- She Had A Name:
Lord Vyce: It was just a computer.
- Shooting Superman: "Why, why why do I always try to punch robots, it never works." Linkara after his attempt at using the "I AM A MAN" punch on Mechakara even though he knew he was metal. This was after the first failed attempt when he tried it on Neutro.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: He gets quite a fine one in the conclusion of the Vyce arc. After his defeat, Well-Intentioned Extremist Lord Vyce warns Linkara that his victory leaves the multiverse vulnerable to 'the Entity.' Linkara calmly points out that he doesn't buy Vyce's claim to being the hero: "I don't know many good guys who conquer entire multiverses. Or many who call themselves 'Lord' either."
- YOU! TALK! TOO! MUCH! DURING! A! FIGHT SCENE!
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: The Linkara/Dr. Insano relationship sometimes takes on shades of this. He has never really been threatening in the same way as Mechakara. Dr. Linksano is pretty much a parody of this trope, as well as Unknown Rival.
- Soap Wheel: Major plots tend to have started up, or at least have heavy foreshadowing, well before the previous plot has finished.
- Space Whale Aesop: At the very end of the Lord Vyce Arc finale:
''And the moral of the story is... "Don't make fun of insane weirdos who track U.F.O.s with empty boxes and divining rods because they may end up on a superfluous and pointless alien ship." (Beat
) ... Wait, what?
- Super Mode: Zeo Linkara.
- Take a Third Option: Linkara eventually decides to name the ship something that wasn't part of the pool.
- Take That: The Gunslinger's world being a dystopian, 1984-style government was the result of one of many legislation. While this could be any old legislation, his wording of how the initial legistration was "supposed to protect the rights of the artists" makes it pretty clear he's talking about SOPA. It doesn't help that soon after this, it cuts to a woman telling about how pirates used to get away with crimes on the internet.
- Talking the Monster to Death: His eventual method for defeating the Entity is to point out that its plan doesn't include what would happen if it ever succeeded and to convince it to explore death instead.
- Tempting Fate: After yet another mysterious adversary from another world challenges Linkara and is forced to flee, our hero makes a brief Badass Boast culminating in the fact that there is nothing that can stop him now. Immediately afterward, there's a flash of light, and the Magic Gun stops working. "What did I do?! What did I do?!"
- Holo!Kara makes the same declaration at the end of the Answer to a Riddle review. Naturally, the real Linkara picks that moment to arrive.
- This Means War!: At the end of his Street Fighter #1 review he finds a message in the book stating "I SEE YOU LINKARA". His response?
Oh, it is on now!
- Time Dissonance: Lampshaded.
- Timey-Wimey Ball: A rip in hypertime allows Linkara to go off to fix things by reviewing Warrior #4, then return to the exact same time he left and keep doing reviews (this was actually done due to the unpredictability of when the Warrior review would be put up).
- Tomato Surprise: The Ultimates 3 review.
- Tome of Eldritch Lore: The Absent Grimoire, a book detailing scraps of info about the Entity and its cousins
- Took a Level in Badass: Pollo against Linksano in JLA: Act of God Part 3.
- Trailers Always Spoil: Both trailers for the 2009 and 2010 do show some details that should not be there...
- Transformation Sequence: In an emergency (such as the showdown with Big Bad Mechakara) Linkara can use his Power Rangers morpher to transform into an Internet Reviewer.
- Compared with simply going to the closet and putting on his hat and coat, this method comes with enhanced strength and a laser pistol.
- Later this form got a much more Power Rangers-esque outfit and a strength upgrade.
- Later still he gets a brief one when he morphs into the Green Ranger.
- True Companions: While it was vaguely hinted at beforehand, the "Linkara Lost" arc showed just how tight-knit Linkara and his allies are.
- Understatement: At the very start of Linkara's review of Pokemon: The Electric Tale of Pikachu.
"Missingno.]'s a legend in game glitches and in particular Pokemon history...and apparently in some parallel universe, it spawned off into some kind of outer god that intends to consume and absorb all reality in every dimension. And it's also standing outside my door. Yeah, it's been a bit of a day."
- Vichy Earth: What Lord Vyce intends to do with our universe.
- Villains Never Lie: Subverted. Mechakara very much is lying when he implies that Linkara is the father of the soul that powers his gun.
- Played straight with Lord Vyce.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Linkara and Pollo snark at each other a lot, and Pollo is far from above manipulating Linkara to get stuff he wants, but any time either is in danger, the other will do everything in his power to protect and help.
- Wham Episode: Justice League: Cry for Justice #5-7: Lord Vyce arrives and reveals that he's actually conquering the universes to protect them from an Eldritch Abomination called "The Entity", and gives Linkara a brutal beatdown, being impervious to ALL of his attacks and killing Pyramid Head. Linkara barely survives by sheer luck and is left bloody, broken and shell-shocked.
- Planet of the Symbiotes: The entire population of the world has vanished, leaving Linkara on an empty planet alone with the nightmarish Entity...who Linkara finally identifies as Missingno.
- Rock 'n Roll Comics #31: Holokara shows his true colors... by literally grabbing 90's Kid's heart.
- Wham Line:
Linkara: Okay, Mechakara. Surrender and you won't get hurt.
Lord Vyce: That... is not my name.
- From Catwoman: Guardian of Gotham #1:
Wizard Steven: You. Are. Turning. Evil.
- From Archie Giant Series Magazine #452
Pollo: He is not our enemy!
NIMUE: Self diagnostic, canceled.
- From "Battlestar Galactica: Journey's End #1":
NIMUE: Are you afraid of me? (after Linkara replies "no") ...you should be.
NIMUE: I'm going to kill you.
- A Huge one from Spider-Man: Crossfire:
Vyce: Your computer is dead champion. Tell me, are you afraid?
- From Sonic Super Special #7:
Dr. Linksano: I hear and obey.
- From The Trial of Peter Parker, in the hideout of Lord Vyce.
90's Kid: Patience, dude.
- Wham Shot: While the King of Worms is probing through Linkara's soul, he sees flashes of Linkara's previous encounters with villains. However, these flashes soon settle on a shot of the Plot Hole, which then transitions to Lewis in his apartment, filming a scene. Then he starts laughing...
- What Happened to the Mouse?: At the beginning of the Cool World review with MarzGurl, Linkara says he needs help to fight Dr. Insano. It's never brought up again, nor does it fit in continuity with the Wolverine: Adamantium Rage and Warrior reviews from around the same time. Of course, Insano doesn't have a continuity as such.
- After the Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan review, Iron Liz stops appearing on the show. The real life reason is that Linkara and Liz are no longer in a relationship, but there's no in-story explanation given.
- However, when he was asked about it on Twitter in February 2013, he answered, "What makes you think I've forgotten about it?", implying that it will return. She eventually makes a brief cameo in the 300th episode, where it's revealed she's been out searching for Judas Liz.
- What the Hell, Hero?: In Future Shock #1, Harvey Finevoice expresses his outrage at Holokara for squeezing '90s Kid's heart in the preceding episode, even going so far as to shoot him... though to no avail.
- The Magic Gun to Linkara, when she feels he's too prideful and self-centered and at risk of a Face-Heel Turn. Since she can't talk, all she can do is stop firing when he pulls the trigger. Thankfully Steven the Wizard came along to help translate this.
- Pollo delivers one to Jaeris, as the latter is drowning his sorrows, not only calling him out for attacking Linkara for the Magic Gun instead of offering any kind of explanation, then blaming solely Linkara for his current predicament, ignoring how he refused to ever explain his actions to that point, then comparing him to other villains who used the 'I'm doing what must be done' excuse.
- White Magic: Apparently all human magic is inherently benevolent since it comes straight from the human soul. Human souls are good even if the minds aren't, so any attempts to use magic for evil fail. Black Magic — curses, hexes, evil artifacts, etc. — are only possible through bargains with otherworldly forces that always have a price. This is one of the reasons Linkara — whose pride has gotten worse and worse — is unable to use his magic anymore. Malachite was an exception since he's so old that he predates the rules that govern magic in the present so they don't apply to him.
- Worf Had the Flu: After the initial Curb-Stomp Battle, it seems fairly simple for Linkara to outmaneuver and defeat Vyce in their rematch. However, Linkara mentioned this was possible because he figured out Vyce's Bizarre Alien Biology was incompatible with our universe and as such he would be greatly weakened fighting in person there. Combine this with taking advantage of Vyce's pride, and he was able to rob Vyce's protective suit of most of its power and overcome him.
- Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: Turns out, those wonderful toys are just that: toys.
- The World Is Always Doomed/As Long as There Is Evil: The following exchange between Linkara and Margaret.
Margaret: "There are rules to magic and the forces you're playing with, and you're going to need to learn those rules for some of the things coming."
Linkara: "Oh what, like some new evil on the horizon that I have to deal with?"
: "There is always a new evil, but fortunately there's also a new hope