Absorbing his Evil Twin (because the only thing the Castle of Ordeals had that could represent Black Mage's inner darkness is Black Mage) and then using its power to feed his ego (and coincidentally do a lot of damage).
Using said evil to re-kill the Fiends, absorb their evil, and create black tendrils
They're actually working together for once. They're going toe-to-toe with Sarda and they're going down swinging. Considering the power discrepancy, that's impressive. If they failed, their last words would have been a "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner, rather than pleading for their lives. And as Sarda later notes, this would have actually killed him if he didn't absorb the power of the orbs.
Without even really trying, Black Mage once again screws over Sarda aka the former Onion Kid. How? Black Mage's sheer eviloverloadsSarda and turns him into a portal for Chaos. It's awesome in a very scary way.
Waaaaay back: vicious mutated sea monsters are targeting Bikke's ship in the middle of the ocean. Black Mage gets fed up with the situation, resulting in this.
Using Exit on White Mage to get her away from Black Mage, and trying to stop him after his defeated both Fighter, and Thief, and as a result, being the only one standing up to BM. And with the balls-of-cold-steel to insist he's able to do so. Considering he's a mime, he may very well be right.
BM: Don't tell me, you think you can fight back, right?
RM: Yeah, I do.
White Mage went on to build a new team and defeat Chaos, making Red Mage indirectly responsible for saving the world.
Foreshadowing Sarda's Phlebotinum Overload when he claims that Sarda channeling his own magic, the four elemental orbs, AND Black Mage's evil power couldn't possibly exist. In this one case, Red Mage was smarter than Sarda.
Credit should be given to the fact that RM found a (cartoon) logical way to actually leave the universe just to be out of the range of Sarda's omnscience.
The following setup: Red Mage looks into datasphere. Black Mage looks into datasphere. Black Mage is confronted by his avatar dark god and claims the datasphere was empty. Cut to Red Mage's a-hole, where he reveals; "I absorbed the contents of the datasphere. I know how to destroy everything that will exist. That includes Sarda.
It doesn't happen often, but when Fighter does grasp the situation, he turns into the moral compass - and an intimidating one at that. He forces his evil teammates to back down here,here, and here.. He has the Reality Warper and the Magnificent Bastard all but voiding themselves at the prospect of fighting him, and he does it with nothing but words.
He won at Drownball. By default, as he was the only one who survived the drowning, but still. He won at a sport where the whole point is to die, by living.
"Okay, you know you can't actually stop me?" "I'll try."
Since the Light Warriors' advanced classes presented a threat (however meager) to him, he took the logical step of removing those classes. (Except Thief - turned out somebody mysteriously stole his advanced class from him.)
Garland is usually a ridiculoussoftie of a villain. Eventually, his band of evil adventurers decide to mutiny against him. At a meeting that Garland himself caters. After the minions eat his special tacos, Garland proceeds to list the reasons why the mutiny will fail and reveals that the tacos were stuffed with Amnesia Peppers. Not bad for a guy who was once bullied by the princess he had kidnapped.
Bikke has been consistently portrayed as the dumbest of the Dark Warriors. But he and the other Dark Warriors manage to capture the Elemental Orbs, which would allow them to take over the world. However, Sarda confronts them, and asks them if they even know how to use them. After a beat panel, Bikke throws his into nigh-omnipotent Sarda's face. Considering Sarda has stopped arrows firing from bows at point blank range mid flight, we may have stumbled into Sarda's weakness. Or just Rule of Funny. Either way.
Though because Sarda is also spiteful, nigh-omnipotent, and incredibly creative in the ways he screws people, telling Bikke "You get to live" might not work out as well as you'd like to think.
This is "Episode #1129: THERE" (published in mid-May 2009), and this is "Episode #434: Wouldn't You Like to Know?" (published in late June of 2004). The fact that he planned out a strip five years in advance is either insane or awesome...probably a little of both.
The fact that he planned out the Onion Kid's rise as Sarda, which is caused by the entirety of the subsequent comic over nearly a decade's time.Holy shit. Brian Clevinger, you Magnificent Bastard.
The latter strip also doubles as White Mage's ultimate Crowning Moment of Awesome.
Actually, the early dates are inaccurate because the comics were not organized by date prior to November 2003; 8BT really started in January 2001. All this does is make the longest Brick Joke ever more impressive by a scant few months.