Our illustrious hero! ... whether he wants to be or not. Cucumber is a smart kid who wants nothing more than to go to magic school and hone his spellcraft, but Destiny (in the form of his parents and the Dream Oracle) will have none of it. The Only Sane Man in a world insistent on Genre Savvy, Cucumber is nevertheless always willing to help someone in trouble — though his combat skills and attitude may need a bit of work.
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Adorably Precocious Child: He's A kid, cute as a button, and he's the most responsible person in the group after Carrot given that he has the most common sense. In particular he feels responsible for keeping his sister Almond out of danger on their adventure.
This is exaggerated to the point of being funny when we found out it apparently even extends to his eating habits. Extra character information says that he's been trying to get Almond to quit eating junk food for years, and he has so much restraint with food that he won't even eat ranch dressing with baby carrots.
Badass Bookworm: It took him awhile to show it, But Cuco is a very powerful magic user.
Big Brother Instinct: While he believes Almond can be, and would be, a better legendary hero than him, he doesn't feel comfortable letting her do it alone, mainly because of worry over how his parents would react.
Bigger Stick: Cucumber becomes much more useful in a fight after getting a new magic wand to replace his broken one.
Child Prodigy: Cuco has the same magical power rating as prodigy Peridot. His heroic quest also gets in the way of his planned entry into a prestigious magical academy for the 'gifted and/or incredibly wealthy'.
The Chosen One: He comes from a heroic lineage, making him the "legendary hero". Chosen by the Dream Oracle.
Cowardly Lion: Can be more cowardly than Carrot at times, but unlike Carrot, Cucumber rarely has to talk himself into helping people in danger.
Cute Bookworm: Cute as a button, and is looking forward to enrolling at Magic School and learning lots.
Nightmare Knight: We meet at last, Legendary Hero. I have heard many things about you. Cucumber:THE NIGHTMARE KNIGHT IS SAYING WORDS AT ME Nightmare Knight: ...and it appears that all of them were accurate.
The Unfavorite: To his father, who clearly wanted a more conventionally heroic son, and who will happily share his anecdote about "the first time Cucumber failed him miserably."
Victor Gains Loser's Powers: After he (or rather, his team) beat Splashmaster, Cucumber's wand is equipped with the Disaster Stone they obtained afterwards and grants him water spells. After some experimentation with Noisemaster's stone in the background of the comic, he confirms that he can equip any single disaster stone of his choosing to his wand.
"All we can do is wait for my big brother to come and pfffffhahahaha I can’t even finish that.”
Our illustrious hero!...'s little sister. Almond can't quite believe her nerdy brother is the supposed "Legendary Hero" when she's the one with the fighting chops, the can-do attitude, and the sheer grit to make it happen. Though she may tease Cuco like there's no tomorrow, Almond will always back him up in a fight — and sometimes run ahead of him into said fight.
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Action Girl: She's training to be a knight, and is great with a sword. She pretty much handles most if not all of the action, and she's really good at it. She wins fights constantly where other characters fail. And even orchestrates a jail break when she's captured.
Badass Adorable: Arguably all CQ characters are adorable. But for her age she certainly doesn't look like she could take on opponents many times her size.
Cherry Blossoms: Almond Blossoms in this case. They float around her on her mini print and her updated profile card.
Crutch Character: Handles essentially all of the fighting in the prologue, but then the party is scattered. She came back in time for the first boss though.
Deadpan Snarker: Almond may not be as much a straight man as Cuco but she still calls people on their ridiculousness.
Decoy Protagonist: Almond definitely is up front and center in Chapter 0 and much of the prologue, but later she disappears and Cucumber begins to take his place back as protagonist.
Flower in Her Hair/ Hair Decorations: She wears a flower decoration in her hair. It might have some meaning about her childishness, but it's probably mostly there just to look cute.
The Gadfly: Almond likes to tease a lot of the other characters and ask them Armor Piercing Questions to get a funny reaction. Especially Peridot, who wants to deny she admires Almond. Her brother Cucumber is teased by her a lot too.
Genre Savvy: Intentionally gives the final Disaster Stone to Peridot, because what's a story without a Big Bad? Fortunately for her, she's right.
Heroic Lineage: Double Subverted — yes, she's descended from the same line of legendary heroes that Cucumber is. But, she's not allowed to try out for being the legendary hero herself, because she's the little sister whose job is to be kidnapped and rescued. That said, she'll still kick anyone's butt, and has latched on to this quest, and won't let go.
Heroic Spirit: According to Gigi's commentary the apparent reason that Peridot's magic doesn't turn Almond's sword into stone is that she has enough "fighting spirit" to No Sell it.
Leeroy Jenkins: Her Plan A for every confrontation is to smash it with her sword. Even if the person she's fighting is not technically doing anything wrong. Fortunately she has Cucumber and Carrot to prevent any unnecessary fighting.
Oblivious to Love: Despite her playful teasing its not really known if Almond is aware of Peridots crush on her, then again its not really known if Peridot is aware of her crush.
Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: With Peridot, if she actually considers Peridot an enemy, seems to like teasing her more than anything else.
Talk to the Fist: "Bonks" Tomato with her sword during his boasting about why she should be scared of him.
The Unchosen One: She's better at being a hero than her brother is. But being the older brother Cucumber was chosen instead.
"Lady Baguette, a respectable knight has the humility to know when he is outmatched.”
A loyal knight — if not quite the bravest, or the most competent — who has joined Cucumber and Almond on their quest. Has a wider knowledge of the world of Dreamside than either of the two kids. Will stop at nothing to rescue his fair damsel, Princess Parfait.
Butt Monkey: He used to be this when he was a BLT member. According to Bacon's description of him on april fool's day.
Cowardly Lion: When we first meet Sir Carrot he's hiding up in a tree from a "monster" who wasn't even trying to attack him. Other times in the story when faced with a fight he notes that he'd much rather run away. He won't abandon his friends however, and will steel himself into helping when necessary.
Failure Knight: Is completely devoted to Princess Parfait who he tried to save, but was tragically stopped by the BLT trio when they joined Cordelia.
The Fettered: He's very honorable and responsible, in a way that's typical of chivalrous knights.
Frothy Mugs of Water: Since their world has 'juice for grown-ups,' his favorite is 'green grape juice for grown-ups'
Good Is Boring: Sir Carrot represents this. The highlights for him at his Knight job were "rescuing stray pets" and "massaging his King's feet". He also agreed that Cucumber should break the Disaster Stones to avert the necessity of their quest.
The sweet and nerdy princess of the Ripple Kingdom, who is eager to help Cucumber, the Legendary Hero, succeed — unfortunately, she appears to be more than a little scatterbrained. She's well-read on the history of the Disaster Masters — but can't always quite recall the important details, er, in time.
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The Beastmaster: She's able to summon a familiar named Liquus who attacks for her. She was given Liquus as a birthday gift. Nautilus says that the summoner's personality determines what familiar they summon from the "royal instrument of summoning", and that she and Liquus were meant to be friends from the start.
Genki Girl / The Pollyanna: Alternates between the two. Nautilus is very energetic, and always excited about their adventure. On a few occasions though her positivity has gotten in the way of her using basic common sense in dangerous situations and she goads the Nightmare Knight into attacking in the direction of her and Cucumber because of it.
Meganekko: She's a glasses wearing girl who uses so much positive thinking that it makes her very naive. She's still clever though, and knowledgeable about old legends, and other lands in dreamside.
Nerd Glasses: Of the round horn-rim variant. Knowledgeable of legends of the legendary hero to the point that she says "she breathes this stuff"
Rage Breaking Point: Nautilus puts up with Legato's play for most of the time, even though she's not very happy about it. But when Legato breaks her Royal Instument of Summoning, all stops are pulled and she lets Legato have it.
Reason You Suck Speech: Gives a major one to Legato after he breaks her instrument of summoning, and because he was being a creep.
Shock and Awe: Liquus uses electric attacks, on command, and is stated by Gigi to be an eel.
Supernatural Phone: Sorry, Royal Instrument of Summoning. Used to summon her familiar, Liquus.
Theme Naming: Her name, Nautilus, is a kind of seashell◊. It goes with the Ripple Kingdom's tropical beach theme.
Think Happy Thoughts: When Cucumber groans about them probably not making it in time to stop the noise blaster from destroying the Melody Kingdom, Nautilus goes on a rant about how there's nothing you can't achieve if you're positive enough!
This Is No Time for Knitting: When the heroes are on a spaceship about to crash into the sun, Nautilus distracts everyone casting her pizza summoning spell, apparently just to see what it does, much to her team-mates' frustration. Nevertheless, it turns out to be helpful.
Tsundere: Deredere by default, alternating very abruptly between "tsun" and "dere".
Jerkass: He can be kind of a jerk sometimes. Even the Nightmare Knight doesn't like him.
Motor Mouth: Once he gets going on how he's the manliest knight in caketown.
Prince Charming Wannabe: He thinks he's a babe magnet, even though most women (except Lettuce for some reason) are repulsed by him. He even carries around a bottle of "cloying cologne" and a "book of one-liners" in his inventory to up his game; it's obviously not working.
Proud Beauty: Very proud of his manly-good-looks and "luscious locks", which he expects to cause every girl to adore him. In his Q&A he goes on talking about how "hair care is a necessity for every manly man".
Lettuce: Like, I do his hair every morning. Tomato: s-SHH!! Doesn't anybody know to how to keep a secret around here!?
Straw Losers: Tomato attempts to deliberately invoke this by hanging around Lettuce and Bacon, claiming a few times that them being in the group not only makes him more confident, but seem cooler in comparison to them. Much the opposite is true in Bacon's case - at least for the "coolness" part, since his incompetence always makes him flub their group showboating.
"I’m sorry, sir! I just went for the order we introduced ourselves in! I get confused!"
The third member of the BLT Trio, much to the dismay of Lettuce and Tomato. Bacon appears to waddle through life with a vague cheeriness, implying that there's not that much going on upstairs.
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Breakout Character: Despite being a minor character and a Butt Monkey, he's gained a sizable fanbase, and has gotten more time in the comic since Chapter 2 because of it. Ironically, his popularity is probably because of all of the jokes at his expense, both in-story and by the author herself online.
Butt Monkey: He's always screwing up the BLT trio's group dynamics, is bullied by Tomato, and is always on the butt end of jokes. To the point that even the author makes fun of him via The Rant.
Delicious Distraction: He's constantly distracted by food, which is problematic when you live in a kingdom made of it. He tried to eat Princess Parfait's tea set once, which was made of sugar, but Tomato stopped him.
Genius Ditz: For all of his shortcomings he proves himself to be a surprisingly effective actor in Legato's play, despite how bad the play itself is.
Hostile Show Takeover: Took over the comic on April Fools Day '13. The new page, the banner, and character page pictures were all changed to resemble his pig-like character design. The descriptions on the character page were also changed to be from his point of view.
"Listen, you better beat up this dumb oaf, okay? S-so I can beat you up later, okay?!”
Queen Cordelia's top henchwitch, complete with pointy hat and flying broomstick. Her skill in magic far outstrips her maturity. She seems loyal to Queen Cordelia and dismissive of everyone else, and her preferred method of dealing with people is to Take Them For Granite... er, peridot.
Cute Witch: For the most part, all of Cucumber Quest's characters are cute. She's also from the crystal kingdom according to Word of God, is a magical prodigy, and has the power to turn things to peridot crystal.
Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Peridot's relationship with Cordelia. She's almost like a mother or big sister figure to Peridot and it is genuine on both sides. When Peridot returns crying after failing to stop the heroes in the Melody Kingdom, Cordelia runs over to her worried she may be hurt, shocking the Nightmare Knight who was in the middle of punishing Cordelia.
Meaningful Name: She's named after peridot stones since she comes from the Crystal Kingdom and it goes with the Crystal Kingdom's gemstone theme.
Nervous Wreck: She puts up a cool front for Almond to hide it, but really just the idea of doing something uncool (which in her case is anything non-villainous) in front of Almond causes her to get panicky and nervous. When she "messed up" and saved Almond from being burned by one of Legato's minions she ran back crying and screaming to Cordelia.
Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Despite declaring herself Almond's enemy, she has helped her as often as she's fought her. She also becomes incredibly jealous at the thought of someone else defeating her, to the point she will cheer for Almond in a fight.
You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Peridot has boxy looking light green hair that's the same shade of green as peridot gemstones.
"Lesson learned: NEVER trust a world with the ‘conquest’ built in.”
The Big Bad of the series, not much is known about this enigmatic vixen who has set up residence in Caketown Castle. She has little patience with incompetent minions, and certainly no good intentions for Dreamside...... but she does have a soft spot for Peridot.
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(Faux?) Affably Evil: Too early to tell where she falls on the spectrum at this point, but she squeals and hops up and down like a schoolgirl when Peridot brings the last Disaster Stone.
Big Bad Duumvirate / Villain Team-Up: She shares Big Bad status with the Nightmare Knight. Needing the power to conquer Dreamside she had the disaster stones gathered, and revived the Nightmare Knight. They've since joined forces.
Cats Are Mean: She's modeled after a cat, her goal is World Domination, and she cares very little about what happens to the people in dreamside to get it done.
Cat Girl: Her ears are stated to be weird on her character sheet, and she's modeled after a cat.
Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Her relationship with Peridot is almost like mother and daughter and is genuine on both sides. When Peridot returns crying after failing to stop the heroes in the Melody Kingdom, Cordelia runs over to her worried she may be hurt, shocking the Nightmare Knight who was in the middle of punishing Cordelia.
Rubber Forehead Alien: She has cat ears, unique amongst the bunny-eared popilace, and makes cryptic references to "this planet". Commander Caboodle's sudden crash landing in Chapter 1 all but directly states that she's actually an alien.
Take Over the World: After she took over Caketown's throne; there's only been one evil goal on her mind: World Domination!!
Mobile-Suit Human: Ties up the real Commander Caboodle and does this to disguise themself as him in order to trick the heroes.
Once A Chapter: So far, Cosmo's only shown up in the intermissions between chapters to help the gang get to the next Kingdom, before something goes terribly wrong.
Scary Shiny Glasses: Their glasses are always shining so that you can't see their eyes. Intended to make Cosmo mysterious, the audience wary of trusting them, and maybe even seem a bit creepy.
Self-Destruct Mechanism: They installed one on the seatrain and "accidentally" activated it with the computer's voice commands.
Spanner in the Works: Cosmo has been using the main character's modes of travel to test experiments, ruining their days both times so far. Fortunately, on the 3rd attempt, Cosmo is the subject of an Inconvenient Summons.
Tastes Like Friendship: Offers a snack tray of food to the main characters the second time they meet, but ultimately it's subverted when they become suspicious of why Cosmo is there.
Wham Line: While disguised as Commander Caboodle and giving the heroes a ride, he reveals himself by saying, "This is the least I can do for a fellow ally of justice! or a test subject.
The Nightmare Knight
"Make an attempt to be serious."
A dark and powerful malevolent entity, revived by Cordelia. Can only be defeated by the Legendary Hero. He is willing to assist Cordelia in her plans, but makes it clear that he is not just another one of her minions, and is only working for her because of a common motive... or, perhaps, an ulterior motive.
Gigi Digi: cq fact- the nightmare knight is left-handed, by the way. because, y'know, left-handed people are totally evil
Bad Liar: Parfait says that Nightmare Knight's a bad liar when he makes a poor excuse for saving her from Tomato the last time they met. He claims he did it because her screaming annoyed him.
Big Bad Duumvirate/ Villain Team-Up: He cast destruction and ruin across Dreamside thousands of years ago, and is ready to do it again. He's since teamed up with Queen Cordelia after she released him with the disaster stones, and shares Big Bad status with her.
Big Entrance: Makes them pretty often. It helps that he's well big, and that along with his size his magic sparkles portray him as majestic and ominous, which plays up the drama during unexpected entrances. Notable times this has happened are when Cordelia summoned him, and his appearances in chapter 2, and it's interlude.
Big "WHAT?!": Variant. He responds with "MY WHAT!?" when Princess Parfait asks him about his childhood.
Black Knight: Seeing as how he's the big boss of the Disaster masters, and master of evil and all. He's the most dangerous foe the heroes will have to face. He's Clad in all black armor, and his motives are shrouded in mystery.
Can't Take Criticism: He's pretty quick to threaten to destroy people who criticise him. He almost strikes Cordelia with a fireball for doing this; until Peridot bursts in bawling, and breaks the tension of the moment.
Gentle Giant: He's notoriously feared for causing destruction upon Dreamside thousands of years ago, and his default expression is an angry or bored glare... however, he's done some good deeds to protect innocent people on multiple occasions. He's also incredibly gentle to the tiny bunny people around him, almost never carrying them by their clothes (with the exception of Tomato when he was being a jerk), and he rarely resorts to using force to solve his problems, preferring to talk or incite fear in people instead.
Hidden Agenda Villain: It's impossible to tell what his true goals are at this point. But when he had the opportunity to stop Cucumber from completing his quest at all, he instead broke the wall that was stopping him from stopping Noisemaster. Queen Cordelia eventually notices how suspicious it is that the tremendously powerful Nightmare Knight keeps losing and greatly annoys him by asking Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?
Hidden Heart of Gold: He saved Princess Parfait from being bullied, and secretly saved the city of Trebleopolis from certain destruction by protecting it with a magic barrier. When Parfait points out the former case to him he makes an excuse saying she annoyed him to maintain his evil reputation. It's also worth noting the way he saved Parfait is an almost identical parallel to the way Cabbage is said to have saved Bagel, which is used to portray him in a similar light.
I Was Just Passing Through: He claims that the only reason he saved Parfait from Tomato was because she was screaming too loudly. Parfait doesn't have any of it.
Parfait: For someone so evil, Sir Nightmare, you're not a very good liar. Nightmare Knight: Silence.
Large and in Charge: He is, by far, the largest character in the comic, and the boss of the Disaster Masters.
Pet the Dog: He's had few moments of these. The first time was when he saved Princess Parfait from being bullied by Tomato.
Power Glows: Nightmare Knight's magic powers usually have a purple glow with magic sparkles. Except for that time in chapter two where he used a fireball attack, and it glowed with the colors of a sunset.
Purple Is Powerful: He wears a long purple cape that leaves magic sparkles trailing behind him as he walks, and his magic powers have a purple glow.
Red Eyes, Take Warning: Nightmare Knights eyes glow closer to red when he's angry. They glow orange in chapter 2 when he's provoked by Nautilus, and they glow red when he was insulted by Cordelia. In the Chapter 2 interlude, A hologram of the Nightmare Knight is produced to communicate with the heroes. He has red eyes instead of yellow, and is shown to be significantly more ruthless than usual.
Red Filter of Doom: When Nightmare Knight is provoked and starts attacking Cordelia he emanates a red glow and the rest of the scene turns red.
Seen It All: Pretty much all of his lines and reactions have a trace of world-weariness to them. Being summoned as the ultimate evil 100 times and being defeated continually probably has something to do with that. He's pretty much seen mostly everything before.
Spikes of Villainy: The Nightmare Knight has spikes along his arms up to his shoulders, and on the side of his head to portray him as villainous.
The Stoic: The Nightmare Knight very rarely expresses emotion throughout the comic beyond a bored stare or mild annoyance. This is because he's Seen It All, and has become jaded over time. His Stoic expressions also lend him to being played as The Comically Serious.
Slave to PR: Despite doing a few good deeds as the comic has gone on he'll deny them if they're ever brought up to maintain his bad reputation.
A big one for him comes in Chapter 2, where all of Trebleopolis is saved by a starry, purple barrier...both qualities that are heavily associated with the Nightmare Knight. Gigi pretty much confirmed that he was the one who put it up through Twitter.
His face when Parfait tells him she considers him a friend. It is the first time anyone's said such a thing to him.
"ME GET PRIZE FOR SMASH BUNNYMAN BOAT!"
A giant squid and the first known Disaster Master of the Nightmare Knight. What he lacks in brains, he makes up for in brawn. Kinda.
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Breakout Character: Similar to Bacon. There's a part of the audience that really likes Splashmaster for his Butt Monkey tendencies, and his silliness. And also because, despite doing such a bad job, he was just trying so hard to do it right.
The Brute: Pretty much only good at attacking. Splashmaster pretty much has no plan, only getting his job done through brute force.
Butt Monkey: Splashmaster is the subject of many jokes by the Nightmare Knight and Noisemaster for being the least capable of the disaster masters.
Co-Dragons: Splashmaster along with the other disaster masters is one of the the Nightmare Knight's top minions. All the Disaster Masters take orders from NK. Each of the Disaster Masters are extremely powerful bosses tasked with conquering an area in Dreamside. They must all be defeated before the heroes can challenge Nightmare Knight himself. The region Splashmaster is ordered to conquer is the Ripple Kingdom.
Cool Crown: "Limbo King." At least he thinks it's cool.
Cyclops: Has one giant eye, befitting an enormous squid monster.
Dumb Muscle: Attack stat beyond maxed out, but only a 1 in Special.
Elite Mooks: Splashmaster is the first of the Nightmare Knight's elite servants the "Disaster Masters".
Giant Mook: Splashmaster is so large/tall that he's twice as tall as the wrecked flagship in his lair. He spends his time capsizing ships like these near the coast of the Ripple Kingdom. He's also about two or three heads shorter than the Nightmare Knight.
You No Take Candle: Can't speak complete sentences properly, and is a poor speller to boot.
"Check it: Me and my boy? MAD SCHEMIN’ up in here! We got a plan so ill, it’ll put you in a HOSPITAL!”
The second of the Nightmare Knight's Disaster Masters, he is a colorful and cheerful villain who likes a good party! But don't underestimate this high flyer: he kidnapped Princess Piano before anyone even knew he was there, and has been shown to take his mission a great deal more seriously than anyone — even his boss — suspects.
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Art Shift: Oh, dear lord, the colors. Colors everywhere. And how does he get his speech balloons like that?
Furthermore, when he momentarily drops the act, his colors and speech bubbles get much darker and subdued.
A subtle difference whenever he appears—the crayon-like aesthetic of the rest of the comic is changed to a flat style.
Beware the Silly Ones: He comes very, very close to winning and destroying Trebleopolis, and there's nothing the heroes can do to stop him. Someone else needs to step in...
Big Eyes Little Eyes: Noisemaster and Mutemaster are perfect examples of both variants. Noisemaster has one large eye, which makes up most of his "face" to emphasize his small stature, and make him appear cute.
Big Guy, Little Guy: The little guy to Mutemaster's big guy, Noisemaster being the size of house cat, while Mutemaster can barely fit through the doors of Rhythm ridge castle.
Co-Dragons: Noisemaster along with the other disaster masters is one of the Nightmare Knight's top minions. All of the Disaster Masters take orders from NK. Each of the Disaster Masters are extremely powerful bosses tasked with conquering an area in Dreamside. They must all be defeated before the heroes can challenge Nightmare Knight himself. The region Noisemaster is ordered to conquer is the Melody Kingdom with Mutemaster helping him.
Cyclops: He has a single large eye resembling a speaker.
Noisemaster: Heroes, man. Think they can mess around, maybe take care of some side quests, roll in here at the last second like it's all cool...This ain't new. Know something, Cucumber? You were right. I am sick of the same thing. That's why this time, there's gonna be some changes.
Driven to Suicide: Okay, so he can be resurrected later, but after he fails to destroy Trebleopolis (when his Noise Blaster harmlessly bounces off a shield he didn't know was there) he calmly concedes defeat and reverts back into a Disaster Stone.
Electronic Eye: After he tries to shock Nautilus, only to have his lightning attack reflected back at him, his eye cracks and looks like a broken TV screen, complete with a static screen.
Elite Mooks: Noisemaster is the second of the Nightmare Knight's "Disaster Masters".
Exotic Eye Designs: His eye is made up of several thin, multicolored strobes and a central dot, which act as irises and a pupil, and are capable of distorting themselves like eyelids to show emotion.
Face Death with Dignity: When he fails to destroy Trebleopolis, he calmly admits he's lost and willingly morphs himself back into a Disaster Stone, which then drops harmlessly to the floor.
Fake Weakness: Invokes this trope within minutes of meeting our heroic gang. He tells them that loud noises or shouts are Mutemaster's Achilles' Heel, when, in fact, it's his Berserk Button.
Faux Affably Evil: After Cucumber attempts to reason with him, he pretends to give what Cuco says some thought so he could get the team to lower their guard. It works, and Mutemaster immobilizes Cucumber, Carrot and Almond with his powers. Noisemaster fires a beam at Nautilus, seemingly killing her, and causes Piano to scream, fully charging the Noise Blaster as a result.
No Mouth / The Noseless: The only facial feature he has is an eye, which is where most of his facial expressions come from. Including "smiling".
Rainbow Motif: His color scheme uses every color of the rainbow. This makes sense for the Disaster Master of the music-themed Melody Kingdom, if you consider the 7 pitches of musical notes as represented by the colors of the rainbow.
Serial Escalation: Splashmaster was more or less a big monster, but Noisemaster is a lot more emotionally complex.
"Why, Concertina... you look nearly as dazzling as me."
A mysterious sorcerer who has been terrorizing the people of Organetto by abducting anyone found outdoors after nightfall - despite having apparently been defeated by a hero over a century ago.
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Bishie Sparkle: He sometimes appears in beams of light filled with dust motes, producing this effect. His banner◊ uses the more typical "shiny lights out of nowhere".
Dead Person Impersonation: Not the Count Legato of legend, but keeps up the masquerade, and doesn't appreciate his ghostly minions blabbing about it.
Disproportionate Retribution: it's a downplayed variant but still disproportionate. For humiliating Panpipe in class, Mandolin is locked in a cage that is draped with a banner reading "Ugly Boy"! Oh, the shame of it all!
Easily Forgiven: Lute and the Heroes have no real problem with Panpipe after the reveal and back story, except Nautilus. Kind of. It's hard to tell with her sometimes.
Emerging from the Shadows: He first appeared in a website banner obscured in shadow. He's kept hidden in darkness in the comic to build suspense, until his legend is explained.
Fireball Eyeballs: It's shown twice that whenever he gets very angry, either at his musical servants for being late or at Cucumber for demanding they be set free, they glow with a weird orange flame.Observant readers will notice that this only occurs in his exposed right eye, thus hinting at Panpipe wearing the real Count Legato's magical contact lens.
Gonk: Downplayed somewhat - Panpipe's glasses, braces, and pimply face make him look much more awkward than the other kids, but he's still as cute as you'd expect a little rabbit nerd in suspenders to be.
I Just Want to Be Loved: The agape variant. He wants to be loved and praised unconditionally by everyone. After Nautilus accuses him of this, Legato starts sobbing and admits it's the truth. The reason he forced everyone to participate in a play about how "magnificent" he wishes he is is he just can't get anyone to like him by being himself. He also pretended to be the same Legato from the legend to get attention, when really he's just a "pipsqueak" who stole the source of the dead Legato's magic.
It's All About Me: He's extremely vain and in love with himself. His motivation for kidnapping the heroes and forcing them to be in his play is pretty much that he's celebrating himself, and expects them to enjoy it with him. Very much played for comedy. Until The Reveal, where it's shown that his Friendless Background has made him desperate for any kind of validation, even from a captive audience.
Narcissist: As noted above in It's All About Me, he's in love with himself and extremely vain. This alternates from being played for comedy (mostly when the other characters comment on it), and being played as scary when this motivates him to do evil. Based on the reputation Count Legato seems to have, this may have been some of the original's personality at work.
Peek-a-Bangs: His hair hides one of his eyes on one side, it's part of his style to portray him as a beautiful Pretty Boy, which in this comic at least portrays him as sinister, or at least a deceptive trickster.
Poke the Poodle: As punishment for talking out of turn, Legato gives Cucumber... a non-speaking role in his play
Pretty Boy: Almond calls him one as an insult. But he doesn't take it as one. In fact he does look pretty fabulous, and when it's revealed what he looks like he's seen doing a Hair Flip to emphasize it.
Red Eyes, Take Warning: He has red eyes to accentuate his being a villain, and a danger to the Town of Organetto.
Sissy Villain: He's a Pretty Boy with long flowing hair, who wears frilly clothes, is very vain, and proud of his beauty, and kidnaps our heroes to force them to to act in a play starring a character clearly based off himself.
Bacon seems to hint atPretty Boys being mostly antagonistic in this comic, when he mentions that Legato looks like a "mean guy" he knowsnote He's probably comparing Legato to either Tomato or Cabbage considering they're both jerks with long, wavy, hair..
Unknown Rival: He's furious at Lute's son Mandolin for bullying him in school, although Mandolin himself barely recognizes Panpipe as "that nerd".
In stark contrast to his diminutive friend, this third Disaster Master (and the second of the Melody Kingdom) is a grunting, enormous creature who plods along in almost total silence on his giant hands. Not formally introduced to the party until they crash Noisemaster's lair.
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All There in the Manual: Mutemaster's powers were explained in more detail on Gigidigi's tumblr, because she didn't want to bog down the comic with exposition. His ability completely negates magic, and prevents people from moving, and it can be used to affect far away things from pretty much anywhere in the Melody Kingdom. The effect also doesn't really count as Time Stands Still since he doesn't stop time he just stops anything from moving.
Anti-Magic: Mutemaster's powers negate the effects of magic. This can be a very big problem for technology in dreamside since their world pretty much runs on wizards.
Berserk Button: Screaming, and other loud noises make him freak out, and attack the source of the noise in a fit of rage.
Beware the Quiet Ones: He seems very gentle and quiet at first, but it quickly becomes clear that he's very dangerous if you make him angry.
Big Eyes Little Eyes: Noisemaster and Mutemaster are perfect examples of both variants. Mutemaster has small eyes to emphasize how huge he is.
Big Guy, Little Guy: The big guy to Noisemaster's Little guy, being the much larger of the two, Noisemaster is the size of a house cat, while Mutemaster can barely fit through Rhythm ridge castle's doors.
Black Bead Eyes: He has two black lines for eyes, probably to give him a blank / "muted" expression, since other characters use this trope for similar reasons during Art Shift moments. Because of this, his facial expressions are also very subdued.
The Brute: In a subversion of the trope, he's not primarily focused on violence like Splashmaster was. However, due to his size, he's the more damage oriented of the Melody kingdom's Disaster masters.
Co-Dragons: Mutemaster along with the other disaster masters is one the Nightmare Knight's top minions. All of the Disaster Masters take orders from NK. Each of the Disaster Masters are extremely powerful bosses tasked with conquering an area in Dreamside. They must all be defeated before the heroes can challenge Nightmare Knight himself. The region Mutemaster is ordered to conquer is the Melody Kingdom which he helps Noisemaster with.
Cute Giant: Bigger than everyone in the party (he's only a little bit taller than Grizzlygum, a full-grown bear), but unexpectedly very cheerful, laid-back, and adorable.
Deliberately Monochrome: A visual effect of Mutemaster's "Muting powers" is to cause the colors of the comic to turn to grayscale. It even crosses over between panels, eating up the color and turning it gray, and turning the comic's word bubbles blank and white. Mutemaster himself is also this, deliberately colored gray to contrast Gigi's colorful backgrounds behind him and emphasize his theme of "quietness".
Elite Mooks: Mutemaster is the third of the Nightmare Knight's elite servants the "Disaster Masters".
Fake Weakness: Noisemaster says that Mutemaster's weakness is loud noises or being yelled at. But it turns out, that's his Berserk Button.
Glowing Eyes of Doom: Gains these when he's screamed at which causes him to go berserk, and look a lot scarier.
Intelligible Unintelligible: Despite speaking only in groans, Noisemaster doesn't seem to have any trouble understanding Mutemaster, and can even understand him well enough that they came up with a plan together to capture Princess Piano.
The Noseless: Has no nose. This might be just a recurring theme for the Disaster Masters, but it also has similar effects as his Black Bead Eyes.
Story Breaker Power: Mutemaster's muting powers according to Gigi. At least they should be, considering he can stop people from moving, and is Anti-Magic, but Mutemaster has lost to every legendary hero, while having these powers.
Gigidigi: Yes, he can do it from anywhere in the Melody Kingdom. Yes, it’s totally overpowered. Yes, he and Noisemaster probably should have successfully defeated a few legendary heroes by now. What’s up with that?
Tag Team Suicide / Graceful Loser: Once Noisemaster gives up and morphs back into a Disaster Stone, Mutemaster, with no one at his side and nothing left to fight for, closes his eyes and calmly does the same.
Top-Heavy Guy: He walks about using his muscular arms, while his legs have atrophied from lack of use. His appearance seems to be based off of breakdancers.
Turns Red: While screaming does cause him to lose balance and fall, exploiting this weakness makes him incredibly angry, and puts him into a "berserk boss mode". Gigi's Twitter suggests this is inspired by the "Wiggler" from the Mario franchise, who also uses this trope.
Weaksauce Weakness: Soon after he's introduced, we almost immediately learn his weakness is being screamed at, which causes him to lose balance and fall with a loud thud. (This turns out to be a subverted trope a couple pages later, however; see Turns Red above).
The Disaster Master of the Flower Kingdom.
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Complexity Addiction: She perceives her plan as clever, while Nightmare Knight describes it as convoluted.
Odd Name Out: All the other Disaster Masters' names are based on "corruptions" of their kingdom's theme.
"Oh la la. I wonder if the ze Kingdom will be all right."
The Princess locked in the castle, and Sir Carrot's damsel fair. Currently withstanding the occupation of her castle by Cordelia & co., and reminding the BLT Trio that a Princess is always a Princess — and that means, not to be messed with!
Befriending The Enemy: Played for comedy when Princess Parfait says “she's happy to have made a new friend” out of the Nightmare Knight. This is utterly baffling to The Nightmare Knight who is so used to everyone fearing him for being the main villain that it leads to his first Not So Stoic moment in the comic. Parfait mistakenly taking this for meaning he doesn't know what the word friendship means draws up some pictures of them having fun to try and explain to him what friendship is. Then when the Nightmare Knight says he doesn't desire her friendship he ends up doing something friendly for her anyway when he secretly takes her letter that she wanted him to deliver to Carrot.
Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: At least, to the BLT Trio. Justified, as the BLT Trio turned on their rightful king to help a usurper, and act like total jerks to Parfait.
Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Princess Parfait tries to trick Tomato by putting on an act of distress, claiming she dropped her necklace in the garden, and needs a "big strong man" to retrieve it - flattery playing on his tendency to make romantic advances toward her so that he'll leave the door unguarded. At first this doesn't work, as Tomato acts Too Dumb to Fool, but when she offers a kiss as a reward, he immediately falls for it. By contrast, her attempts to make friends with the Nightmare Knight are completely genuine, which says something about just what a big jerk Tomato is.
"We are in your debt."
Mother of Nautilus, she is initially seen when kidnapped by Splashmaster, who mistook her for her daughter.
Theme Naming: She's named after a Conch seashell. It goes with the Ripple Kingdom's tropical beach themes.
"Everyone forgets things sometimes!"
The jolly King of the Ripple Kingdom. He's kind of a goofy nerd. His interests include magic, foreign food, and ancient mythology about the Legendary Hero.
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Benevolent Mage Ruler: He's a Kind King who practices magic. Since the heroes are the ones tasked to save his Kingdom though we don't get to see him use magic much. But he does teach Cucumber a magic spell.
Dull Surprise: During scenes where his wife is upset and Piano is kidnapped he reacted with a very mild expression that's clearly concern and/or surprise, but still very subdued. Seems to be done intentionally as it makes him appear aloof, and it contrasts his wife who is a lot more expressive than he is.
The Quiet One: He rarely talks. The few times we've seen him doing so it's been comforting Queen Cymbal or asking her to relax.
Tall, Dark and Handsome: He's tall with dark hair, black and gray clothes, has the mustache some of these characters tend to have. Piano seems to have inherited her Dad's good looks.
"Mom, Dad, can you hear me? I don’t know what they’re going to do to me, and it’s COLD HERE AND MY MAKEUP’S RUINED, AND MOM’S CONCERT IS RUINED AND I WANT TO GO HOME I HATE THIS I HATE THIS I HATE THIS I HAAAAAATE THIIIIIIIS”
Don't let the demure and maidenly mien of this princess fool you — the princess of the Melody Kingdom is notorious for her terrible temper tantrums. It's said she has the fairest voice in all of Dreamside — and the worst scream, too!
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All There in the Manual: Gigi's tumblr states that the Princesses regularly hangout with each other, which explains why she reacted so much when she thought Nautilus was dead.
Cute, but Cacophonic: Princess Piano has a reputation for being very enchanting, and having the most beautiful singing voice in all of Dreamside. ... Get her hollering though, and OH BOY, she yells so loud even the Space Kingdom can hear her.
Damsel in Distress: Noisemaster and Mutemaster imprisoned her, and she's screaming in distress when we find out.
Tension-Cutting Laughter: When Piano jokes that Carrot better hurry and rescue Princess Parfait before he becomes an ex-boyfriend, she laughs heartily and ribs him with her elbow to take the edge off the sore subject matter of her joke. This didn't work. Carrot still looks a bit downcast afterward about his situation, and it being made fun of.
The princess from the Crystal Kingdom who was mentioned by Princess Piano in the comic, but has yet to be formally introduced. She's first seen in a Q&A and on Gigi's twitter and tumblr.
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Meaningful Name: She was named after ametrine gemstones to go with the precious stone theme of the Crystal Kingdom.
You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Ametrine has violet colored hair with purple and yellow splotches similar to the colors of real ametrine gemstones.
Thanks, Pal! You know I do my best.
The princess from the Cloud Kingdom. She's first seen in the chapter 2 epilogue pilotingthe sun. She's very upbeat and good at her job.
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Meaningful Name: It seems she got her name in the comic because it matches her job. Which is literally bringing sunshine to Dreamside.
Youthful Freckles: She's a kid, and she probably got them from spending all that time under the sun.
The Dream Oracle
''"Just as I thought, my magic is too... weak here! I guess!"
The graceful and mystical guardian of Dreamside, the Dream Oracle guides the Legendary Hero with a gentle yet firm touch on his way to greatness, cheering him on every step of the way.... That's what she'd like you to think. In no way is she as competent as she seems, and she turns a deaf, translucent ear to Cucumber's protests that he's not hero material, she did just give his sword away to a total stranger, and his name is not Zucchini.
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Accidental Misnaming: It's a recurring joke that she can't remember people's names. She claims it's because she's so busy, and it's used to portray her as being scatterbrained. In particular she mistakenly calls Cucumber, "Camembert" and "Zucchini", and when she talks about Noisemaster and Mutemaster she draws a blank on Mutemaster's name and calls him "The Other One".
Ancient Keeper: Her job (and by extension her servant's jobs) is to set the hero out on his journey, protect ancient items, give him the dream sword, and provide the hero with information on the ancient legends to help him. Unfortunately she's terrible at a lot of that, and would rather be watching marathons on TV.
Art Evolution: This applies to a lot of characters, but since the Dream Oracle is one of the first characters we get to see it's especially noticeable that she's been drawn a lot rounder as the comic's progressed. Compare how she looks in the prologue to how she looks in chapter 2.
Big Good: She's a counterpart to the Nightmare Knight representing the forces of good, and incidentally, she appears to be the closest thing to a "God" that dreamside has. She sealed the Nightmare Knight away thousands of years ago, and she sets Cucumber on his quest to get the dreamsword and collect the disaster stones.
Blatant Lies: She claims that she was the one who put up the purple barrier that saved Trebleopolis. This despite the fact that she's stammering nervously, hesitates before making the claim, makes a very disapproving look towards Chardonnay with her Third Eye when she says something that would prove it wrong, and one snarky footnote by Gigi all but seals the deal.
Breaking the Fourth Wall: In chapter two she interrupts the ending narration of the chapter, and teleports the heroes to a place where they can have a strategy meeting.
Disapproving Look: The Dream Oracle's hat / hair (it's a bit unclear) has an eye that's very expressive. On this page it gives this look to Chardonnay for saying something that made her look bad in front of Cucumber.
Feet of Clay: It's shown she doesn't "see all" like she claims at the beginning of the comic when a Cutaway Gag shows that she didn't use psychic powers to see that Cucumber read Cabbage's letter, she was looking at him reading the letter through the house's window. Jokes about her not being as talented as she claims are a recurring theme as the comic goes on.
God's Hands Are Tied: There may be a legitimate reason why she can't seal the Nightmare Knight away herself... or maybe she's just lazy. It doesn't mean she won't take credit for him sabotaging himself, though.
Good Is Impotent: It's pretty heavily implied (and in some cases outright stated) that The Dream Oracle is not as powerful or all knowing of a Big Good as she claims to be, and can't really do much to assist the heroes. She even begrudgingly admits in chapter 1 that she doesn't tell the heroes everything about what she can do because it would make them lose their nerve. She's probably also too embarrassed to admit it completely.
Not So Omniscient After All: Although she claims to know and see everything, it's shown in rather goofy ways that that this is probably not quite true. She at least tries to give a good reason for this though.
Stealing The Credit: The Dream Oracle takes the credit from the Nightmare Knight for putting up the purple barrier that saved Treblopolis from being blown up by the Noiseblaster. It's made very clear from her nervous tics that she's lying, and she's likely taking the opportunity to bolster her reputation. Not that Nightmare Knight would complain since he wants to maintain his reputation as the bad guy as well.
Third Eye: She has a very expressive third eye on the center of her head. It conveys her reputation for "seeing all", including the future.
"BAH! School, shmool! When's the last time you heard of a legendary hero going to school?!"
Father of Cucumber and Almond, husband to Bagel, a smooth-talker, a Palace employee, and a total jerk. Insistently Genre Savvy, to an almost scary degree...
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Cherry Blossoms: There are flower petals floating around him dramatically on the panel where he tells Cucumber that "the men of our family have been legendary heroes for generations".
Chubby Mama, Skinny Papa: Cabbage is very skinny, while Bagel is more pudgy. This is probably to contrast his wife Bagel both in appearance and personality. Since he acts like a pushy jerk to his kids, and Bagel is more cheery.
Greed: It's a Running Gag that he's quite money-obsessed. His favorite books include Get Paid, Get More Paid, and The Importance of Being Paid, and his mini print features him triumphantly holding up a wad of bills. He also pretty much lives at his work.
In the Language of Flowers, his name, Cabbage means "Profit". When this was pointed out to Gigi on twitter she was surprised and laughed about how perfect it fit. So it's really just a funny coincidence how that worked out.
Jerkface: His son is going to be a hero, whether he wants it or not.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: His tactics are questionable (he suggests CHEATING to Cucumber to pass a spelling test) but he clearly wants his children to succeed and heroically saved Bagel when they were in High School.
"I'm sure the school will let you reenroll once you're done saving the kingdom!"
Mother of Cucumber and Almond, wife to Cabbage. Encourages Cucumber to follow his dreams — as long as his dreams are becoming the Legendary Hero and giving up his dreams of magic school.
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Chubby Mama, Skinny Papa: Bagel is more pudgy while Cabbage is very skinny. This is probably to contrast her husband Cabbage both in appearance and personality. Since he acts like a pushy jerk to his kids, and Bagel is more of a loving, and cheery mother.
Housewife: Married to Cabbage, and stays home to take care of the house. She doesn't even leave to go to Caketown castle to check on Cabbage, opting to send Cucumber to do it instead.
Rescue Romance: Cabbage apparently saved her when they were in school.
"I sure do hope ya got a weapon other’n that fake sword, ‘cause I’m rarin’ to wrassle!”
A famous thief, and the fastest draw this side of Caketown! She's wily! She's mean! She's... not as tough as she seems. She obtained the only weapon that can defeat the Nightmare Knight, via the sinister means of... walking up to the Dream Oracle and asking politely.
Expressive Mask: Her mask is basically drawn as if it's part of her face so as to be less wooden than it would be if the mask had eyeholes. Her eyes are drawn over the mask and change for different facial expressions.
Goldfish Poop Gang: With her manservant Brambleby, she appeared to be becoming recurring nemeses throughout the story, before suffering Villain Decay. In her first appearance she's shown to be a prolific, if whimsical thief. By her third appearance, she's already become a walking joke.
Silent Antagonist: He never speaks, making him rather mysterious, and humorous. Prefers to talk in writing.
Talking with Signs: Has signs prepared for every conversation imaginable, all around the walls of Saturday's hideout. And those he doesn't have he writes on the spot. When working with Saturday on trips he's seen using note-cards for this, and says he also has a whiteboard, which he forgot. Very much played for comedy.
"Justice Log 5707. After his sudden crash-landing on a distant planet, the Champion of Justice makes contact with two strange alien creatures.”
An intrepid hero from space, presently visiting the planet of the "rabbit children".
"I didn't raise a bully - and I KNOW I didn't raise a bully who can't apologize."
The mayor of Organetto, a town the heroes passed through on the way to confront Noisemaster. Despite her best attempts, she's been unable to protect the citizens from Count Legato, and was eventually spirited away by him along with Cucumber and co.