Tropes relating to the cast of Cucumber Quest
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"Aren't you being a little dramatic?"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.
Provides examples of:
- 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.
- Blood Knight: Very eager to fight.
- Bullying a Dragon: When she learns Mutemaster's "weakness" is sudden noises, she screams in his face and topples him over. Unfortunately for her, this turns out to be his Berserk Button rather than a way to defeat him, and the normally placid creature becomes enraged.
- Calling Your Attacks: Evil-Vanquishing Almond Slicer!
- 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. She gets more and more elaborate ones when she's picked to be a semifinalist in the contest to find a fitting Princess R
- 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.
- She later starts to regret it in the Flower Kingdom, because Cucumber was nearly killed.
- Glass Cannon: 5-star Attack, but only 2 Defense.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Which helps underscore the fact that it's her, and not Cucumber, who seems ideally suited to being a legendary hero. As both of them point out, to no avail.
- 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.
- I Know Mortal Kombat: In one of the Questions and Answers, she claims that Television is the reason for her excellent swordplay. In a later one, she admits to having taken "actual" lessons, but her style is still directly inspired by 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.
- 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.
- Wistful Amnesia: After Peridot is removed from her memories, she gets confused, vaguely remembering that she was talking to someone.
"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.
Provides examples of:
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: When the Nightmare Knight seems about to kill Cucumber and Almond, Carrot resorts to this. It works.
- Blade on a Stick: Carries a carrot-tipped pike.
- Brief Accent Imitation: He attempts a stereotypical French accent when playing Madame Tambourine, likely based off Princess Parfait's own, and is mortified to think she might ever find out.
- British Accents: It's clearly present in the comic. Gigi even said that she planned to use the British spellings of words (colour, centre) in his dialogue, but scrapped the idea because it might have confused some readers.
- 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.
- Men Don't Cry: Averted, to the point where the Nightmare Knight says that tears are his only weapon. Might also be Cry Cute, depending on who you ask.
- My Greatest Failure: He couldn't stop Cordelia and the BLT trio, and had to escape.
- Sanity Ball: Sometimes he picks it up and takes the more rational route. When Splashmaster is terrorizing the Ripple Kingdom and their only way to get there is via Gizmo's contraption, Almond jumps at the chance, Cucumber refuses, but Carrot mediates, saying that as suspicious as it is, there's no other way to get where they need to go.
- He's not void of reasoning, but his cowardice often gets the best of him, hench why he's not quite the Only Sane Man.
- Save the Princess: He joins Cucumber and Almond on their quest so that he can save Princess Parfait and find the Dream sword.
- The So-Called Coward: Prefers the nonviolent option, but he does stand up to Splashmaster to rescue Almond when he hears she's been captured. He loses and is captured too, but hey at least he tried!
- Token Adult: He's the only adult in the group. Confirmed to be a young adult by Gigi on tumblr.
- Wholesome Cross Dresser: Looks pretty good once being Dragged into Drag by Count Legato.
- Wistful Amnesia: He gets scared away by Peridot. After she is disappeared, he wonders what he was hiding from.
"No negative talk, Cucumber."
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.
- Beware the Nice Ones: While she is normally sweet, and thinks everyone should think positive, you don't want to make her mad.
- Blind Without 'Em: The result when Legato takes her glasses off. She wanders around aimlessly because she can't see.
- Comical Overreacting: A lot of her funniest moments are because of this. Some of them even border on Cute But Psycho, as people are seen recoiling from her in fear.
- Cooking Duel: Variant: Challenges Splashmaster to a Limbo Duel, for wearing the stolen limbo crown, and having the gall to look cuter than her in it.
- Cute But Psycho: A more benign version of the trope, she can get pretty scary at times when she's upset.
- The Cutie: She was pretty much raised like that.
- Damsel in Distress: Her first appearance features her menaced by a pack of tough-talking crabs that are about 1/5th her size. And she's clearly distressed.
- Played more seriously in Chapter 3 where she's actually been kidnapped, a fate which she previously managed to escape in Chapter 1.
- Dissonant Serenity: At one point, when everyone else is anxious due to their impending demise, she herself has a calm and rather creepy smile on her face.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: Wears extravagant, sparkly clothes, and is entrusted with knowledge of Dreamside's legends, to help Cucumber because she's royalty.
- Embarrassing Nickname: One gets the impression that Cuco isn't the first person to suggest shortening her name to "Nautie".
- Exotic Eye Designs: The "shine" in her eye that most characters have takes the shape of a star. She's got stars in her eyes.
- 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.
- Insistent Terminology:
Nautilus: It's not a cell phone, Cucumber. It's a Royal Instrument of Summoning that's been passed down through my family for generations.
- Ironic Fear: She's afraid to try swimming at one point, even though she lives in a island/kingdom surrounded by beaches, and lakes.
- Jumped at the Call: She was eager to join the heroes and help them on their quest.
- Large Ham: Mostly when her duties as a princess or limbo are involved.
- Mr. Exposition: Positively thrilled to be able to fulfill her role as this. Unfortunately, she's terrible at 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"
- Nice Girl: Friendly, kind and positive to everyone she meets, even her enemies, though she'll get stern if she needs to. She was willing to go along with Legato's play until he gave her a reason to be angry, she gushed over Rosemaster's elegance and immediately apologized when she retroactively misgendered her.
- 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.
- "Silly Me" Gesture: When she remembers a minor detail she should have mentioned earlier.
Nautilus: Oh gosh, I'm such a silly! I can't believe I forgot that the Melody Kingdom has two Disaster Masters!
Cucumber: You forgot WHAT!?
- Stone Wall: As the stat sheet would have it.
- Summon Magic: Her high special stats seem to come from being able to summon familiars.
- Super Drowning Skills: Despite, you know...living on an island...
- 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".
- Un-Person: She goes missing when Cucumber's group is attending Mr. R's fashion event on Chapter 3. And by missing we mean that she's also gone from the site's banner and character page, with Gigi even acting like she never existed. We've yet to see what caused this and if the heroes will even realize it happened.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Nautilus has sky blue hair.
"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.
Provides examples of:
- (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.
- Evil Laugh: See page 3.
- Fangs Are Evil: It's paired off with her cat-like traits for evil-ness.
- Frothy Mugs of Water: Her updated official bio calls her drink "juice for grown-ups", parodying this kind of Bowdlerisation in actual games and cartoons.
- Fur and Loathing: Her dress has a large fur fringe along the top edge.
- Nonstandard Character Design: Cat ears.
- Parental Substitute: To Peridot.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Her outfit is black with red fur fringe, and her goal is World Domination!
- 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!!
- Vague Age: The stat sheet calls attention to it.
- Villainous Friendship: She's always been shown to get along well with Peridot, especially in bonus material. In fact, she can be outright motherly to the witch.
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Cordelia points out to the Nightmare Knight that he could end everything right now by just destroying the legendary hero himself. This doesn't work out well for her as this just enrages Nightmare Knight who doesn't like being told how to do his job, but she's ultimately spared.
- Wine Is Classy: Is typically clutching a glass of red wine — er, "juice for grown-ups."
"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.
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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
Provides examples of:
- Anti-Villain: He's the Designated Villain of Dreamside, but aside from intimidating the heroes from time to time, he's barely antagonistic. He even saves Trebleopolis from Noisemaster and has tried to make peace, but has been through the same cycle too many times to have real hope for change.
- A Sinister Clue: Gigi confirmed this trope is in play when she said he is left handed on her twitter.
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.
- Badass Cape: The author has clarified that the smoke that obscures his lower body is actually a magical cape.
- 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.
- Broken Pedestal: To the Disaster Masters, who are beginning to suspect and eventually confirm that he has been deliberately undermining their attempts to destroy or Take Over the World.
- 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.
- The Comically Serious: In spite of being Surrounded by Idiots, His Evil Darkness never fails to stay completely straight-faced. His deadpan reactions to other character can be especially funny.
- The Ditherer: He actually wants no part in the Vicious Cycle he has been stuck in. But he only makes token efforts to break out of it, and more or less seems resigned to his fate.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Does not approve of Tomato's petty bullying.
- Everything's Better with Sparkles: Lampshaded by Bacon on April Fool's day.
Bacon: How does he get anything done with all those sparkles everywhere? I bet they get all over his hands, and in his eyes and stuff.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: The Nightmare Knight warns Cordelia that he is not one of her subjects, and advises her to watch her tone.
- Evil Wears Black: Clad in all black armor, and is the greatest, and most dangerous enemy of Dreamside. Cucumber is destined to confront him.
- Eye Take: The Nightmare Knight's eyes go wide with surprise when Princess Parfait calls him "her friend".
- Flat "What.": When Parfait calls him a "friend" it's so surprising to him that the only thing he can reply with is "a what". The lack of punctuation notes the flatness in his tone.
- Friendless Background: Bold Inflation emphasizes to the audience that the Nightmare Knight has never made a friend before. He also says he has no desire for friendship.
- 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.
- Heel Face Door Slam: Nightmare Knight has made at least one previous attempt at making peace with a past Legendary Hero, but said Legendary Hero didn't buy it. When he considers a similar offer from Cucumber, Almond's words cause him to give up.
- 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? He eventually admits to Cucumber that he isn't playing his role because he wants to.
- 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.
- In Mysterious Ways: He seems to have a strong association with the word, "Miracle", and is heavily implied to have had a hand in many of the miracles that saved the heroes. It is only after Noisemaster pushes hard that he is finally forced to sabotage his own disaster masters directly.
- 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.
- Master of All: He's so powerful, his stats won't even fit in his bio. No wonder he's so feared.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Knights are powerful, nightmares are scary. And a nightmare is a bad version of a dream, as in Dreamside and its guardian, the Dream Oracle.
- Not So Stoic: When Princess Parfait says "she's made a new friend" out of him he drops his default bored expression and reacts with a Flat "What." and his eyes go wide with surprise. His reaction can be seen on this page.
- 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.
- 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.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: To bring him into the world, the Disaster Stones must be brought together.
- 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.
- Space Master: In chapter 3 he shows the ability to shatter space, creating a rift that leads into a black void.
- 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.
- Top-Heavy Guy: Gigi's sketches have confirmed that he does have legs, but they're just very small compared to the rest of him◊. They aren't seen in-comic until he becomes so flustered that he finally drifts out of his sparkle cloud cape.
- Wham Shot:
- 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.
Provides examples of:
- 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.
- Cooking Duel: Is challenged by Nautilus to a Limbo Duel to prove his right to be Limbo Royalty.
- 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.
- Giant Squid: Clearly modeled after a giant squid.
- Glass Cannon: Even more so than Almond. When Almond finally manages to hit him with a sword, he proves to be Made of Plasticine. Two-star defense indeed...
- The Noseless: Has no nose. Well he IS a squid afterall.
- 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.
Provides examples of:
- 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.
- Audience Participation Song: How he introduces himself when he crashes the birthday concert in the Melody Kingdom.
- 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.
- Broken Faceplate: After Liquus reflects his attack on Nautilus, Noisemaster's "eye" looks like a broken, staticky TV set.
- Call Back: "So, it's like that."
- 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.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Cucumber attempts to reason with him at one point, and he pretends to listen to get the team to lower their guard, even bringing in Mutemaster and showing a fake soft side. He seems to accidentally reveal Mutemaster's weakness by saying that he outright passed out once Piano started screaming. Almond takes advantage of this, screaming at Mutemaster to defeat him...but it turns out that loud noises actually trigger Mutemaster's Berserk Button, and Mutemaster immobilizes all of the good guys but Nautilus and Piano. Noisemaster then sends a laser blast in Nautilus' direction, and Piano, thinking that Nautilus was killed, screams, causing the Noise Blaster to finally reach 100%.
- Probably best summed up by this line:
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".
- Evil Laugh
- 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.
- The Gadfly: Gigi says Noisemaster mostly plays up his energetic DJ persona because he knows it gets on the Nightmare Knight's nerves. The way Noisemaster talks starting here is the way he's normally talked since was created. He drops a lot of the contractions and other Verbal Tics.
- Incoming Ham: Every time he shows up he enters with one-liner with his hip man persona.
- International Pop Song English: The way he talks. For example he says "your" as "ya", and says words ending in the "ing" sound as "in".
- Large Ham: Particularly with his International Pop Song English traits. He's pretty much putting on a humorous performance every time he shows up.
- Mini Mook: Word of God says Noisemaster is approximately the size of a cat (in response to this).
- 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.
- Shout-Out: His mannerisms are influenced by Jet Set Radio, according to Word of God.
- Stepford Smiler: He's a lot less peppy when he's not being watched, and seems to have grown secretly contemptuous of the Nightmare Knight over the years.
- Totally Radical: Lampshaded by the Nightmare Knight, who can't believe he keeps talking like that.
- The Unfought: The heroes never actually fight Noisemaster outside of that barrier Liquus made around Nautilus. When the Noise Blaster fails he just gives up and turns into a Disaster Stone on the spot.
- Useless Accessory: Has manifested a set of headphones as part of his appearance, despite presumably not having any ears.
- Verbal Tic: He's not just Noisemaster, he's YA BOY NOISEMASTER, in accordance with his "hype man" persona.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: After the BLT Trio, Splashmaster, Panpipe, and the others, Noisemaster hammers the stakes into the heroes, being both a challenge and a very serious threat to the people.
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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.
Provides examples of:
- 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.
- Nothing Is Scarier: It's impressive how scary Gigi can make something like "lack of sound".
- The Quiet One: He stays quiet for the most part, unless he's spoken to.
- The Speechless: He communicates by groaning "mmmmmm" or "hmmmmm".
- 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).
" I do hope you enjoy the drama, Mr. Knight. I've put a lot of love into it."
The Fourth Disaster Master who resides in the Flower Kingdom. She's a green beauty decorated in flower petals and thorns who keeps up to date on the latest accessories in Dreamside. Rosemaster is not to be judged by her appearance however. She's very determined and clever to a scary degree; and she won't quit until she's defeated the legendary hero.
Provides examples of:
- Benevolent Boss: Is forgiving and understanding towards her minions, having been in their position 99 times.
- Blinding Bangs: Her eyes are usually covered by that bush of red hair. When we can see them, they're red.
- Complexity Addiction: She perceives her plan as clever, while Nightmare Knight describes it as convoluted.
- Determinator: She makes it a firm point to the Nightmare Knight that despite some certain past failures she'll never give up until they've won against the legendary hero.
- Elite Mooks: She is the fourth of the Nightmare Knight's elite servants the "Disaster Masters".
- The Fashionista: She talks about accessories and changes her clothing and hairstyle during the story.
- Femme Fatale: Definitely gives off the impression of a classic femme fatale with her appearance and the way she speaks, but so far this trope is a subversion, as Word of God said that Rosemaster was completely genuine when speaking to Nightmare Knight.
- Green Thumb: She is able to control the spiky vines running through her lair and has her very own plant-themed minions
- No Sell: Isn't bothered in the slightest by Liquus's electric charge.
- Odd Name Out: All the other Disaster Masters' names are based on "corruptions" of their kingdom's theme. However, the legends called her "Thornmaster."
- Plant Person: Her entire body has a plant motif.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Her red eyes are usually hidden behind her hair. She first reveals them in the comic while giving a really fierce glare at the Nightmare Knight to show how determined she is to defeat the legendary hero.
- Spikes of Villainy: While normally they lie flat on her body there are thorns on her back and shoulders that can stand up and extend into spikes like a porcupine to protect her.
- Statuesque Stunner: Is around the same height as the Dream Oracle according to Gigi, and so towers over our heroes. And she is mesmerizingly fabulous, of course.
- Transgender: She used to go by "Thornmaster" though she never liked that name, and she's not fond of the legends continuing to refer to her by it, nor is she fond of them referring to her as a "he".
The seventh and most powerful Disaster Master, a gigantic pixellated orb that speaks in text boxes. She seems to take a much more active role than the other Disaster Masters, observing Noisemaster's attack on Trebleopolis and took note of the magic that protected the city. Seems to have a strong connection to Cosmo, and as such is possibly the Disaster Master of Space Kingdom.
Provides examples of
- AI Is A Crap Shoot: Has all the trappings of an evil AI, but isn't actually one.
- Eldritch Abomination: Unlike the other, relatively normal looking Disaster Masters, Glitchmaster is a giant orb that alters her surroundings to look more pixely.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: Has been observing the Disaster Masters and is using Cosmo for some unknown purpose.
- Just Toying with Them: She shows just how badly the heroes are outclassed and just how easily she can kill them. But instead of actually killing them outright, she leaves them in an escapable situation, allegedly for this reason.
- Knight of Cerebus: Follows after fellow Knight of Cerebus Noisemaster and almost succeeds in killing the heroes by sending them into the sun. Furthermore, she has finally figured out the reason the heroes have always been guaranteed success, and plans to work against that reason directly.
- Ominous Visual Glitch: It accompanies her wherever she goes. For instance, Rosemaster's speech bubbles become more pixellated when they talk.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: In the Chapter 2 interlude, she manifests herself in front of the heroes in the form of the Nightmare Knight. Unlike the real one, she has red eyes instead of yellow, and acts significantly more ruthless than is usual for him.
- Red Filter of Doom: Generates this when she shows just how easily she can kill the heroes.
- Secret Test: Gives one to the heroes, supposedly toying with them, but actually wanting them to pass it for an as yet unrevealed and probably sinister purpose.
- The Starscream: Has grown tired of Nightmare Knight's indecision and undermining of the Disaster Masters, and plans to get rid of him.
- Voice of the Legion: According to Gigi, her voice has an artificial sounding voice and a normal voice laid over one another, as well as background music and sounds.
"I should warn you, kid, I’m not too chivalrous to hit a girl. In the FACE. WITH A SWORD.”
Leader of the BLT Trio, who seems perpetually mad at everything in the world, and is always looking for someone to pick on. Usually Bacon.
Provides examples of:
- Berserk Button: Insinuating he has no chance with Princess Parfait seems to be one. Bacon telling him that she hated him is what finally pushes him to kick him out of the trio.
- Black Shirt: He's not a nice guy, but he and his crew probably wouldn't have caused trouble on his own.
- Evil Redhead: Has red hair, and betrayed Carrot and Princess Parfait whom he was guarding to join Cordelia when she took over.
- Frothy Mugs of Water: Since their world has "Juice For Grown Ups," his favorite drink is Malted Wheat Juice For Grown-Ups
"Like, get a grip! You’re way cooler than this, you know?”
Second-in-command (of three...) of the BLT Trio. Kind of a, like, Valley Girl
, and totally
obnoxious. Has a "thing" for Tomato.
Provides examples of:
- Black Shirt: Lettuce probably wouldn't have become a villain if Tomato hadn't joined Cordelia when she took over caketown.
- Hidden Depths: She is actually shown to be angry at Tomato for kicking Bacon off the squad and apparently knows French.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: In the second interlude, she is shown to be respectably intelligent, but lapses back into her Valley Girl persona whenever anybody notices.
- Squishy Wizard: Has 2 defense, but a high attack and specialty stat.
- Terrible Trio: With Tomato and Bacon
- Valley Girl: It's like the way she talks. She has the accent and says "like" and "oh my god" a lot. She's also clearly fashion conscious. She does Tomato's hair.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Lettuce has green curly hair resembling lettuce.
"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.
Provides examples of:
- 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.
- Large Ham: The fact that he is literally a large ham is presumably the source of Bacon's acting skills.
- Minion with an F in Evil: Not only is he a pretty lousy enforcer, even compared to Lettuce and Tomato, but he also fouls up their special introductory speeches and makes a nuisance of himself with his dopey, gluttonous ways. Tomato eventually realized he was a liability during a moment of anger, and kicked poor Bacon off the Trio. (Well, Duo, now.)
- Put on a Bus: After he left the BLT trio, he was last seen acting in Legato's play and may be gone permanently.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Still a bunny, but clearly modeled after a pig. This was applied to all the characters during April Fools Day '13 - see Hostile Show Takeover above.
- Older Than They Look: In the "Yes, He's an Adult" age bracket according to Word of God.
- Super Drowning Skills: Reveals he can't swim using Nautilus's character sheet when he took over the site on April Fool's day.
- Terrible Trio: With Tomato and Lettuce. He's since been removed from the team.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: All the applause Bacon gets from the audience of Legato's play. One of them yells "YOU ROCK!!", and he tears up a bit.
"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.
Provides examples of:
- American Accents: Fond of Southern phrases.
- 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.
- The Gunslinger: It fires stars.
- Odd Name Out: Her name doesn't really fit any of the naming conventions in the comic, at least none that have been introduced yet.
- Spanner in the Works: Stealing the Dream Sword put a wrench into Cucumber and the Oracle's plans.
A silent manservant who looks after Tiramisu Tower, Saturday's hideout, and the treasures contained within while she's away. He Talks With Signs
that he has prepared for every conversation.
Provides examples of:
- Battle Butler: It didn't seem this way at first, but he joins Saturday during a robbery after chapter 1.
- Goldfish Poop Gang: With his employer Saturday, who appear to be becoming recurring nemeses throughout the story.
- Improbable Weapon User: His weapon of choice is a broom.
- 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.
"An up-and-coming inventor always looks out for other up-and-comers. Hee. Hee. Hee.”
An Illustrious inventor, and Child Genius
. Completely absorbed in showing off inventions, and often ends up doing so by tricking the main characters into testing them.
Provides examples of:
- Ambiguously Evil: They are up to something, but what it is and what purpose it serves is unclear. Their inventions fail on the heroes in spectacular ways, but it is unclear if this is genuinely caused by their status as a Ditzy Genius or if they are deliberately scheming ways to sabotage the heroes.
- Child Prodigy: If being able to modify a train's engine and make a custom solar powered boat all alone is any indication.
- Ditzy Genius: Unfortunately even with an understanding of very complex engineering and scientific concepts, Cosmo makes mistakes sometimes and when they happen, they're huge disasters. Which with a bit of common sense could be prevented. Although they'll never admit it's their fault.
- Everything's Better with Sparkles: In Cosmo's first appearance, their clothes had a lot of stars and sparkles.
- Gender Neutral Writing: Although they appear somewhat to be male, they've never been referred to as anything but... well, "Cosmo".
- Hidden Agenda Villain: Lampshaded in the stat cards ("What is this kid's DEAL?!"). Cosmo is later revealed to be in league with Glitchmaster.
- Inconvenient Summons: Cosmo is teleported away by their boss right in the middle of an experiment Cosmo was planning on Commander Caboodle's spacecraft.
- Mad Scientist: "I've been called that."
- Mobile-Suit Human: Ties up the real Commander Caboodle and does this to disguise themself as him in order to trick the heroes.
- Once an Episode: 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, they reveal themselves by saying, "This is the least I can do for a fellow ally of justice! Or a test subject."
- Youthful Freckles: It fits a little with their starry theme.
"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.
Provides examples of:
- 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.
- Her Code Name Was Mary Sue: His "magnum opus", Prince Crescendo, is basically about how good-looking and perfect he is, to the point where the main character looks EXACTLY like him.
- I Have Your Wife: He abducted the son of Lute, Organetto's mayor.
- 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.
- Just a Kid: And a very puny one, at that.
- 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.
- Proud Beauty: "He's a magnificent beautiful boy!", and has the flowing locks and pretty clothes to prove it! Don't even try to contradict him, he won't like that at all.
- 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 at Pretty Boys being mostly antagonistic in this comic, when he mentions that Legato looks like a "mean guy" he knowsnote .
- Unknown Rival: He's furious at Lute's son Mandolin for bullying him in school, although Mandolin himself barely recognizes Panpipe as "that nerd".
- Villainous Crush: Has one on Nautilus.
- Villain Teleportation: He can teleport himself and others with a puff of pink sparkling smoke. He uses this power to trap the heroes in Legato Mansion.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Legato has long green hair.
Princesses & Other Royalty
"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!
Provides examples of:
- Armor-Piercing Question: Asks quite a few to the Nightmare Knight which breaks down his psychological defenses.
- 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.
- Damsel in Distress: Trapped in the castle and under guard, awaiting rescue.
- Damsel out of Distress: Tries to do this in Chapter 2's Interlude, and almost makes it, but the Nightmare Knight finds her and takes her back to her room.
- Edible Theme Naming: Her name is based off a type of French dessert.
- Gilded Cage: She's been trapped in her room for the entirety of the story. Her room that is filled with luxury items and comfy chairs.
- Gratuitous French: Sometimes slips French words into her speech, and speaks with a French accent, "like zis". Her original character portrait even lists it as her most powerful stat; the re-done portrait, as seen above, instead spells out "BON(JOUR)" with the stars◊.
- Meaningful Name: Not only is Parfait a French dessert, but it is also the French word for "Perfect."
- Morality Pet: To the Nightmare Knight who is becoming more sympathetic the more he interacts with her.
- Odd Friendship: She considers the Nightmare Knight of all people to be a friend.
- Princesses Prefer Pink: She's pink all over the place.
- Rose-Haired Sweetie: Of the sweet and romantic variety.
- 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.
Provides examples of:
- Chubby Mama, Skinny Papa: Queen Conch is more on the pudgy side, while her husband King Kelp is rather skinny.
- Damsel in Distress: When She was first introduced she was already mistakenly kidnapped by Splashmaster who mistook her for Princess Nautilus. And she's clearly screaming in distress.
- Screaming Woman: She's brought into Splashmaster's lair screaming in fear.
- 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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"When she’s worked up, she yells so loud, the SPACE Kingdom can hear her! It’s CRAZY! I dunno where she GETS IT FROM!!!”
The easily excitable Queen of the Melody Kingdom, and Princess Piano's Mom. We meet her on her birthday, and our heroes forgot to bring her gifts!
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"Yes, dear. Please sit down."
The not as easily excited King of the Melody Kingdom. He's Princess Piano's Dad, and he's not much of a talker. In fact he's so quiet we had to ask Gigi to learn his name!
Provides examples of:
- All There in the Manual: We never learn Clarinet's name in the comic proper. Instead the audience was informed about it through Gigi's tumblr.
- Chubby Mama, Skinny Papa: Clarinet is very tall and thin in contrast to his wife Queen Cymbal who is a lot curvier.
- 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!
Provides examples of:
- 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.
- Big "NO!": Delivers one when it looks like Nautilus has been blasted by Noisemaster.
- 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.
- Dissonant Serenity: The only thing more startling then her screaming is when she... just doesn't. Gigi was even concerned that her facial expression might've been unintentionally disturbing to her readers.
- Meaningful Name: Zig-zagged. Her moniker is an Italian musical term meaning "softly" or "quietly". While she is extremely quiet normally, get her going...
- Musical Theme Naming: Her name as noted above is a musical term.
- Performance Anxiety: She had a real bad case of this as a kid. But she was able to get over it thanks to Ametrine and hasn't had it since.
- The Scream: Queen Cymbal says that once she starts hollering, she can be heard all the way up in the Space Kingdom.
- Screaming Woman: When she's captured by Noisemaster most of her dialogue is screaming. Though the other characters note she'll get to hollerin' if something makes her upset.
- Straight Gay: Piano is shown to have romantic feelings for Ametrine, and Word of God specifies her orientation as gay.
- 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.
Provides examples of:
- 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 Sky Kingdom. She's first seen in the chapter 2 epilogue piloting the sun
. She's very upbeat and good at her job.
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"Call me "R" for revitalized, darlings."
The closest thing the Flower Kingdom has to royalty - the editor-in-chief of R Magazine and the "king" of fashion in Dreamside.
Provides examples of:
- The Fashionista: A rare male example, he is the "king" of fashion after all. His first line of actual dialogue is saying he hates Cucumber's sweater.
- Garden Garment: Like many in the Flower Kingdom Mr.R wears plant themed accessories. Specifically a big leaf with flowers pistils on on it. Along with hair he's specifically styled to look flower themed.
- Large and In Charge: A big, burly guy, and the top authority in the Flower Kingdom through sheer influence.
- Large Ham: A bit more refined than Commander Caboodle, but just as hammy.
- Nice Shoes: Purple pumps; they get their own frame in his establishing shots.
- No Name Given: It's unlikely that R is his real name, but everyone calls him that.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has all green fur, and green and pink hair styled to resemble flowers.
As the Flower Kingdom has no royal bloodline, its princess is of the honorary kind. Princess R will be the new face of R Magazine and therefore the "princess of fashion"
. Mr. R is throwing a contest in which his chosen 5 semi-finalists will compete to excavate the Old Botanica Ruins in order to find which of the 5 girls is worthy to be his representative.
Provides examples of:
- Action Girl: Mr. R is searching specifically for a girl ready to "get her hands dirty"
- Dark Is Not Evil: Semifinalist Dahlia dresses in dark colors, has a morose expression, and talks of the powers of darkness. She's even has the title "Spooky Cutie" in the competition.
- Everything's Better with Princesses
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: The semifinalists when they're are encouraged to "remove" Cucumber from the contest, despite him not actually being a contestant.
- Goth Girls Know Magic: Dahlia is a spellcaster and the only candidate that comes close to posing a threat to Almond.
- Hime Cut: Semifinalist Dahlia sports one.
- Loophole Abuse: The princess of R Magazine has the same authority to unseal the Dream Sword with her signature as any other princess of Dreamside does, despite not having any royal blood. Apparently a princess simply chosen to represent the kingdom works just as well.
- Nice Hat: Semifinalist Maple has a simple black one.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Semifinalist Marigold has rectangular ears, green eyes, green eyebrows, a bit of green hair showing under her marigold-like locks, and a seemingly petty, childish attitude. Like someone we know.
- Valley Girl: Semifinalist Tulip seems to be one.
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
Provides examples of:
- 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.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Plays the part of the benevolent Big Good, but has repeatedly shown her true colors as rather rude and dismissive.
- 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.
- Everything's Better with Sparkles: They make her look more ethereal and are almost immediately lampshaded in the author comment.
- 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.
- Jerkass: She's very rude and dismissive to other people and their problems. And Gigi's author commentary calls her rude. "I will not pardon your rudeness, actually.".
- 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.
- The Obi-Wannabe: For a mystical guide, she is stunningly bad at her job.
- Really 700 Years Old: She's thousands of years old, but doesn't have a single wrinkle.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Her job is to seal away the Nightmare Knight.
- 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.
- True Blue Femininity: Head to toe blue, complete with blue skin and a billowy blue dress.
"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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"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.
Provides examples of:
- 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.
- I Was Quite The Looker: She notes that she was "quite the cutiepie" in a flashback to how she met Cabbage.
- Rescue Romance: Cabbage apparently saved her when they were in school.
"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".
Provides examples of:
"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.
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Gherkin and Peanut
The first legendary hero and his sister, who defeated the Nightmare Knight 500,000 years ago.
Provides examples of
- All There in the Manual: Haven't appeared in the comic (and may never), but were shown on Gigi's tumblr and have been mentioned ocassionally on her twitter.
- Distressed Damsel: Peanut is mentioned to have likely been kidnapped at several points.
- Expy: Like all legendary heroes, they're similar to Cucumber and Almond, but Gherkin has Almond's personality.
- Identical Grandson: They're more or less identical to Cucumber and Almond, with different hairstyles.
- Posthumous Character: They defeated the Nightmare Knight 500,000 years ago.
Calabash and Walnut
Cucumber and Almond's distant ancestors who fought the Nightmare Knight and defeated him.
Provides examples of
- Expy: Calabash and Walnut are intentionally similar to Cucumber and Almond; however Calabash is fully a Legendary Hero while Walnut has reservations about their quest.
- Identical Grandson: They're spitting images of Almond and Cucumber, albeit with different hair styles.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Calabash's distrust of the Nightmare Knight and not listening to Walnut lead to more cycles of the Nightmare Knight and the Disaster Masters appearing.
- Posthumous Character: They defeated the Nightmare Knight a long time ago, and have only shown up briefly in flashbacks.