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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 Functional 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:
- 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.
- Anti-Magic: By using the mute stone, his wand can dispel magic spells.
- Badass Bookworm: It took him awhile to show it, but Cuco is a very powerful magic user.
- Because Destiny Says So: The reason he has to go on his quest. "It's in his blood!"
- Beware the Nice Ones: His magic is a force to be reckoned with, but Cucumber's so nice and non-confrontational that actually getting him to use it takes some serious doing. When Cucumber does take part in combat, though, he's just as tough as Almond.
- 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.
- Brutal Honesty: After the near disaster that was Rosemaster, Almond gets angry at Cucumber for actually sympathizing with the Disaster Masters. Surprisingly, he refuses to back down and points out that until she picked a fight they might well have been able to work out some form of non violent agreement. When Almond angrily asks if he thinks it was her fault most likely thinking of how she ended up mind controlled into attacking Carrot he bluntly says yes: If she had taken this quest seriously from the start then the entire revival of the Nightmare Knight would have been stopped before it even began. But no, Almond wanted to have a fun adventure. She has no response.
- Character Development: Compare his freakouts in the first few chapters to his more decisive actions in Chapter 3, when he pursues Azalea into Rosemaster's lair and saves himself from the Roselings.
- 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.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Cosmo mistook Cucumber for a girl when they first met.
- Embarrassing but Empowering Outfit: His mysterious wand turns out to come with a Magical Girl outfit identical to Punisher Pumice's.
- Expecting Someone Taller: Variant.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.
- Kill Him Already!: Says the "Finish him already!" variant to Almond when she fights Splashmaster.
- Knight in Sour Armour: He may be on a mission to save the world, but he isn't exactly happy about that, and the incompetence of the Dream Oracle isn't helping matters.
- Heroic Lineage: ...but his father wasn't a hero!
- In-Series Nickname: Almond shortens his name to Cuco. Pronounced "cyu-coh."
- Ironic Name: Another for April fools day. Bacon points out Cucumber's hair looks nothing like a Cucumber unlike other characters with hairstyles similar to their names.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: By using the Noise Stone, his wand can produce this effect to knock enemies away.
- Making a Splash: In chapter two we see him use water magic by invoking the power of the Splash Stone with his wand.
- Morph Weapon: His wand changes into a sword when it's set to Magical Girl mode.
- Only Sane Man: It's his schtick. A lot of his funnier moments come from questioning how reasonable conventional fantasy hero tropes are. Played in a more serious fashion in that he and Princess Parfait are the only two cast members as of yet who have asked the Nightmare Knight to make peace and break the cycle. Cucumber continues to question the necessity of being a Legendary Hero, and in chapter 3 starts to outright defy the past, motivated not out of any desire to change history but because of logic and kindness.
- Oxygenated Underwater Bubbles: He can cast a bubble-head spell that gives characters a source of oxygen to breathe underwater.
- Performance Anxiety: Cucumber says that being cast as the bush in Legato's play was actually pretty good casting. He jokes that performing in front of people makes him want to "hide in a bush".
- Playing with Fire: When saving Nautilus, the very first spell we see him use is fire magic. The Crabsters even mention this trope by name:"YOW! This kid's playin' with fire! Let's scram boys!"
- Power Copying: The Discard and Draw variant. Cucumber can use the Disaster Stones to use the powers of the defeated Disaster Masters. Whether this is due solely due to his wand, or has something to do with his own magical aptitude remains to be seen.
- Pyrrhic Victory:
- Cucumber points out that, even though Noisemaster lost, he doesn't really feel as though he and his team "won".
- At the end of the battle with Rosemaster, there's no feeling of victory whatsoever, and he refuses to keep her Disaster Stone.
- Redhead In Green: It does a good job of making him stand out in Caketown, which has very little green with its pastry motif.
- Red Is Heroic: He's the hero, and has red hair.
- Refusal of the Call: He's tried to refuse anyway. Unfortunately, he doesn't really have a choice in the matter.
- Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Rather than his hair being green or yellownote , it's bright red, making him stand out in spite of his meek personality.
- Sword and Sorcerer: With Almond, as part of their Brother–Sister Team dynamic. He's the sorcerer.
- Tranquil Fury: As opposed to the rest of the Hot-Blooded cast, Cucumber gets very quiet when he's angry. Demonstrated when he finally calls out Almond on her reckless behavior.
- 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. Fittingly, even his wand came from aftermath of the group's first encounter with Peridot.
"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.
Provides examples of:
- 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.
- Braids of Action: Wears her hair in two long pigtails. The braid segments are also drawn in the shape of almonds.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Rosemaster uses her magic to make Almond consider Sir Carrot so useless, he may as well be a villain. She proceeds to draw her sword at him. Afterwards, she emphatically does not join in the sympathy and regrets.
- Break the Haughty: A relatively nuanced example given that her proud nature stemmed more from being a child than any real hubris. Her confidence took a serious blow after the events of Chapter 3. In the wake of it, she has acted more like a scared child than a confident knight, and she has yet to fully recover.
- 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: 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.
- Glass Cannon: 5-star Attack, but only 2 Defense. The comic highlights this a lot- while Almond is damn good with that sword of hers, she's still just a little kid, and goes down hard under sustained attack more often than not.
- 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.
- Lady of War: On the rare occasions her more feminine side shows through. Her combat showing during the Beauty Contest in the Flower Kingdom is a notable example of this, during which, using her sword, she swiftly disarms several of her opponents of the flower pins necessary to remain in the contest, never actually hurting any of them, and all the while never tarnishing her newly-acquired Pimped-Out Dress.
- 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.
- Security Cling: After a significant loss in confidence, she ends up clinging Cucumber's hand when Nightmare Knight shows up again in person.
- Straight Gay: Has a mutual crush on Peridot and is stunned and heavily blushing when she first meets Princess Ametrine.
- Sword and Sorcerer: With Cucumber, as part of their Brother–Sister Team dynamic. She's the sword.
- 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.
- 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, and does still end up in some undignified situations. The author is also fond of mocking him.
- Childhood Friend Romance: He and Princess Parfait were friends as children. Now, as adults, they are in a romantic relationship.
- 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. When he runs away during Rosemaster's fight with Almond, he finally gets over his cowardice and faces the enemy head on.
- Energy Bow: After his locket transformation, he gets a magical glowing longbow that fires equally magical light-beam arrows.
- 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.
- Gorgeous Garment Generation: He upgrades from his standard Caketown Knight uniform into a pretty awesome suit of armor, complete with a turtleneck velvet cape, velvet pants, and heart chainmail. Even Rosemaster thought it looked pretty dang good.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Clearly views himself as unworthy because of his failure to protect the kingdom and his fearful nature.
- Hidden Depths: While he is cowardly and unwilling to fight, he knows how to parry a sword and can draw and use a bow; both skills take a while to develop.
- Humble Hero: After the defeat of Rosemaster, Cucumber and the rest wake up and wonder what happened to her. Almond panics because she was possessed during the battle, and Sir Carrot step up and says that Almond was the one who bravely vanquished Rosemaster, and not him.
- The Load: The knights of Caketown are really little more than glorified servants. Sir Carrot excels at mundane tasks, but is only able to make limited contributions to the quest, due to having few relevant skills, like combat. He gets hit particularly hard with this in chapter 3.
- Memento MacGuffin: A wishing star gave Sir Carrot and Princess Parfait a pair of magic pendants that would always keep them together, no matter how far apart. His takes the form of a strawberry to represent Parfait.
- 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.
- Pretty Boy: There are subtle changes in the way he's drawn after his armor upgrade, giving him a more handsome look. His expressions play a big part in it.
- 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 Cosmo'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, hence 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.
- Took a Level in Badass: Thanks to Nightmare Knight's intervention, his Memento MacGuffin, and the Power of Love, with page 637, Sir Carrot is done running.
- Weapon of Choice: Originally, a carrot spear. He upgrades to a bow literally made of magic after Took a Level in Badass.
- Wholesome Cross Dresser: Looks pretty good once being Dragged into Drag by Count Legato. He has experience being beautiful.
- 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.
Provides examples of:
- Acrophobic Bird: Despite being the princess of the Ripple Kingdom, which is a chain of islands that's also partially underwater, she can't swim. Cucumber eventually teaches her how.
- 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. (DUDE)
- 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 calling for help.
- 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.
- The Ditz: She persistently forgets crucial information from her studies until after it would have been useful, like the fact that the Melody Kingdom has two Disaster Masters.
- Failed Attempt at Drama: Her dramatic declaration that she's about to perform her greatest duty as the princess is undercut when she has to ask for a marker.
- 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: 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.
- Magic A Is Magic A: She was able to use her order-pizza-when-nobody-wants-any spell to save everyone from hitting the sun, but she can't use to escape Rosemaster's lair... because she is actually in the mood for pizza. Hey, she can't control her cravings!
- 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.
- Nightmare Face: She's usually got a big smile on her fact, but don't punch a Berserk Button or you may get something less cheerful. Or, the smile itself will get scary.
- Non-Action Guy: Relies on Liquus to protect her in combat. Without him, she's pretty much harmless.
- The Pollyanna: Think positive, Cucumber! She'll even gush over getting an utterly pointless magic spell to order pizza only when no one's in the mood. Although this does prove useful much, much later. Apparently she gets her "blind optimism" from her dad.
- 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.
- Supernatural Phone: Sorry, Royal Instrument of Summoning. Used to summon her familiar, Liquus.
- Theme Naming: Her name, Nautilus, is a sea creature related to octopi and squids; she even wears their shells in her hair. 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.
- 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. When she eventually meets up with Cucumber's group, they have forgotten her completely, due to Rosemaster's magic, making this trope work on both the story level and meta-level.
"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.
- Card-Carrying Villain: She is fairly explicit about being "evil".
- 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.
- Comical Angry Face: Cordelia has a tendency to make incredibly silly and over-the-top faces when she is surprised, furious or just utterly and thoroughly confused.
- 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.
- Galactic Conqueror: Describes herself as such.
- Hands-Off Parenting: She is effectively Peridot's adoptive mother. Peridot loves her because she lets Peridot do just about anything she likes.
- Large Ham: The girl sure likes to make an impression. Whenever she has an audience, she makes sure that everyone remembers that she is their new queen, that she should be feared, and that no one will be able to stop her World Domination!!. Even without an audience, she is prone to overblown reactions.
- Mysterious Past: Aside not coming from Dreamside, nothing about her past has been revealed. She herself calls her time before Dreamside as being an intergalactic conqueror.
- No Indoor Voice: Immediately reacts with shouting upon getting angry, surprised or both.
- Nonstandard Character Design: Cat ears.
- Parental Substitute: To Peridot.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Her default haircut, making her both menacing but also fragile or just beautiful depending on her emotions.
- 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 populace, 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; the caption for this piece of artwork also implies extraterrestrialism. Her entry on the cast page outright states that she's "from a distant star". In-comic, the Nightmare Knight later casually confirms it.
- Smug Snake: At first. Being constantly put back in her place by the Nightmare Knight slowly but surely helps her to grow out of this type, as she gets a better understanding of the power imbalance between the two of them.
- Statuesque Stunner: Relatively speaking, since her opponents are children, but she appears to be rather tall, taller than most characters, and has almost the same height as the Nightmare Knight when he is in his shrunken form.
- 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.
Provides examples of:
- Black Magician Girl: Young and spunky, and uses offensive magic.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Definitely has attitude and throws tantrums when she's embarrassed or doesn't get what she wants. Unfortunately for any bystander, this includes aimlessly throwing her petrification magic around.
- Catch and Return: Figures out how to do this to counter Almond hitting her attacks back at her. For bonus points, she can also power up the projectile to create a sizable explosion.
- Color Failure: Freezes, goes gray, and develops a heart-shaped void that shatters her very being when she discovers Almond doesn't recognize her.
- 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.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Peridot seems to do this a lot whether it be calling the Disaster Masters names or just being mean to Nightmare Knight.
- The Dragon: She's the one out collecting the stones for Cordelia, and is clearly her most competent minion (though that really isn't saying much).
- 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.
- Everything's Better with Sparkles: Her magic and broomstick often leave trails of stars.
- Happily Adopted: Cordelia is for all intents and purposes Peridot's mother, Peridot even states that because Cordelia is a queen she is already a princess.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: Hinted at on page 825, under all that boasting and bragging she hides a lot of axieties and has bad dreams about them.
- It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": Her name is pronounced Peri-DOH. And it's a big enough Berserk Button for her to fearlessly chew out the Nightmare Knight.
- Les Yay Shipping: In-universe, she does this to Punisher Pumice and her friend Pancetta, who are characters on her favorite TV show, and is rather dismissive towards Pancetta's canonical love interest.
- 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.
- Mind over Matter: Can telekinetically command anything that's under the effects of her Taken for Granite spell. She weaponizes this in Chapter 3, turning a field of crystallized flowers into an improvised Flechette Storm during a fight with Almond.
- Minion with an F in Evil: She ends up unwittingly helping the heroes more often than not.
- Morality Pet: She is Cordelia's, who shows genuine concern and love to her. It seems she has somewhat become this to the Nightmare Knight as well.
- Mysterious Past: She comes from the Crystal Kingdom, but nothing else has been revealed. Page 827 reveals Cordelia met Peridot before they summoned the Nightmare Knight, and even she doesn't know much about her, except that she was crying when she found her, which led her to want to make her smile.
- 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.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: The "Marigold" girl who takes part in Mr. R's fashion contest is obviously Peridot in disguise. Bits of her green hair can be seen out of her wig, she has tape on her ears to look like she's from the Flower Kingdom and she is, as usual, unconfortable around the pretty and cool Almond.
- School Is for Losers: She says that only losers go to magic school when asked where she learned magic on her and Cordelia's Q&A page.
- 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.
- Sweet Tooth: She ordered Baguette and Tartelette to make her a cake. Word of God is that she pretends to have sophisticated tastes, but really the only food she ever wants is sugar of any kind. And it's something she and Almond have in common.
- Tantrum Throwing: She throws her peridot-turning stars at the closest person or thing when she's really upset. This has actually come in handy in Chapter 3 since doing so effectively broke Rosemaster's control over the Flower Kingdom and our heroes.
- Tennis Boss: Almond defeated her in their first encounter by reflecting an attack back at her.
- Taken for Granite: Her signature move is turning people and things into peridot statues.
- That Came Out Wrong: To Almond:
- The Rival: In her updated character profile, instead of having the standard stars for her stats, they all say "better than Almond". She might be playing this up a bit too hard.
- Tsundere: Despite her attitude, she's easily flustered at times, particularly around Almond. Not to mention that a few of her lines seem to come straight from the tsundere handbook.Peridot: I... I'm not taking this because I need your pity or anything, okay?!
- Unperson: After her defeat in the flower kingdom, she taunts Almond about the whole contest being a trap. Some pages later, we learn that Rosemaster has locked her up in punishment.. One cut later, Peridot has vanished from the scene, banner, and character sheet. Even worse, Almond doesn't remember her.
- Villainous Crush:
- After being bested by Almond in their first meeting, Peridot developed a crush and tends to act tsundere around her. Gigi has confirmed this trope to be in effect.
- When she discovers Almond's memory of her has been erased:I
I HATE THIS!!
- Interlude 3 opens with Peridot and Almond's wedding. Peridot's rather taken aback but quickly accepts it. Turns out it's Peridot's dream which quickly turns into a nightmare when Cordelia accuses her of being bad at evil because she fell for a hero.
- Villainous Friendship: She's always been shown to get along well with Cordelia, especially in bonus material. Now it's fully canon.
- Villainous Rescue: She saves Almond from one of Legato's fire breathing musical instruments by turning it to stone. Allegedly, she "missed."
- Witch Broomstick: Her primary mode of transportation. It's also her magic wand.
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.
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. Even if he could do it, he needs Dreamside to fear him in order to support his children, the Disaster Masters.
- Bad Liar: Parfait says that Nightmare Knight's a bad liar when he makes a poor excuse for saving her from Tomato. 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.
- Bad Powers, Good People: The reason for his predicament. His power is drawn from fear and despair. He doesn't actually want to hurt anyone, but he doesn't want to be weak either. Worse, if he isn't feared, the Disaster Masters will probably stop existing.
- Berserk Button: The Nightmare Knight is calm and collected in almost all circumstances. There is only one instance in which he immediately gets furious: when he hears the name "Steve".
- 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.
- Bolt of Divine Retribution: Being a Slave to PR, the Nightmare Knight gets rather annoyed when a television series uses his image as one of their characters. When he confronts them and the actor playing him faces the real thing, said actor continues to insist he's Nightmare Knight and gets a bolt for his trouble.
- 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 criticize 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.
- Dark Is Not Evil: It's becoming increasingly clear he's not very malevolent.
- 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. This is largely because he is empowered by fear, and were he to lose that, the power sustaining the Disaster Masters would vanish.
- Emotion Eater: He isn't actually evil, but his magic is powered by Dreamside's fear of him and he doesn't want to be weak, which is why he puts on a show of being a villain.
- 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.
- Expy: Has minor shades of TEC. He contributes to his role as a villain and Parfait's warden while at the same time growing to genuinely care about her and eventually becoming her way of contacting the heroes.
- Eye Take: The Nightmare Knight's eyes go wide with surprise when Princess Parfait calls him "her friend".
- Facepalm: He really doesn't like the Punisher Pumice show's depiction of him.
- 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.
- Flawed Prototype: The earliest Disaster Masters were his first attempts at making minions. Splashmaster is big and physically strong but dumb as dirt and not particularly powerful, while Noisemaster and Mutemaster are The Dividual (Noisemaster being the brains while Mutemaster is the brawn) but their powersets directly counter each other. Every Disaster Master past these three is far more powerful, with fewer basic flaws in their design.
- 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-which is bullshit. See I Just Want to Have Friends.
- 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.
- After much prying, Princess Parfait manages to get him to admit the real reason: He was originally an Omnicidal Maniac who just wanted to destroy Dreamside, but his interactions with the Disaster Masters and observations of the world melted his heart. When he was resurrected the first time, he quickly decided he had no desire to destroy any more—unfortunately, since he gains his strength from fear, if he stops playing the villain, he won't have the power to sustain the Disaster Masters any more, essentially killing his children.
- 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 Just Want to Have Friends: Or more accurately, I Just Want To Keep The Only Friends I Do Have Alive-the Disaster Masters are the only beings he's been on friendly terms with, but if his power gives out, they will die. And his power needs terror.
- 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.
- Meaningful Echo: When Nightmare Knight tries to scare the heroes, Sir Carrot begs him for mercy asking "Are you not still a knight?" Later, when trying to motivate Sir Carrot, Nightmare Knight reverses the question on him.
- 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.
- No Ontological Inertia: The Disaster Masters are sustained by his power, and cannot exist without it. Since he in turn gains his power from the fear of Dreamside's inhabitants, this means if he ever stops playing the villain, his children will die.
- Not So Different: Claims that Cordelia and himself are rather alike, out of a common concern (which he also calls a weakness): Peridot.
- Omnicidal Maniac: He states that he was once a creature driven by instinct, and it was his instinct to consume the world before moving on.
- Parental Substitute: He's kind of like a father figure to Peridot. He tends to be the more stern and responsible parent to Cordelia's more spoiling nature.
- Pet the Dog: He's had few moments of these. The first time was when he saved Princess Parfait from being bullied by Tomato.
- Planetary Parasite: He has shades of this. He mentions being driven by instinct to consume the world and move on to the next. He grew beyond that long ago.
- 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.
- The Power of Creation: He is said to be responsible for the creation of the Disaster Masters.
- 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.
- Reality Warper: When he attacks Cucumber and Almond in Chapter 3, he didn't just cause a rift in the ground—his power fractured the air in front of him, leaving the two of them dangling from a splintering panel.
- Real Men Wear Pink: He is the Nightmare Knight, the big dark villain of Dreamside. And yet, he has a secret hobby of baking which involves a lot of pink, including his apron.
- 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. Deconstructed, in that he's been summoned and resealed repeatedly before...and by now, he's just sick of the whole damn thing.
- 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.
- 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
- Size Shifter: He can make himself bigger or smaller at will. Useful for being intimidating, getting through doors, and letting him use the kitchen to bake at night.
- The Sleepless: He doesn't need to sleep, so he spends his nights baking. Yes, really.
- 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 because he needs Dreamside to fear him in order to be strong.
- Supreme Chef: In spite of apparently lacking the need or ability to eat, he's an incredible baker. Upon taking a bite of one of his lemon cupcakes, Cordelia describes it as "the best cupcake I've ever put in my mouth", and she doesn't even like lemon!
- Tom the Dark Lord: Thebestmaster says his real name is Steve. Later subverted. Turns out there's another similar looking guy named Steve.
- 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.
- Tragic Villain: to the extent that he can even be considered a villain anymore. He doesn't want to be evil, but the Disaster Masters only exist as extenstions of his power, and his power comes from being widely feared. So to prevent the only beings who ever respected him from ceasing to exist, he must continue to terrorize Dreamside.
- 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.
- What Is This Feeling?: Upon his first defeat, the previously instinct-driven Nightmare Knight felt something new as he saw the heroes joyfully celebrating their victory.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Upon the defeat of Rosemaster, he sarcastically congratulates Cucumber and hands over the Rose orb, telling him to make good use of his new trophy. It's not completely fair since the Oracle was the one treating it like a prize, but the point is seemingly not lost on him. Using what could be seen as the corpse of his enemy as a weapon is not exactly the height of good taste and heroism.
"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 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". That said, he's the least elite one.
- Flawed Prototype: His stupidity and relative weakness stems from being the Knightmare Knight's first attempt.
- 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...
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: He's so childlike and innocent (wearing a limbo crown just for cuteness) that it's hard to be mad at him even though his main hobby is SMASH and making bunnymans sad.
- 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.
- 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
- Laughs maniacally at Cucumber for naively thinking he can solve the conflict by talking things out. On the next page, Noisemaster makes it clear that they have to fight "that's just how it is".
- When the Noise Blaster finally finishes charging, and his victory is in sight he begins cackling insanely, his faceplate now totally shattered.
- 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.
- 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.
- Foreshadowing: His repeated references to "my boy" are, in hindsight, a dead giveaway that the Melody Kingdom has a second Disaster Master.
- Flawed Prototype: While more effective than Splashmaster, Noisemaster's dependence on Mutemaster is partly because of his creator's lack of experience in conjuring up minions.
- 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 revealed that Noisemaster is approximately the size of a cat, in response to this. She wasn't joking, either◊. He's even smaller than Almond.
- 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.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Once he sees the Nightmare Knight's barrier, he just straight up quits and retreats into his Disaster Stone.
- 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.
- Take Your Time: Lampshades and deconstructs this as the Noise Blaster counts down:
- 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.
"mm."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.
- Flawed Prototype: While more effective than Splashmaster, Mutemaster's dependence on Noisemaster is partly because of his creator's lack of experience in conjuring up minions.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Gains these when he's screamed at which causes him to go berserk, and look a lot scarier.
- 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.
- 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".
- On the team's first try crossing the border of the Melody Kingdom, Mutemaster single handedly brings down their airship from off-screen with a some kind of seemingly eldritch dampening effect, actually removing all the colour and smudging out the dialog of the comic.
- One update after Almond subdues him using his Weaksauce Weakness, Mutemaster gets up. Gigi, who normally accompanies every comic with a snarky line of commentary underneath, has her usual banter replaced by empty white space. The result is terrifying.
- 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?
- 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."What's in a name? She that we call "Miss Rosie," by any other name, would be as glamorous... and as dangerous. Rosemaster is 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:
- Anti-Villain: She reveals in a flashback that she had long questioned her orders to hurt people that never hurt her, persisting only to help the Nightmare Knight out of his funk.
- Benevolent Boss: Is forgiving and understanding towards her minions, having been in their position 99 times. To the point that her minions, believed to be brainwashed, actually defected to her side on their own. And they have nothing but good things to say about her.
- 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".
- Face Framed in Shadow: Even when her eyes are visible, the upper half of her face is shadowed by her bangs.
- Famous Last Words: "Goodnight, then, Dreamside. until next time."
- The Fashionista: She talks about accessories and changes her clothing and hairstyle from scene to scene.
- 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.
- Go Out with a Smile: She receives Sir Carrot's final attack with a relaxed smile on her face, finally knowing that she has performed her duties correctly, and that the cycle is broken.
- Green Thumb: She is able to control the spiky vines running through her lair and has her very own plant-themed minions
- Hypnotize the Princess: She had the real princess of Flower Kingdom, Azalea, mind-controlled into doing her dirty work.
- I Let You Win: Throws the fight against the heroes after realizing that the Nightmare Knight doesn't actually want to kill them, even though she doesn't know why. She does put up a good show of fighting, though.
- Instant Sedation: She can make people fall asleep instantly by blowing flower petals on them.
- Just Toying with Them: After acquiring the Hocus Crocus, she more or less becomes a Physical God. She grabs Almond and immediately defeats most of the heroes. But instead of simply finishing Almond off while she has Almond at her mercy, she tosses her away and chases her with her magic. Presumably because she now knows Nightmare Knight doesn't actually want the heroes dead, which frees her up to make the entire event into a mere play instead of actual villainy.
- Lady of Black Magic: Rosemaster is elegant, alluring, dons fashionable dresses, and her plant and mind powers are very potent.
- Lady of War: She's polite, dignified, and never wears the same outfit twice, and her Green Thumb fighting style is a combination of practiced grace and deadly precision.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: She can make everyone forget a particular person ever existed.
- Logical Weakness: Her power relies on being able to manipulate a flower that serves as a sympathetic magic-based representation of a person. If the person's name doesn't have a flower to go with it (like Nautilus and Peridot), she can't touch them. Naturally, Gigi has confirmed that this has led to there being generations where the hero basically steam-rolled past her because their memory remained unaltered.
- Mass Hypnosis: Via Sympathetic Magic, she can manipulate peoples' minds on a massive scale.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: She never really wanted to hurt all the people in the Flower Kingdom, only doing so because she thought it was what would make the Nightmare Knight happy. Of course, when she finds out the Nightmare Knight had been sabotaging any attempt at real harm since the beginning...
- Nice Hat: A nice Jackie-O style one when wearing her third outfit.
- Odd Name Out: All the other Disaster Masters' names are based on "corruptions" of their kingdom's theme. However, the legends called her "Thornmaster."
- One-Winged Angel: After absorbing the power of the Hocus Crocus.
- Painting the Medium: Her speech bubbles are usually green and adorn with leafy vines, but they gradually or suddenly change to red and become spiked as she gets more aggressive. After she uses the Hocus Crocus, the first letter in her speech bubbles is in ornate gothic font, and her surroundings take on a weathered, film-grain appearance. When her tone is truly joyful, the leaves around her speech bubbles blossom into roses. When she's shot by Carrot and defeated, the plants around her speech bubbles wilt, and her font loses most of its capital letters.
- Petal Power: Blows passionflower petals at the heroes to incapacitate them.
- Plant Person: Her entire body has a plant motif.
- Power Makes Your Hair Grow / Afro Asskicker: The power of the Hocus Crocus makes her hair grow into a large, and poofy rose-shaped afro. Subverted when the flashback panels reveal the demonic-looking Rosemaster as just a facade, her true form looking pretty much like her old self, only constantly glowing with white light.
- 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.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: When she uses the Hocus Crocus to multiply her magical power she transforms and gets a different look with a black and red motif. Subverted, as this isn't her true appearance.
- Required Secondary Powers: As explained by Word of God here, Rosemaster can automatically tell what someone's name is, even from an image of the person.
- Sinister Schnoz: It's very much a thorn, fitting her rose-motif.
- 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.
- Stepford Smiler: Is more somber when she's alone, even breaking to tears at one point, "out of fatigue", as she puts it.
- Subordinate Excuse: The Nightmare Knight is her father, more or less, and she wants to make him happy. She herself doesn't seem to care much about winning anymore. In fact, she's actually pleased in a way when she learns that he's been sabotaging the Disaster Masters for a long, long time because she's grown outright sick of having to hurt people who have done her no wrong. Sure, she also feels somewhat betrayed and angry, but she trusts that he has a good reason for it.
- Super Mode: The Hocus Crocus makes her more powerful and changes her outfit, hair, and color scheme to be more white.
- Transsexual: 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".
- Undying Loyalty: She has the utmost faith in the Nightmare Knight and continues to try her best because she wants for him to see a victory just once for a change. She even stays loyal after Glitchmaster reveals that he has betrayed their supposed goals long ago and has been sabotaging them, though she does briefly pretend to defect. She has enough faith to believe that he had a good reason.
- Unlimited Wardrobe: Hasn't yet been seen wearing the same ensemble twice.
- Villainous Valor: In her first scene, she declares that she will never give up until she secures victory for the Nightmare Knight. Glitchmaster even calls her the most dedicated of the Disaster Masters.
- Volcanic Veins: She gets these after absorbing the power of the Hocus Crocus
The fifth Disaster Master, and the Disaster Master of the Crystal Kingdom.
Provides examples of
- An Ice Person: He is implied to have power over cold.
The sixth Disaster Master, and the Disaster Master of the Cloud Kingdom. Their name and appearance hasn't actually been revealed, other than through the Punisher Pumice TV show's (inaccurate) version.
Provides examples of
- The Unreveal: As their name wasn't known when the TV show's version appeared in-story, the mystery was preserved... by the in-show Nightmare Knight not knowing their name (or Glitchmaster's). The real Nightmare Knight is unimpressed.
"PROCESSING: 'Fatigued'. A Familiar feeling."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.
- Reality Warper: She pixellates and distorts everything within a certain radius of herself, including the panels and the site url at the bottom of the page. According to Gigi, it's mildly uncomfortable at the normal level, but she can dial it up to attack.
- 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.
- Teleporters and Transporters: One of her powers involves teleportation.
- 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.
- The Worf Effect: To show how powerful Rosemaster has become when she uses the Hocus Crocus, she's able to easily defeat and restrain Glitchmaster who's been touted as the most powerful of the Disaster Masters.
The Forsaken Master / Thebestmaster
A Disaster Master locked away by the Stone Seal and the master of a thousand fears.
Provides examples of
- And I Must Scream: Subverted. He's been sealed away in stone and conscious but it's not so bad in there.
- The Dreaded: The Forsaken Master is said to be so terrible, that even Nightmare Knight feared him, and he refused to obey Nightmare Knight's commands.
- Harmless Villain: Despite his fearsome reputation and Reality Warper power, this is effectively all he amounts to.
- Literal-Minded: His biggest flaw as a master of fears. For instance, he interprets "fear of heights" as "giraffes are scary since they're tall". Other such "fears" are "Fear of rollercoasters" (A movie which is an emotional rollercoaster) and "fear of flying": (A kite).
- Nightmare Retardant: In-Universe; all of his attempts to traumatize people with their fears fall completely flat because he completely misinterprets the concepts behind those fears.
- No-Sell: As he requested, Peridot tries to seal him with her crystal powers but the seal breaks almost immediately.
- Odd Name Out: Unlike the other disaster masters, he has no association with a particular kingdom and his name isn't based on a corruption of their themes.
- Psychological Torment Zone: He has the power to generate these, but as mentioned under Literal-Minded, he keeps screwing up.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Unlike the other Disaster Masters, he was never sealed into a Disaster Stone and as such will not turn into one upon defeat. Instead, he was locked away by the Nightmare Knight himself long ago into the glass mountain with the Stone Seal. Nightmare Knight eventually tricks Queen Cordelia into releasing him.
- Subverted in that he's not malicious enough to really be evil and his prison was actually rather pleasant for him all things considered. He actually begs the heroes to seal him up again so he can continue studying in solitude.
"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.
- Bullying a Dragon: For some reason, he thought it'd be a good idea to pick on Peridot to practice their villainous squad schtick. You know, the powerful witch whose idea of fun is to turn people into stone? Who is literally The Dragon to Cordelia, their own boss? I mean, really?. Luckily(?) for him Peridot's pretty bored of their routine, and shrugs them off as "a bunch of freaks".
- 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
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: He has an interest in the captive Princess Parfait.
- 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.
- Not having forgotten their confrontation at the very beginning of the story, Tomato is later shown making fun of Cucumber by using a literal sock puppet and a whiny voice.
- Terrible Trio: With Lettuce and Bacon. :His confidence actually suffers a serious blow when he learns how important Bacon was to their group motif.
- Villainous Crush: Has one on Princess Parfait.
- Would Hit a Girl: Says he would. "In the face. With a sword."
"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.
- A Day in the Limelight: Will be getting her own mini-comic story in Book 3.
- 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. This pops up again in the third interlude:"I don't know why I even bother pretending to be a ditz, it's not like you actually listen to a word that comes out of my mouth"
- 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.
"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:
- Ambiguous Gender Identity: After Bacon's considerable acting talent is revealed, they later appear playing a female character (Pancetta) in the Punisher Pumice TV show, with the Nightmare Knight and Peridot identifying them as an actress. Though Bacon hasn't actually appeared in person to confirm their gender, it seems likely that they're a trans woman.
- 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.
- Hidden Depths: Proves to be a remarkably good actor in Legato's play, and later takes up acting professionally.
- 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.
- Cool Mask: Wears a classic bandanna around her upper face, with cut outs for eye holes. It conveniently covers her distinctive Facial Markings.
- 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. 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. Her character sheet implies that it's not her real name, which is confirmed in the Chapter 3 interlude.
- Put on a Bus: Hasn't been seen since the failed train robbery in the Chapter 1 interlude.
- Spanner in the Works: Stealing the Dream Sword put a wrench into Cucumber and the Oracle's plans.
*point*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.
- Crazy-Prepared: He has a sign prepared for every imaginable conversation.
- Goldfish Poop Gang: With his employer Saturday.
- Improbable Weapon User: His weapon of choice is a broom.
- Hyperspace Arsenal: He seems to have an unlimited amount hidden within his coat - every time Almond broke one in two, he tossed aside the pieces, produced another, and kept stalling for time.
- Put on a Bus: Hasn't been seen since the Chapter 1 interlude.
- The Bus Came Back: In Chapter 3, as Mr. R.
- Silent Antagonist: He never speaks (preferring to talk in writing), making him rather mysterious, and humorous. It's probably to help maintain his secret identity.
- 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. Though there's a strong chance that they aren't really accidents.
- The Dragon: To Glitchmaster.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.".
- Never My Fault: Any time the heroes suggest she made a mistake (like mixing Cucumber up with Saturday), she brushes it off with an excuse, gets angry at them for "telling me how to do my job", or just plain talks over them. Her character profile makes special mention of it.
- 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.
- Oh, Crap!: When Rosemaster is defeated, she performs the usual ceremony, handing the Hero the Disaster Stone of the just defeated boss. But right when she is in the middle of it, the stone dissolves right in her hands, and the Nightmare Knight appears right before her, leading to an expression of pure panic.
- The Power of Creation: She is said to be responsible for the creation of the Dream Sword. She is known to have created Intermezzo, a sound proof wall with a talking gate created to stop a long time feud.
- Really 700 Years Old: She's thousands of years old, but doesn't have a single wrinkle.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When Nightmare Knight materializes right in front of her, she abandons the heroes with a quick bye.
- Sure, Let's Go with That: At the end of Chapter 2, the heroes assume that she put up the barrier which saved Trebleopolis. Oracle quickly agrees and plays it off like she can do that, but only as a last resort. Except she's giving every tell imaginable for lying—no eye contact, sweating, looking panicky, stammering—and the barrier was starry and purple, not blue.
- Teleporters and Transporters: She has demonstrated the ability to teleport.
- 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.
A small fairy-like assistant of the Dream Oracle. She's sweet and sincere to contrast her more... dismissive boss.
Provides examples of:
- Beleaguered Assistant: She cleans the Dream Oracle's toilet, for example.
- The Cutie: Very sweet and compassionate toward the Legendary Heroes.
- Exposition Fairy: Starts to deliver a speech about the Nightmare Knight and his Disaster Masters, until Nautilus tells her she (sort of) already explained it to Cucumber.
- Saying Too Much: Accidentally blurts out the fact that Nightmare Knight has been resurrected 100 times to our heroes.
- Single Specimen Species: She is the only one of her kind seen in the story and it's unknown if there are others.
"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:
- Ascended Extra: Had small roles in Chapters 1 and 2, but took a larger role in the interlude between Chapters 2 and 3 and is a major character in Chapter 3.
- Big Damn Heroes: He jumps in out of nowhere to save Nautilus just before Rosemaster can squeeze her to death.
- Boundand Gagged: By Cosmo, in the Chapter 2 interlude.
- Calling Your Attacks: Most of his actions are accompanied with the word JUSTICE, including attacks. He actually uses this to trick Rosemaster, making her anticipate a tackle while he's actually just going for a dodge.
- Captain's Log: The Justice Log, as seen in his quote above.
- Captain Space, Defender of Earth!: A parody of space heroes.
- Eyes Always Shut: When his mask is removed. Gigi confirmed on twitter that his "beautiful eyes" will never be seen.
- Goofy Print Underwear: We get a close-up of his "I Heart Justice" boxers in Chapter 3.
- I Come in Peace: Says this when introducing himself to Cucumber and Nautilus.
- Incoming Ham: Enters the comic with a dramatic speech. And this is before he realized there was anyone there to actually hear it.
- Large Ham: Very theatrical.
- Naturally, when his ship crashes onto Legato's property, he's the perfect man to read the opening narration for Magnificent Prince Crescendo, and he really throws himself into the role.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: He has a very prominent chin cleft.
- Real Men Wear Pink: A very prominent color in his ensemble.
- Rubber-Forehead Aliens: Cat ears instead of rabbit ears... implying that somebody else is an alien, as well.
A mysterious entity who looks a lot like the Nightmare Knight, but is a lot more amicable. Besty calls him Steve.
Provides examples of:
- Eyeless Face: Steve's only facial feature is his big goofy grin and he jokingly lampshades that he has no eyes.
- Foil: Has many contrasting features to Nightmare Knight. While Nightmare Knight only has visible eyes, Steve has only a visible grin. He's alot more cheery and energetic while Nightmare Knight is calm and soft-spoken. And while Nightmare Knight has a rather top-heavy design, Steve legs are noticeably bulky compared to his arms and torso.
- Nice Guy: Is kind and supportive to Besty.
- Revenge: At the end of Chapter 4, he tells Thebestmaster that he wants to exact this as soon as they're out of the whole and in Dreamside. On what, he doesn't say.
- Slasher Smile: Since his mouth is his only means of emotional expression, his grin contorts when he mentions his aforementioned plans of revenge.
- Walking Spoiler: Even more so than The Forsaken Master/Besty.
"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 break 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.
- Chekhov's Gun: Her second character card says that her inventory contains a children's book. It appears in the comic during the Chapter 3 interlude.
- 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.
- Expy: She's quite like Princess Peach, more specifically from her Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door incarnation, down to trying to befriend the "enemy" and having intermissions between chapters focusing on her. Gigi has confirmed that her interactions with the Nightmare Knight are inspired by Peach and TEC's in The Thousand Year Door, minus TEC's voyeurism.
- 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", though this is downplayed as the comic goes on. 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◊.
- Love Letter: Writes one to Carrot while she's imprisoned. It has a huge impact when it finally gets to him.
- Meaningful Name: Not only is Parfait a French dessert, but it is also the French word for "Perfect."
- Memento MacGuffin: A wishing star gave Sir Carrot and Princess Parfait a pair of magic pendants that would always keep them together, no matter how far apart. Hers takes the form of a carrot to represent Sir Carrot.
- 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.
Father of Parfait and the good-natured King of Doughnut Kingdom.
Provides examples of:
- Bumbling Dad: While the Doughnut Kingdom is quite peaceful, Word of God tells us that he's too trusting for his own good. He doesn't have that high standards for knighthood, which leads to quick turncoating when Cordelia takes over.
- Edible Theme Naming: A croissant, a type of french pastry.
- Determinator: He is ready to lick his way out of his cell to save his daughter. The floor is candy, but still...
- Gratuitous French: Like Parfait. Seems to run in the family.
- Please, I Will Do Anything!: He begs to see Parfait with this after his Taken for Granite status ends. Peridot complies, and he's becomes her personal patissiere.
- Taken for Granite: Was turned to a peridot statue when Cordealia took over Caketown Castle. The extra comic in Cucumber Quest Book 2 shows us that it was only temporary.
- Truly Single Parent: To Parfait.
"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.
Provides examples of:
- Accidental Truth: He claims he was pulling Cucumber's leg when he previously told him that the family had a legacy of heroism, which is in fact true.
- Bumbling Dad: He isn't the greatest father, but he does seem to genuinely love his kids. He's just more occupied in getting money.
- 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.
- Crazy-Prepared: He has a cucumber flower prepared for Cucumber in the Princess R contest. In order to get him beaten up.
- Eyes Always Shut: He has only opened them when getting really intense.
- The Gadfly: He's always messing with Cucumber seemingly just for kicks, such as pretending not to recognize him in the Flower Kingdom or joking that he doesn't remember the name of Cucumber's grandpa (that is, his own father).
- 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.
- Another time he went to Cucumber's school to give him the book report that Cucumber accidentally left at the table during breakfast.
- Might as Well Not Be in Prison at All: He's been in Cordelia's Dungeon for the duration of the story. He could leave at any time, but he seems to like it there. It helps that he's had time to redecorate. And then he ACTUALLY leaves the prison for good since there's no money to be made by staying there.
- Money Fetish: The accruement of more and more wealth seems to be his sole motivation for existing. Gigi even (reluctantly) drew a sketch for a fan of Cabbage sleeping with a body pillow, itself printed with a drawing of himself hugging a 100-dollar bill.
- Parental Favoritism: He thinks his son is a wimp and doesn't even know what his proper age is, apparently thinking Cucumber is still nine. He much prefers his adventurous daughter.
- Pet the Dog: Bagel genuinely loves him dearly, and says that he's kinder than he seems. Literally, as stated on the April Fool's Day 2013 character page:Bacon: One time I saw him out on a balcony tossing money to the ducks. I asked him why and he just patted me on the head and walked away.
- What, Exactly, Is His Job?: Apparently has the title 'Lord' in King Croissant's court, but what he actually does is never made clear. Lampshaded by Gigi in Cabbage's old character bio.◊
"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.
- Nice Hat: It's a bagel.
- Rescue Romance: Cabbage saved her from a Jerk Jock—or rather, tried to, and got beaten up. Still, she was impressed enough that they started dating.
The Bakerette Sisters
Baguette: You meathead! Were you even watching where you were going, man?!A pair of sisters who run the Bakerette Bakery in Caketown.
Tartelette: You really ought to be more careful, hon. I don't want to be nasty, but—
Baguette: Are you kidding me, Tartelette?! Our lives were riding on that cake, man! Get nasty!
Tartelette: You really ought to be more careful, hon. I don't want to be nasty, but—
Baguette: Are you kidding me, Tartelette?! Our lives were riding on that cake, man! Get nasty!
Provides examples of:
- Early-Bird Cameo: You can see Tartelette decorating a cake in their shop when Cucumber first travels to the Caketown Castle.
- Edible Theme Naming: They're both named after baked goods, Baguette after a type of french bread and Tartelette is derived from 'tart'.
- Hero of Another Story: They get back to running their bakery while out heroes leave for bigger adventures. The extra comic in Cucumber Quest Book One tells us that they're going to face some competition in the baking world
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Baguette and Tartelette, respectively.
- Verbal Tic: Baguette uses 'man' and Tartelette uses 'hon' very frequently in their speech, to address other characters or just for the heck of it.
"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 thought that a Queen was just an "older, fatter princess" and interchangeable). 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.
Provides examples of:
- 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 and taught Nautilus her magic.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer / Large Ham: He's a pretty fair King, and he's also pretty goofy and eccentric.
- Chubby Mama, Skinny Papa: King Kelp is rather skinny, while his wife Queen Conch is more pudgy.
- Man Child: For a King he's very goofy and childish.
- Open-Minded Parent: He happily allows Nautilus to join Cucumber, Almond, and Carrot on their quest.
- Theme Naming: Named after Kelp. It goes with how the Ripple Kingdom is tropical beach themed.
- Younger Than They Look: Word of god says his moustache makes him look older than he really is.
"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!
Provides examples of:
"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", and the instrument piano is actually short for "pianoforte", "soft and loud". 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 try and take the edge off. This didn't work. Carrot still looks a bit downcast afterward about his situation, and it being made fun 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.
Provides examples of:
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Her cloak makes her look exactly like her namesake instrument.
- I Have Your Wife: Legato kidnapped her son.
- I'm a Doctor, Not a Placeholder: She's a mayor, not a poet. Despite living in a music-themed town, it doesn't seem to be her forte.
- Painful Rhyme: In-universe example. Her limerick about the legend of Count Legato is rather mediocre.
- Parrot Pet Position: When she's cast as a plant in Legato's play she also gets a fat little bird for her shoulder, which sticks around after Legato's magic is undone.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Her bangs occasionally obscure her glasses.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: She's a smart reliable Mayor, able to patch things up when the main conflict subsides.
- Stoic Spectacles: A female example.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: She initially comes off as a bit cold, but she's quite pleasant (and adorably awkward) once the heroes get to know her.
- She also loves her son Mandolin dearly, but when she learns he's been bullying other children, particularly one as small and weak as Panpipe, she won't stand for it.
"Call me 'R' for revitalized, darlings."The editor-in-chief of R Magazine and the "king" of fashion in Dreamside.
Provides examples of:
- Everything's Better with Princesses: Seems to be a believer of the fact, seeing how he gets inspired to throw the contest for "Princess R".
- Fashion Designer: "I ~always~ set the dress code."
- Fashion Magazine: Editor-in-chief of the biggest one in Dreamside.
- 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.
- Given Name Reveal: Rubus Brambleby.
- 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.
" "Mr. R's quiet assistant.
Provides examples of:
- Brainwashed: Was brainwashed by Rosemaster for the greater half of Chapter 3 into stealing the Hocus Crocus and helping Rosemaster gain power.
- Cool Shades: Wears them until she regains her memory of being the Flower Kingdom Princess.
- Facial Markings: The black patterns on her skin... fur... surface resemble vines with leaves, with flowers on the right side of her jaw and her left eye. They should make her easily recognizable, but context changes a lot.
- Has Two Mommies: Daddies, in this case— Aster and Sunflower.
- King Incognito: The heroes first meet her under the guise of Saturday.
- Really Royalty Reveal: Seemingly an expressionless assistant to Mr. R, she's revealed to be the actual princess who was brainwashed alongside all of her subjects.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Shortly after the heroes break her and her kingdom free from Mind Control, she steals the Dream Sword and rubs it in their faces.
Aster and Sunflower
Sunflower: It's fab, sir.Mr. R's two assistants who at times act as his spokespeople.
Aster: It's SO fab, sir.
Aster: It's SO fab, sir.
Provides examples of:
"I am far more fearsome than any Disaster Master..."The caretaker of the garden of Queen Lotus. He does not appreciate trespassers.
Provides examples of:
- Bathos/The Comically Serious: He's a "horrific-looking" ancient guardian who's a match for the Disaster Masters... who also likes puns as much as the next Dreamsider and gets upset when his are misunderstood. And the horrific-looking part? See below.
- Don't Explain the Joke: Because Reality Has No Subtitles, announcing his name as the caretaker of a garden just makes the heroes go "well of course he's a gardener."NO IT'S LIKE THE WORD "GUARD" AND—you know, forget it.
- Facial Horror: Boasts that even Rosemaster is horrified by his visage. Probably has something to do with the Uncanny Valley
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Often has one eye gleaming brightly and sinisterly from under his hood. It's because of the way his head is laid out. Only one eye can visibly gleam at once.
- Green Thumb: Able to control the plant minions he calls Guardlings. However, Rosemaster brainwashed some of them to turn them into her Roselings. Or at least, so he claims.
- In the Hood: Wears a hooded cloak, hiding his face in shadow.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Like most residents of Dreamside, he's some kind of bunny person. But instead of "anthropomorphic cartoon bunny", his face is a regular rabbit's drawn in a photorealistic style.
- Pungeon Master: Drops plant related ones, so much that his own Guardlings comment in shame and disbelief. Even he comments on the punny nature of his own name.
The Crystal Kingdom's princess. Mentioned by Princess Piano in the Melody Kingdom intermission, we finally got to meet her on page 734.
Provides examples of:
- Delinquent Hair: A sizable purple mohawk.
- Embarrassing Nickname: "Annie", by her mother the queen.
- Even the Girls Want Her: Piano certainly likes her, and Almond had blushed when she first met her.
- Meaningful Name: She was named after ametrine gemstones to go with the precious stone theme of the Crystal Kingdom.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: She makes it perfectly clear that she's setting off to stop Quakemaster, and was about to do so just as Cucumber and crew came to the Crystal Kingdom.
"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.
Provides examples of:
- Adventurer Outfit: The Airman variant, fitting as her job involves flying. The sun.
- Art Evolution: Compare Gigi's outdated design of her and the picture that shows up in extra content of Cucumber Quest Book One and her first actual appearance in the story.
- 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.
"Wowie-wow! Another sunshiny, funshiny day!"The planet's sun. He's a hot air balloon.
Provides examples of
Gherkin and Peanut
The first legendary hero and his sister, Cucumber and Almond's distant ancestors who defeated the Nightmare Knight 500,000 years ago.
Provides examples of
- All There in the Manual: Haven't appeared in the comic except for the very brief appearance in the extras of Cucumber Quest Book One, 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.
- The Hero's Journey: According to Gigi, their quest was a pretty standard rendition of this.
- 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
The second legendary hero and his sister, who fought the Nightmare Knight and defeated him.
Provides examples of
- Expy: Calabash and Walnut are intentionally similar to Cucumber and Almond. From what's been seen, they're basically a gender-flipped edition of the present heroes, with Calabash being Hot-Blooded and Walnut voicing 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 led to more cycles of the Nightmare Knight and the Disaster Masters appearing, as well as causing the Nightmare Knight to give up on offers of peace.
- Posthumous Character: They defeated the Nightmare Knight a long time ago, and have only shown up briefly in flashbacks.