Characters: Rusty and Co.
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Three stalwart Monster Adventurers who decided that this life was better than sticking around in the dungeon.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Parodied. It's implied all of the main trio suffer from this.
- Monster Adventurers
MimicThe charismatic Mimic is, despite the title, the main character.
- Ambiguous Gender: Used as a one-off joke where a siren is waiting to seduce some random male humanoid.
- Chest Monster: Unusually, he seems to be subpar in the combat department, though he does have the characteristic toughness (see Iron Butt Monkey below).
- A Dog Named Dog: A mimic named Mimic.
- Face Palm: No, Mimic has neither face nor palm. Yes, he can still facepalm nonetheless.
- Glamour Failure: Mimic's lips are visible regardless of his form.
- Good Angel, Bad Angel: Parodied: both angels advise him to do the exact same thing — Violence Really Is the Answer — just phrasing it differently. He even lampshades it, saying "Aren't you two supposed to disagree?"
- Iron Butt Monkey: He gets hurt pretty often, but usually only seems mildly inconvenienced by it, even when fully pierced by a massive spike. Maybe he can shapeshift new organs to replace the damaged ones?
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: Of all people, Mimic has one.
- Medium Awareness
- Only Sane Man: Well, Only Sane Mimic.
- Shapeshifter Default Form: Mimic can technically takes the shape of any "inanimate" object, but he's most commonly seen as a treasure chest with a large, toothy mouth and red lips.
- Speech-Bubbles Interruption: Mimic has a tendency to do this. Or to have it done to him, alternatively.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Well, yeah. He's a mimic, it's his thing.
RustyAn absurdly cute rust monster whose favorite line is "Eat [metallic object]?"
- Big Eater: Of anything metallic.
- Extreme Omnivore: As long as it's metal, Rusty will want to eat it. At least he (usually) asks first...
- Lethal Joke Character: Rusty's no good for fighting, but the ability to rust (and then dissolve) any metallic object is about as useful as you'd imagine in a world where a majority of the weapons and armor are made of some sort of metal.
- Mad Libs Catchphrase: "Eat X?" where X is some metallic item. It's also about the only thing that Rusty says.
- Mascot: The comic title sports his name, he features on the site's logo and the main merchandise is of him, but he's still not the main character.
- OOC Is Serious Business: Roxy knows that Madeline must be important to Rusty, since he refrained from eating her armor. Also when he actually says something else than "Eat X".
- Ridiculously Cute Critter
- When All You Have Is a Hammer: "Eat X" is Rusty's solution to about every problem.
Cube, a. k. a. Gelly CThe silent yet deadly Gelatinous Cube
- Big Damn Hero: You can expect Cube to pull this off at least once per issue.
- Big Eater: If Rusty doesn't get to it first, you can expect Cube to eat it.
- The Big Guy: He's by far the strongest fighter on The Team.
- Blob Monster: Well, yeah.
- A Dog Named Dog
- Happily Married
- Katanas Are Just Better: Cube's Weapon of Choice during Level 6, when he's dressed up as a Samurai.
- Le Parkour: Mimic claims Cube knows this. It's not like there's any other explanation how he ended up suspended between two buildings, several stories in the air.
- Single-Stroke Battle: While dressed up as a samurai during Level 6.
- The Speechless: Justified because, well, it's a gelatinous cube.
- Stripped to the Bone: Cube's victims.
- Weaksauce Weakness: He can't dissolve synthetic fabric.
Every level thus far has featured an female character who connects and adventures with them. After the first three, the girls also started reappearing.
- Action Girl: All of them.
- In-Series Nickname: Everyone except the Princess (The readers still haven't learned her name) and Stabs ("Stabs" is her nickname) has one. Madeline has "Maddy", Roxanne has "Roxy", Prestige has "Presti" and "P", and Yuan-Tiffany has "Y.T.".
The PrincessA human monk (with a few levels in Dungeonmaster's Girlfriend), the princess is anything but a damsel in distress.
- Anti-Heroine: She smokes, wears revealing clothes, is greedy, loves a wight, and has no qualm at all beating up a bunch of mind-controlled innocent bystanders.
- Badass Princess: Natch.
- Bare-Fisted Monk
- Bare Your Midriff
- Cool Hat: Her hennin (which she wears all the time) is her only concession to the classic princess look.
- Damsel in Distress: Subverted, naturally. The Princess is actually very good at combat.
- Dungeonmaster's Girlfriend: She claims to have taken a level (or more) in this "VERY obscure and VERY powerful prestige class" when she was imprisoned.
- Everyone Calls Her Princess: Her real name has not yet been given.
- Eyes Always Shut: Though whether it's because of Artistic License or that the makeup she wears just obscures her eyes isn't known.
- Girl Meets Wight
- The Lad-ette
- Multicolored Hair: Purple with a blonde lock.
- Nice Hat: She's never seen without one.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: She really should take off her hat first.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The Princess goes on one (and later almost refers to it as such by name) after her wight boyfriend is turned by a cleric or necromancer.
- Smoking Is Cool
Dame Madeline Goodlaw (a.k.a. Madeline the Paladin)A human paladin, who makes up for her lack of intelligence with superior fighting ability... most of the time.
- Back from the Dead: Courtesy of a Raise Dead spell arranged and paid for by Mimic, after she died saving him from Grinner's dynamite.
- Badass Adorable: Arguably the most badass character in the cast, definitely the most adorable.
- Beware the Nice Ones: When she throws down, she throws down hard. A lava bath doesn't even slow her down when she confronts the Grinner.
- Blindfolded Vision: Madeline seems to do something similar, at least — whenever she's actively fighting something, she closes her eyes. This practice has lead to quite a bit of Wild Mass Guessing as to why she does so in the reader comments, with theories ranging from divine guidance to disliking the sight of violence.
- The Cape: She's the most classically heroic protagonist. Bonus points for actually wearing a cape.
- Clap Your Hands If You Believe: With Madeline's first two weapons, the question of how she could fight so well with garden implements could have just been her own badass fighting skills, because the holy avenger and vorpal powers did not clearly manifest. However, her pitchfork clearly has magical powers, and so it's clear that her belief is endowing them with them.
- Crush Blush: Talking of Derek the Cleric.
- The Cutie: Despite being one of the most Badass characters in the comic.
- Detect Evil: Through smell.
- The Ditz: Maddy is... not particularly smart, at least in the intellectual sense. Doesn't stop her from being a stone-cold Badass, though.
- Evil Knockoff: The hipster vampires try this on her. It doesn't exactly go as planned.
- Gold and White Are Divine: The visual effect for healing hands.
- Healing Hands: Through "the power of the gods".
- Heavenly Blue: Her Smite.
- Heroic Sacrifice: She dies protecting Mimic from Grinner's dynamite.
- Holy Hand Grenade: The smite, it appears, is for zombies.
- Improbable Weapon User: Madeline's hoe. Later the same gnome who sold her that offers for sale a +1 Trident (a.k.a. a rake). And the next time Madeline appears, she wields a spade. But then, she can kick butt with both of them.
- And most recently she turned a pitchfork into a Trident Of Warning.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: The vampire uses the Python to pull out her Evil Side, resulting in... a two-inch tall Anti-Madeline.Madeline: I'm sorry! Guess I don't have a lot of Evil in me.
- Intrinsic Vow: The weakness of a dominate over her is that she can't do anything against her nature.
- Lady Legionnaire Wear: Her default outfit.
- Lawful Good: One of the best examples on the whole Internet.
- Meaningful Name: A paladin named Goodlaw. Not very subtle.
- Modesty Shorts: Madeline is sensibly wearing (anachronistic) biker shorts under her leather skirt.
- Off with His Head!: In Level 6, she is carrying a vorpal halberd (which used to be a shovel) and uses it to one-shot a Remorhaz.
- Our Angels Are Different: They appear when she uses Healing Hands!
- The Paladin: One of the best examples on the Internet.
- Prongs of Poseidon: Recieves a +2 Trident Of Warning from Zar the Psion just before returning to Reality in Level 7. Bloods it against a girallon in strip #61.
- Its power of detecting hostile aquatic life saves her from a nasty trap in this strip.
- Prophecies Rhyme All the Time: Which Mimic
- Rhymes on a Dime
- Shovel Strike: Madeline's weapon of choice in Level 6.
- Spin to Deflect Stuff: Madeline shows us how it's done in the page image for this trope.
- Sticks to the Back: Madeline's hoe.
- Stupid Good: On occasion. Such as condoling with a monster that still has a companion of hers in a chokehold.
- Took a Level in Badass: Offscreen; every time she reappears she's ground out a lot of levels.
Roxanne CasbaughAn elven bard who was raised by barbarians.
- Action Survivor: See Guile Heroine below.
- The Bard: Duh.
- Blinding Bangs: While mingling with the Pixie Chicks.
- Charm Person: Her music can manipulate the emotions of others, which is useful for distractions.
- Chekhov's Skill: Roxanne is seen whittling an axe handle and a pointer stick/drawing stylus. Later in the chapter, she combines her massive Whittling score with her Bard class to make a dog whistle in the middle of a pack of gnolls.
- Expressive Accessory: The feather atop Roxanne's Nice Hat flops down or straightens up depending on her mood.
- Guile Heroine: She isn't a full-on Action Girl like the rest of the team, and instead picks up the slack with her wits and a dab of Magic Music.
- The Leader: The level-headed sort, she's the one to take charge when Mimic and Cube are captured by Grinner.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: She's seen learning the Shout spell with help from Presti at the start of Level 7. It comes in handy later.
- The Medic: As a Bard, she's got access to a host of Healing Hands abilities, and is the character most frequently seen using them.
- Music for Courage: To the complaints of her companions.
- Nice Hat: She has a big, two-colored turban-like headwear with a huge feather.
- Our Elves Are Better: Mostly averted. Roxy rarely if ever acts uppity or otherwise different from other species just because she's an elf.
- Pointy Ears: Really long ones, since she's an elf.
- Punny Name: It's a nod to "Rock the Casbah".
- Quirky Bard: Averted; she might be a bard but still is a force to be reckoned with.
- Royal Rapier: Stabs lends her one during the Level 7 adventure.
- Wandering Minstrel
Stabitha "Stabs" DooganA cheerful and easy-to-anger halfling rogue, who likes treasure.
- The Bartender: After getting lots of loot in an adventure, she bought the bar called "Ye Old Proverbial Hook".
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: Everyone calls her "Stabs".
- Fantastic Slur: She refers to Medium-sized species as "twicelings".
- Fiery Redhead: Big time. Stabs is very easy to anger or excite.
- Halfling: Her species.
- Knife Nut: Best exemplified when she meets Presti, and she pulls out twelve daggers at once.
- The Napoleon: Her shorter size lends her some rather obvious animosity towards her Medium-sized allies.
- The Nose Knows: It's a Halfling trait.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: The smallest protagonist, and one of the best fighters.
Prestige PerkinsAn overeager human wizard, who works as a law enforcement official for the Princess. Easily excitable.
- Added Alliterative Appeal: Prestige Perkins, practiced practitioner of practical prestidigitation.
- Alliterative Name / Meaningful Name
- BFG: Her second "Badger Launcher" is a literal bazooka that fires rhinos.
- Deadpan Snarker: She's always got a quip ready for any occasion.
- Fireball: Prestige, being at least a level 5 wizard, can cast one, but prefers to save it for big fights.
- Gadgeteer Genius: She manages to link together a couple of minor magic items into a gun that fires badgers, and later upgrades to a weightless bazooka that fires rhinos.
- Genki Girl: Initially. There's a bit of Characterization Marches On when it comes to this trope.
- Guile Heroine: She has an oddly high success rate for bluffing her way out of things for a Wizard.
- Oh My Gods!: Her reaction to Mimic and Cube's trap.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: It's her ability to fake an illithid's smell that helps pull this off.
- Purple Is Powerful: All of her outfits are some variation of purple.
- Sassy Black Woman: As a Deadpan Snarker and the Token Minority of the main cast.
- Skirt over Slacks: Her wizard robes.
- Small Girl, Big Gun: Presti isn't small, but her "MK-II Badger Launcher" is positively huge.
- Try and Follow: She manages to bluff a illithid into jumping out a window.
- Vancian Magic: As a wizard, she's forced to follow this system. Her Color Spray spells even have the Unsound Effect "Vance!" to serve as a Visual Pun nod to this trope.
Y.T. (formerly known as Yuan-Tiffany)A lamia (formerly a yuan-ti) with red braids and a distinctive Western accent. Notable for working both against and with the group at different points.
- Cute Monster Girl
- Enemy Mine: Why she teamed up with the trio against the hipster vampires.
- Guile Heroine: She prefers deception (pretending to be human to lure the group in) and cleverness (calling in a garlic pizza order for the hipster vampires) over direct confrontation.
- Retcon: Due to legal issues, she went from being a yuan-ti to a lamia.
- Snake People: As a lamia/yuan-ti. It's implied there are others.
- Sssssnake Talk: Coupled with a Western accent.
These guys are generally evil, when they aren't being funny.
CalamitusThe ultimately cliché Evil Sorcerer, much to his detriment.
- Arch-Enemy: To the Princess, for having kidnapped her and moreso for having killed her wight boyfriend.
- Collapsing Lair: Attempts to destroy the party by bringing his lair down on their heads, but the Cube intervenes just on time.
- Evil Gloating
- Evil Laugh
- Evil Sorcerer: Revels in this.
- The Faceless
- Failed a Spot Check: Calamitus turns missing the obvious into an art form. His first appearance saw him spying on the heroes using a crystal ball, and completely failing to notice they're standing right in front of him. Another appearance has him brainwashing civilians and sending them to attack the Princess. He starts gloating about how she is alignment-bound from harming innocents, and when he finally pays a look at the room, let's just say he understands he has misjudged her alignment a bit.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom
- Harmless Villain: Played with. Even though he is not a very smart villain, he is a powerful enough sorcerer to present some challenge to the group. He is also very hard to kill due to his necromantic powers.
- In the Hood
- Large Ham: He seems to be absolutely incapable of talking without hamming it up.
- Laughably Evil: Oh yes.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Another staple of the standard cliche evil sorcerer.
- Necromancer: How he was able to turn Whitey. Considering that he came back after being eaten by Cube, it is probably safe to assume he's also a lich.
- Shock and Awe
- Warmup Boss: The first villain the party encounters, and not a very good one at that. He takes a slight level in badass by the time the group reaches level 4, but is still as silly as ever.
PlaidbeardA dwarven pirate with an unusually odd-colored beard.
- Boastful Rap: In his rap battle with Mimic.
- Butt Monkey: He's pretty much been this since his first appearance.
- Captain Colorbeard
- Dressed to Plunder
- Our Dwarves Are All the Same: Subverted; as a plaid-bearded dwarf pirate, he breaks the mold a bit.
- Reality Warper: When he gets a hold of the Belt of Genre Changing.
- Talk Like a Pirate
- Unmoving Plaid: His beard, obviously.
The GrinnerA charming gnoll bandit with a killer smile. Literally.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: He definitely learned from his first defeat, and used that information to curb stomp the group.
- Half the Gnoll He Used to Be: Courtesy of Robespierre.
- Pulling Themselves Together: Offscreen (and with a few parts replaced), but he did this.
- Taking You with Me: Declares that he's going to do this to Cube. Stabs makes sure he doesn't get to pull it off.
- Villainous Breakdown: After the crew fall face-first into his meticulously constructed ambush but it fails anyway, his suave facade falls apart into Angrish in three pages flat.
SlobberA gnoll with the face of a pug and a cousin of The Grinner.
- Bouncer: Becomes one for Stabs, keeping people out unless they can give him a riddle he can't answer.
- Dumb Muscle: He is very big and strong, but not particularly intelligent and frequently goofs up his orders.
- Punch Clock Villain: As soon as Grinner is defeated, his next line is "You hiring?". He proceeds to become a bouncer for Stabitha's bar.
Don PolpoLeader of the illithid mafia.
- The Don
- Fat Bastard: He's packing the pounds, compared to his underlings.
- Meaningful Name: Polpo is octopus in Italian. It's fitting for an illithid.
- The Mafia: He sits at the head of a fantastic counterpart of this.
- The Voiceless: His minions do all the talking.
Hipster Vampires (A.K.A. "Ezra and Koenig")A brother and sister, and oh so hip.
- Big Bad: "Koenig", the male, is the one calling the shots, and whose plan started the whole Level 6 adventure.
- Black Eyes of Crazy: Black eyes with yellow pupils.
- Cute Little Fangs
- Does Not Like Shoes: "Ezra" initially just wore flip-flops, and those are not terribly fitting for running around and fighting, so she soon stays barefoot.
- The Dragon: "Ezra", the female, is the one most willing to tussle physically with the heroes.
- Gender-Blender Name: "Ezra"
- Hipster: It's even pointed out in their description on the cast page.
- Hypnotic Eyes: Used on Madeline.
- Immortality Hurts: A running gag with "Ezra".
- It's Quiet... Too Quiet: So cliché!
- Losing Your Head: A vampire can indeed survive this. Cube finally counters her regeneration by twisting the head backward.
- Off with Her Head!: Happens to "Ezra"... at least half a dozen times already.
- Seen It All
- Siblings in Crime
- The Unpronounceable: The brother claims their names are this, which leads to them being given nicknames.
- Wardrobe Wound: "Ezra" cares more for the damage done to her dress than to her regenerating body.Ezra: That dress was vintage!
- Weaksauce Weakness: "Koenig" gets reduced to a skeleton through his trendy gluten intolerance.