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'''The Order of the Stick''' | [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickTeamEvil Team Evil]] | [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickTheLinearGuild The Linear Guild]] | [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickTheOrderOfTheScribble The Order of the Scribble]] | [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickAzureCity Azure City]] | [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickGreyskyCity Greysky City]] | [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickTheEmpireOfBlood The Empire of Blood]] | [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickNorthernLands Northern Lands]] | [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickAnimalCompanions Animal Companions]] | [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickDivineBeings Divine Beings]] | [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickOthers Others]]

!The Order of the Stick
[[caption-width-right:350:From right to left: [[TheLeader Roy Greenhilt]], [[TheReliableOne Durkon Thundershield]], [[TheLancer Haley Starshine]], [[QuirkyBard Elan]], [[SquishyWizard Vaarsuvius]], [[TeamPet Mr. Scruffy]], [[NonHumanSidekick Blackwing]] and [[TokenEvilTeammate Belkar Bitterleaf]].]]

For the Order's animal companions (Mr. Scruffy, Blackwing, and Bloodfeast), see [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickAnimalCompanions Animal Companions]].

For Banjo, see [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickDivineBeings Divine Beings]].

[[folder:In General]]

->'''Roy:''' Let my people handle this, we're trained professionals. Well, we're [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits semi-trained, quasi-professionals, at any rate]].

Led by Roy Greenhilt, the Order is a group of six [[PlayerCharacter PCs]] (plus a familiar and later two animal companions), out to destroy the evil lich Xykon and prevent him from [[TakeOverTheWorld taking over]] (or worse, [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt destroying]]) the world.


* BadassCrew: Definitely.
** Hold the defense of Azure City together almost by themselves.
** After the [[spoiler:destruction of Girard's gate]], the much-depleted Order still poses a credible threat to an entire army of FacelessGoons.
* CasualDangerDialog: The whole order gets up to this regularly, due to abuse of TalkingIsAFreeAction and the fact that they're {{Deadpan Snarker}}s. Vaarsuvius and Belkar, however, especially stand out, the former being generally unafraid (of combat), and the latter being a FearlessFool. Elan gets to do this whenever it's narratively appropriate, due to being a bard, and Roy gets quite a bit due to the fact that his sheer exasperation and[=/=]or frustration with the absurdity of the Order's circumstances overshadow his fears.
* DeusExitMachina:
** Vaarsuvius is removed from several fights due to being too powerful, such as falling off the wall during the battle of Azure City, absent from most of the fleet fights, temporarily thrown into an alternate realm of ranch dressing beings, falling down a booby trap during a panic attack...
** Removing Durkon from the equation is just as tough. He was the only match for the druid Leeky, he's Roy's best friend, and until Elan invested in learning some spells, the only healer. Hence things getting really tense when [[spoiler:he's turned into a vampire by Malack.]]
* DestructiveSaviour:
** During the first story arc, they defeat Xykon and drive off his minions, saving the world. Then they blow up the Dungeon of Dorukan because Elan [[WhatDoesThisButtonDo can't resist]] activating the [[SchmuckBait Self-Destruct Rune]].
** During their stay at an inn, they foil an assassination attempt on a visiting king, but Belkar inadvertently sets off the assassins' explosives and destroys the inn. Sensing a pattern?
** Azure City's castle also blows up not too long after their visit, but here they can hardly be blamed for it... at least not directly.
--->'''Vaarsuvius:''' It is troubling that we can now recognize our failures by immediate auditory familiarity.
** And [[spoiler:Girard's Pyramid can be added to the list.]] This time it is fully intentional, though, the Order having no other choice.
* FireForgedFriends: They build significantly more mutual trust once their goals escalate from loot (and/or justice and/or murder) to defending the world against clear and present threats.
* AFriendInNeed: Not all of them, but mutual assistance is common. Most noticeable -- using the trope name -- when Roy offers [[spoiler:to let vampire Durkon drink his blood]], and Elan and Haley jump to offer as well.
* GoodCounterpart: To the Linear Guild.
* GuysSmashGirlsShoot: All the guys are melee fighters (even Belkar, which makes no sense for a halfling ranger), except for Haley the archer, and the ambiguously-gendered elf wizard Vaarsuvius. Downplayed somewhat in that Belkar can use his daggers as throwing knives, but he probably just prefers the hands-on approach, and with [[MagicKnight Durkon mixing it up with divine magic]]. Briefly inverted when Haley takes Roy's sword [[spoiler:(to change the target of an elemental that was ordered to kill "[[ExactWords the human with the greatsword]]" first)]] and Roy takes up Haley's bow.
* JustifiedTitle: The team name (and the webcomic title) were originally just a reference to the drawing style, but it got a justification in the ''Recap/OnTheOriginOfPCs'' prequel. See Line-of-Sight Name below.
* LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards: Why Vaarsuvius and Durkon are often given a DeusExitMachina during plot-important fights.
* LineOfSightName: In response to his teammates' lame attempts at coming up with a name for their group based on ridiculous things (like the fact that they were hired in a tavern, a trait that most adventuring groups share, or that it was a cloudy day), Roy sarcastically suggested they call themselves "the Order of the Stick" because there was a stick on the ground. To his dismay, the name struck a chord with everyone else.
* LukeNounverber: Everyone whose last name we know follows this formula.
* MeaningfulName: The above Line-of-Sight Name is in-story justification from the {{Prequel}}. The true reason for the name is, [[CaptainObvious naturally]], that they are {{Stick Figure|Comic}}s.
* MinMaxing: Averted. None of the characters have made perfect builds, often making choices that fit their characters, rather than what makes them the most effective. Durkon's focus on healing, for instance, or Roy's high intelligence. Elan explicitly does this when he starts branching into healing magic (a result of his experience swith Therkla) -- however, Elan's build is also the most optimized of the party given that his strongest stat (Charisma) is the primary stat used for both his base and prestige classes (this adds a bit of irony, considering that it's [[TheDitz Elan]]).
* PlayerCharacter: Explicitly described as such in-universe, even though the distinction [=PCs/NPCs=] becomes a bit unclear when there are no actual players behind the MainCharacters.
%% * PlayerParty
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: To quote ''On the Origin of [=PCs=]'':
-->'''Roy:''' The rogue is [[TheLancer ambitious]] and {{greed}}y, the ranger [[TokenEvilTeammate is a complete psychopath]], the wizard is [[StuffBlowingUp trigger-happy]] [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness and never stops talking]], and [[TheFool the bard is as dumb as a box of moldy carrots]]!\\
'''Durkon:''' As I recall, ye called me "[[GrumpyBear surly and unpleasant]]" shortly after ye met me. [...] Maybe all these folks need is [[TheLeader a good strong leader like ye ta whip 'em inta shape]].
* ReleasingFromThePromise: Originally they were held together by a contract until Xykon was destroyed. They continued after its condition was apparently fulfilled, though, and when Roy discovered that Xykon was still alive (well, not dead), he destroyed the contract, not wishing to hold them together by compulsion.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple or TwoGirlsToATeam: With Haley, depending on Vaarsuvius's actual gender.
* TheTeam:
** TheLeader: Roy Greenhilt calls the shots.
** NumberTwo: Haley Starshine is the official second-in-command and [[TheLancer is a greedy thief to contrast the duty-bound warrior]]. She eventually becomes his adviser on devious lines of thought.
** TheBigGuy: There are three of these in different ways:
*** CombatMedic: Durkon Thundershield wears armor and has a spell that makes him huge.
*** BloodKnight: Belkar is the bloodthirsty one who mainly contributes with physical prowess.
*** BlackMage: Vaarsuvius specializes in offensive magic and mostly goes around [[StuffBlowingUp blowing stuff up]].
** TheSmartGuy: The Order has four:
*** Vaarsuvius is your traditional wizard who weaponizes their intellgence and is a big fan of SesquipedalianLoquaciousness.
*** Roy, as the leader, is the strategic mastermind and has a mind as sharp as the Greenhilt sword.
*** Haley is cunning enough to analyze cons, tricks or schemes, which is what makes her an effective NumberTwo.
*** Even [[GeniusDitz Elan]] can be this when it comes to the [[MetaGuy comic's]] [[GenreSavvy narrative]] and examining narrative phenomena in play (such as knowing anything that is a "million in one chance" guaranteed to happen).
** TheHeart:
*** Elan is most definitely this, [[HairOfGoldHeartOfGold being the sweetest, kindest and most empathetic member of the team.]] Durkon himself mentions he is the heart and soul of the team when planning to save him.
*** Durkon himself is the most stable, mature and [[TheReliableOne reliable]] member through his dedication and solid personality. He can be counted on whenever madness is going on (barring the dwarves' irrational paranoia involving ''trees.'')
** SixthRanger: Miko and Celia both occupy the spot for a while. So does Yukyuk... [[{{Brainwashed}} kinda]].
* TookALevelInBadass: Considering the RPGVerse nature of the comic, everyone in the Order gains literal levels in their respective classes as they overcome obstacles. Beyond that, they also function better as a team. As Roy puts it in #1063: "It's just the most probable outcome given how strong my party is these days. We're not the team that freaks out, fights among themselves and runs away anymore." In the same encounter, Haley also notes that they can easily handle enemies that they used to run-away from.
* TrueCompanions: Although they have a rocky start, they do evolve into this with time. Sealed when Roy rips up his teammates' initial contracts and gives them the choice to pursue the quest on their own choice. Even [[TokenEvilTeammate Belkar]] has stuck with them till now, despite a few opportunities to defect to the evil side.
* WithFriendsLikeThese: The comic was at the start all about this. The group's various dysfunctions sometimes look even more insurmountable than many of their enemies.
-->'''Roy:''' Wow. [[TemptingFate It's refreshing to not have to jump through hoops to convince the members of my own party to participate in a mission.]]\\
'''Vaarsuvius:''' Can anyone endeavor to explain why in the unspoken names of the infernal dimensions we are wasting our precious time at this insignifiant mudhole???
* YouAllMeetInAnInn: EnforcedTrope. Yes, the Order's initial recruitment was held in a tavern, on Elan's insistence, because it is traditional.

[[folder:Roy Greenhilt]]
!!Roy Greenhilt

->''"Is that another 'Fighters are dumb' crack?"''

->'''Race:''' Human\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Class:''' Fighter\\
'''Alignment:''' [[LawfulGood Beleaguered Good]] [-(according to the Adventure Game)-]

A very intelligent human warrior with an ancestral sword and a serious problem with his unsupportive father ("Powerful mage, Devoted husband, [[ParentsAsPeople Passable father]]"), Roy is the leader of the Order of the Stick. Deals with copious amounts of stress daily, often due to somewhat... er... [[WithFriendsLikeThese unreliable]] teammates. Sworn to kill Xykon as part of his father's BloodOath.
* AmazonChaser: Played with. Immediately after finding out that [[ThePaladin Miko]] was female he started hitting on her, but after realizing that she's a {{jerkass}}, he stopped his pursuit just as quickly. Afterwards he started a relationship with the [[NiceGirl much nicer]] ActualPacifist Celia, but she is [[ShockAndAwe by no means weak]] and fights in courts of law.
* AncestralWeapon: He inherited the Greenhilt sword, his Grandfather's greatsword, from which his family owes its name.
* BackFromTheDead: It took quite a bit longer than you'd expect in this kind of world.
* BadassNormal: No inherent magic whatsoever, in a world where LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards is in full effect. Despite this he has been able to take on foes even when seriously outnumbered and outleveled, and is the leader of [[BadassCrew the Order of the Stick.]] It's also highly likely that he has the best stats in the group, see JackOfAllStats
* BaldBlackLeaderGuy: Though significantly more snarky than the traditional example.
* BaldOfAwesome: Started shaving his head in fighter college. A family trait, apparently.
* BaldWoman: While under the effect of the [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0235.html Girdle of Femininity/Masculinity]].
* BattleAura: Roy manifests an impressive one [[spoiler:through the power of his Starmetal sword during his fight against vampire Durkon when he finally gets over his denial]].
* BerserkButton:
** As seen during the first confrontation with Xykon:
--->'''Roy:''' [+ [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0112.html YOU!]] [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0113.html BROKE!]] [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0114.html MY!]] [[PunctuatedForEmphasis SWORD!]] +]
** And also:
--->'''Roy:''' Bad guys not remembering their evil deeds is something of a pet peeve of mine.
** But those are ''nothing'' compared to his fury when [[spoiler:[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots1009.html Vampire Durkon taunts him about his baby brother's death]]]].
* {{BFS}}: He wields a greatsword that is almost as long as he is tall.
* BlackAndNerdy: In college. He was unpopular, studied nearly 24/7 in a library, and was once hung from a flagpole by his underwear. It was [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0855.html fighter college]].
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: [[spoiler:With regard to the main characters, though he got better and a good chunk of the ''Don't Split The Party'' arc was dedicated to making it happen. When it does, Haley gladly returns to her former position as NumberTwo. All together, the racial aspect of this trope is moot]].
* BlueIsHeroic: He is the main character and blue is the predominant color on his armor.
* BodyguardBetrayal: Performs this [[spoiler:against Durkon]] when he is informed that there are no rules against this [[spoiler: at the Godsmoot when he learns that Durkon has been deceiving him into consigning every dwarf everywhere to eternal torment.]]
* CallingYourAttacks: "Great Cleave!" Note that this is standard for the setting, though -- calling your attacks is how you make them.
* CameBackStrong: [[spoiler:Roy trains with his dead grandpa during his stay in heaven, and learns a new sword technique when he comes back. Played with, because since this is an RPG-rules mechanics universe and Roy was brought back with a Resurrection spell, logically, within the context of the universe, he'd have lost a level upon being brought back to life.]]
* CarryABigStick: Temporarily, while his sword was broken.
* {{Catchphrase}}: "NOT THE POINT!"
* ChangedMyMindKid: Roy does this to Elan after the latter is captured by bandits. The inevitable rescue is then hilariously {{subverted}}.
* CharacterDevelopment: Goes from using his teammates as a means to an end to AFatherToHisMen. He also listens to the team more and considers their input before making a decision, to the point where he even starts trusting Belkar to an extent.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: His degrees in Fighter College are certainly paying for themselves. Despite not ''technically'' knowing any magic, Belkar once pointed out that he is as strong as a giant and once survived being impaled on the horn of a triceratops ''and'' on his own sword in the space of less than a minute with few ill effects, shortly after being chewed on by a gigantic allosaurus. In the same strip, he casually grabs a rope two experienced sailors were visibly wrestling with and easily holds it without apparent effort.
* ChekhovsSkill: Roy learns [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0600.html to time his strikes so a caster's spellcasting fizzles.]] It comes in handy later, albeit the first time is just a fantasy.
* CombatPragmatist: He's willing to resort to underhanded tactics if his opponent is powerful enough that he can't win a straight fight. During his arena duel with Thog, he uses discarded crossbow bolts and a [[GrievousBottleyHarm potion bottle]] as improvised weapons, [[AHandfulForAnEye chucks a handful of sand into Thog's face to blind him]], and finally wins by goading Thog into collapsing part of the ceiling on himself.
* CoolSword: His grandfather's AncestralWeapon, a greatsword. Now it has been reforged with [[ThunderboltIron Starmetal alloy]] which causes it to [[PowerGlows glow]] with green anti-undead energy. [[spoiler:And further in the story, it becomes a Weapon of Legacy, and he discovers that should he lose it, he can summon it to teleport back to him.]]
* {{Counterspell}}: Fighter style. The technique he learned from his late grandfather is designed to interrupt spellcasting, thus giving him an edge versus spellcasters in a world where LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards is in effect. It is later revealed that it's a SecretArt called the Spellsplinter Maneuver, and there's no Fighter alive who knows it anymore.
* DeadpanSnarker: Roy's coping mechanism for the insanity he endures is a near-constant output of sarcasm. He eventually grows somewhat out of it, [[spoiler: when it comes to his father,]] at least.
* DeadPersonConversation: With his father, thanks to the spiritual link granted by the Greenhilt sword. When the sword is broken, Roy's just TalkingToTheDead. He doesn't realize it, he just thinks his dad can't be bothered to appear to him.
* DeathIsCheap: [[spoiler:Subverted; it takes a long time to resurrect Roy due to Durkon being separated from Roy's corpse. It was also quite expensive on a monetary level, since resurrection requires diamonds]].
* DespairEventHorizon: Very nearly [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0881.html crosses it]] [[spoiler:when Durkon gets vamped]]. ''[[TokenEvilTeammate Belkar]]'' of all people pulls him back. He's still in HeroicBSOD mode, though [[spoiler:until Durkon regains his free will]].
* DiagonalCut:
** Roy against [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0497.html an evil warrior]] in the afterlife -- with "QUARTER" as an UnsoundEffect.
** And again, a perfect Great Cleave inflicted on [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0861.html five mummies]].
* EmpoweredBadassNormal:
** His Belt of Giant Strength increases his already great strength to superhuman levels.
** His Starmetal sword also gives him a serious boost, [[spoiler:especially during the fight against the High Priest of Hel, where it manifests as an impressive BattleAura.]]
* EtTuBrute: [[spoiler:When the High Priest of Hel reveals his true colors, Roy, mistaking it for an EvilAllAlong Durkon, is left in utter shock.]]
* EurekaMoment:
-->'''Roy:''' [[spoiler:I understand. ''[snaps out of Domination]'' '''YOU'RE NOT DURKON AT ALL!!!''']]
* FatalFlaw: Not paying enough attention to what's going on around (because of a crappy [[FailedASpotCheck Spot Check]] and lack of Sense Motive), and thinking he knows more about a situation than he actually does. As illustrated in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0362.html "Grand Theft Identity"]]. [[spoiler: Even worse, crossing into PoorCommunicationKills, with the vampire Durkon situation. He refuses to listen when Belkar tries to tell him, bluntly, "That isn't Durkon. It's something ''possessing'' Durkon," though vampire Durkon's quick use of his vampire powers whenever anyone ''too'' reliable tries to share the information is at least partially to blame.]]
* AFatherToHisMen: Albeit after some CharacterDevelopment. Before that, he was the only one who refused to rescue Elan from the bandits.
* {{First|LawOfGenderBending}}, {{Second|LawOfGenderBending}} and ThirdLawOfGenderBending: Roy subverts all three. He isn't stuck as a woman because he's traveling with a cleric who can break the curse; he [[DiscussedTrope observes]] that having different hormones is distracting but doesn't act stereotypically feminine while wearing the belt; and he doesn't prefer it to his original gender, despite Durkon checking whether he really wants to change back.
* FiveStagesOfGrief: Roy experiences these following [[spoiler: Durkon's vampirization.]] He goes through Denial, Anger and Bargaining all in the same page, spends the following one on Depression, and then gets to Acceptance after [[spoiler: seeing Durkon again in Girard's epic illusion.]] Unfortunately, [[spoiler: the High Priests's Durkon-act]] shifts him back into Denial for some time.
* FriendToPsychos: Roy is kind of like this to Belkar, even putting in a good word to get the psychopathic halfling out of prison. Although in his case, it's more from realizing that the HeroicComedicSociopath is better off in his charge, where he can keep him "pointed at the bad guys", rather than placing his bets on the idea that any prison can hold Belkar.
* GenderBender: While wearing the Belt of Masculinity/Femininity.
* GeniusBruiser: One wonders how many points this excellent fighter allocated into Int, and how many people who must have given him crap for it at the time are singing a different tune now.
-->'''Roy:''' [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0808.html THAT'S how I use my Intelligence score in combat, DUMBASS!!!]]
* GenreBlind: Usually quite savvy, but he is [[spoiler:so guilt-ridden over Durkon's death and desperate to believe Durkon is OK, that he is easily completely manipulated by the High Priest of Hel.]]
* GoodCounterpart:
** Played for laughs when he is pushed into this role for Thog. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0795.html Roy finds it offensive]]. Which is a CallBack to [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/ootscast.html The Order of the Stick character page]].
--->'''Roy:''' ''[sullenly forced to read dialog]'' Grr. Roy smash puny kobolds.
** A more accurate mirror counterpart would be Tarquin, because they are both intelligent fighters and (allegedly) leaders of their team. Tarquin relishes the chance to face him.
* GoodIsNotNice: Make no doubt that he's a heroic character, but he has little tact and initially has a low opinion of his teammates. [[spoiler:[[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed a bit]] when he dies and meets his Celestial adviser. He becomes worried when his permanent record is brought up. Him abandoning Elan was the big thing brought up and Roy clearly feels remorse for it all. His adviser claims that had Elan died, Roy would've been chucked into the "True Neutral" afterlife as a result of it. Meanwhile, Roy was edging nearer NeutralGood than LawfulGood because of his various pragmatic actions, especially including [[ChaoticEvil Belkar]] on the team. However, the fact he tries to be both Lawful and Good is what keeps him there in the first place. She does advise Roy on the snark and Roy later learns to be more appreciative of his friends and listening to them.]]
* TheHero: CharacterDevelopment has Roy come into this (or rather re-realize since it's why he became a Fighter in the first place). He ultimately wants to take Xykon down because he ''[[ForGreatJustice needs]]'' to be taken down, not to fulfill a blood oath or prove himself to his dad. He lampshades how his selfishness had blinded him to why he became a Fighter in the first place when the others had gone to rescue Elan.
* HeroComplex: Julia accuses him of having one, but in truth it's averted as Roy is too pragmatic for that.
* HeroesPreferSwords: Roy is TheHero and the only one in the group to regularly use a greatsword. Although Haley does have an enormous dagger/shortsword/thing and Elan wields a rapier.
* HeroicBSOD: Has one (bordering on the DespairEventHorizon) when [[spoiler:Durkon is killed, vamped, and enthralled by Malack]]. Surprisingly, it's Belkar of all people who [[QuitYourWhining snaps him out of it]], but Roy is still clearly shaken.
* HeroicWillpower: He's the only one who has made a successful will save against [[spoiler:vampire Durkon's]] mind control. He manages it even though it's a dominate effect and the command is phrased to make it seem reasonable to prevent giving a bonus on saves. That he is a JackOfAllStats came to his aid again, [[spoiler:along with the fact that the entire world is at stake means he had a pretty major circumstance bonus]].
* HonorBeforeReason: During his fight with Xykon over Azure City. Xykon notes that as strong as Roy's gotten, the lich himself is still a league or two above him, and Roy doesn't currently stand much of a chance in one-on-one combat, and as a corollary to this, offers to let Roy go and essentially grind XP for a while. Naturally, Roy objects. Subverted as Roy explains the perfectly reasonable motivations behind not letting the homicidal lich control the world and that as far as Roy knows he is still the one with the best chance of stopping Xykon from destroying Azure city.
-->'''Roy:''' Are you joking? Or are you that stupid?
* {{Hypocrite}}: He very much enjoyed lecturing Miko about her flaws, namely being rude to the members of the Order, constantly policing them, jumping to conclusions and suffering a major case of ConfirmationBias. All of these are valid pieces of criticism... but can be easily applied to Roy himself. He was impolite and dismissive to his teammates on multiple occasions, as well as kept them -- successfully or not -- from committing evil deeds. And he sure has a [[FatalFlaw nasty habit]] of overestimating his knowledge about a situation. Notably though, he has been shown to be both able and willing to [[CharacterDevelopment overcome these flaws]] over time, while Miko... didn't.
* IAmNotMyFather: He became a fighter for the sole purpose of proving he was different from his wizard father.
* ICallHimMisterHappy: Roy calls it his "Trouser Titan" in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0234.html "The Ultimate Sacrifice"]], while protesting Elan's idea to disguise him as a woman.
-->'''Roy:''' There's no way I'm [[GenderBender saying goodbye to the Trouser Titan]] just so I can fool some lame-ass assassins.\\
'''Elan:''' [[{{Beat}} ...]]You call it the "Trouser Titan?"\\
'''Roy:''' NOT THE POINT!
* IdiotBall: Despite being established as very intelligent, he grabs the ball pretty hard after his ancestral greatsword is shattered. He refuses the magical sword Elan offers him as a replacement because he plans to have his old sword reforged. He ends up using a nonmagical club in the interim instead, when the sword would have made use of his prodigious swordfighting feats. This was probably a storytelling choice to make his later defeat by Miko more believable. Belkar of all people lampshade how irresponsible it is of him to not have any backup weapon.
* IMinoredInTropology: He took goat herding instead of horse-riding because, by his own admission, it was an easy A. He also has cross-class knowledge of engineering and architecture, which comes in handy several times. He also mentioned a "mandatory two semesters in Archery."
* InspirationalInsult: Roy nearly breaks down and gives up on the whole quest after hearing that [[spoiler:Durkon has been turned into a vampire]]. Belkar proceeds to really lay into him verbally, which enrages Roy enough to steel his resolve. Belkar's comments afterward imply that, rather than insulting Roy for the hell of it, Belkar was deliberately invoking this trope.
-->'''Belkar:''' Of course, it would mean that [[spoiler:your best friend got horribly killed]] for absolutely no damn reason at all. Me, I'm a heartless little bastard. I can shrug that kind of thing off. But you seem like maybe that might bother you at some point down the road.\\
'''Roy:''' You-- You of all people-- You have no right to--! ''[{{beat}}]'' Fine. We keep going.
* InterspeciesRomance: With Celia, a sylph.
* {{Irony}}: His dad gives him a lot of crap for being a fighter instead of a wizard. [[spoiler:Come strip #1025, it is revealed his dedication to the family sword has turned it into a legacy weapon, which allows him to be a MagicKnight.]]
* JackOfAllStats: Mentally. V outshines him in Intelligence, Durkon outshines him in Wisdom, Haley outshines him in streetsmarts, and even Elan has him beat in Charisma. But his collective Int and Wis are repeatedly shown to be the best in the group and after some character development he learns to see through plenty of guile. He's outright stated to have the stats required to pursue a career as either a Wizard or Cleric. Really, it's not clear whether Roy even ''has'' a DumpStat. He's demonstrably above-average or better in everything according to the rules lawyers in the forum's Class and Level Geekery thread. [[JustifiedTrope This is perfectly possible in D&D if you simply roll reasonably high for all your starting stats.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He has moments where he's more of a {{Jerkass}}, but the heart of gold is there.
* JokeItem: The Bag of Tricks. It's a bag that fires small animals.
%%* KnightInSourArmor: He finds himself filling this role more often than he'd like.
* KnowWhenToFoldEm: [[http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showthread.php?6495-Order-of-the-Stick-November-II/page17&p=291639#post291639 If Rich's description of the fight with Miko is anything to go by,]] Roy is willing to throw the towel when he deems the risk higher than the reward, as he surrenders to the paladin instead of trying to strike her down. [[spoiler: {{Averted}} during his suicidal attack on Xykon, when he refuses to back down, even when it becomes clear that he cannot win]]
* TheLeader: Starts out as just the guy paying the team to go on the quest, but he evolves over time. When he's not around, the team falls apart, although, that was also partly due to the party being split by physical proximity beforehand.
* LeeroyJenkins: He does this occasionally. His charges usually turn out fairly well. [[spoiler:His ill-fated attack on Xykon isn't an example -- he knows he's outmatched and is as prepared as he reasonably can be]].
* LethalJokeItem: Roy eventually figures out how to use the Bag of Tricks in combat by using the animals as a distraction, and he eventually finds out that there is a ''rhino'' in there. Unfortunately, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard the rhino kinda backfires on him]].
-->'''Roy:''' You know, this bag of tricks isn't so bad once you get the hang of it.
* MadeOfIron: Roy has a lot of hit points. Not as much as O-Chul or Thog, but enough to give this impression.
* ManIFeelLikeAWoman: Averted when Roy dons the Belt of Gender Shifting.
* MeaningfulName: His family got its name from the ancestral sword, which does have a green hilt.
* MistakenForSpecialGuest: Roy is [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0226.html mistaken]] for the King of Nowhere when staying at an inn.
* MoralityChain: To Belkar, in a fashion. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0748.html If Roy weren't capable of knocking him out in one shot]], Belkar would be far more difficult to control.
* NeckLift: Favors this [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0101.html intimidation]] [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0356.html method]] for interrogating {{Mooks}}.
* NoNonsenseNemesis: When he realizes [[spoiler:Durkon]] is an enemy, he foregoes his usual wordiness and goes straight for the throat. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots1001.html With a great sword.]]
* NotNowKiddo: Tying into his FatalFlaw, Roy brushes off the deva in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0664.html "Down to Earth"]] who's trying to tell him about Vaarsuvius's DealWithTheDevil.
* OnlySaneEmployee: Most of his job is to manage the insanity of his party.
* OnlySaneMan: The rest of his job is to act as the foil to everyone else's antics. [[spoiler:Played for drama at the Godsmoot, where he's the only who realizes that the assembled clerics could [[CuttingTheKnot just destroy the (former) High Priest of Hel]] instead of randomly smiting the nearest vampires.]]
* PhraseCatcher: Subtle, but he has gotten "Stop talking!" from [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0408.html more than]] [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0796.html one]] pissed-off opponent, due to his incessant [[YouFightLikeACow combat banter]].
* ReforgedBlade: The Greenhilt Greatsword has been reforged with [[ThunderboltIron Starmetal alloy]] which causes it to [[PowerGlows glow]] with green anti-undead energy. Apparently, it also works against the Damage Reduction of Evil Outsiders.
* RefusingParadise: [[spoiler:Roy enjoys a peaceful afterlife with his family in Celestia. However, upon realizing that his allies have failed to resurrect him on schedule, he rushes off to search for answers]].
* ResurrectionSickness: [[spoiler:Roy lost a level from being resurrected. He also {{faceplant}}s right afterward on his first attempt to walk.]]
-->'''Roy:''' [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0665.html Oh, right. I have to actually move my legs when I'm on this plane.]]\\
'''Celia:''' Don't worry, honey, I make that mistake ALL the time.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge:
** When Xykon [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0112.html breaks his ancestral sword]], Roy [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0113.html loses it]] and [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0114.html attacks the lich barehanded]], throwing him unceremoniously into the Gate protected by the best spells of [[TheArchmage Archmage]] Dorukan.
** Delivers an even more brutal one when [[spoiler:he realizes the High Priest of Hel is not Durkon and he has been manipulated during the whole fight.]]
* RulesLawyer: Being LawfulGood, his first reflex is to try to work within any system he finds himself in. He's gotten fairly good at abusing technicalities for the greater good.
* RummageFail: His Bag of Tricks, much to his irritation, never seems to produce anything helpful when he needs it - when he used it in combat or while falling, it created small, useless animals... except for the time where it created a more useful rhino, which then landed on him.
* RunningGag:
** He makes a reference to the [[ICallHimMisterHappy Trouser Titan]], and someone else says, "You call it the...?"
* SecretArt: What the technique his grandfather taught him in the afterlife turns out to be. Apparently the Spellsplinter Maneuver, as it is called, is a technique that no living fighters know anymore.
* ScarfOfAsskicking: Puts one on when they move to the Northern lands.
* SecularHero:
** As demonstrated by this dialogue:
--->'''[[CelestialBureaucracy Bureaucratic Deva]]:''' Let me ask you something: Why did you never consider becoming a cleric yourself? You have halfway decent Wisdom and Charisma scores, you could have pulled it off.\\
'''Roy:''' Well, this is awkward to say, given [[FluffyCloudHeaven where I am]], but I've never been that religious.\\
I mean, I guess my mom raised me to worship the [[Myth/NorseMythology Northern]] [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Gods]], but I always figured as long as I don't actively offend any of them, they'd leave me alone.
** As he finds out at the Godsmoot, however, such a dismissive attitude toward religion in general might not be a good idea in a world whose fate literally hangs on the whims of the gods.
* SelectiveObliviousness: Despite being generally perceptive and good with people, it takes him way more time than it should to realize that [[spoiler:vampire Durkon is evil when he shows up saying he now serves Hel]], because he does not want to believe his friend is truly dead. Especially not since he blamed himself in an earlier chapter. [[spoiler:In the end, though, faced with irrefutable evidence, he ''does'' realize the truth and act to correct it, even when the High Priest of Hel tries using a dominate effect to play on it.]]
* SenselessSacrifice: Discussed during the Godsmoot. He has no problem dying in order to stop evil, but only if this is a real victory and not just a setback. Even earlier he said that while not afraid of being permanently destroyed by the Snarl, he won't risk it as long as Xykon is still around.
-->'''Roy:''' Recent lesson, connected to that "dying" thing. Noble sacrifices only make sense when they solve the problem at hand.
* SticksToTheBack: His sword, though he's now got some leather straps on his back he sticks it through.
* StraightMan: Mocked by Belkar in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0411.html "The Power Behind the Throne"]].
* SummonToHand: [[spoiler: His sword develops this ability after becoming a Weapon of Legacy.]]
* SuperMode: In strips 1009-1010, when Roy becomes sufficiently pissed at [[spoiler:the vampire possessing Durkon's body]], his sword emanates a green fire which glows around him, healing his wounds and giving him even more power.
* SuperStrength: With the Belt of Giant Strength.
** In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0730.html #730]], he grabs Enor by the tail and swings him overhead to slam against a table, breaking it. Enor is a big half-ogre half-dragon who must weigh at least ten times as much as Roy.
** In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0951.html #951]], Roy takes over holding a rope that two of the ''Mechane'''s crewmembers had just been straining to keep under control. He grips it nonchalantly with one hand, and it doesn't move an inch. Then Belkar mocks him for it:
--->'''Belkar:''' I think this whole "fighter" thing has really gotten in the way of you discovering your true destiny as a wharf.\\
'''Roy:''' I'm going to dance on your grave, you know.\\
'''Belkar:''' ''[imitating Roy]'' "Xykon, you let my father's skiff drift out with the tide! '''I will avenge it!'''"
** A later strip shows he can fight Frost Giants evenly while wearing it, and throw one for a loop by ''punching'' her.
* ThunderboltIron: His reforged sword is an [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0297.html alloy]].
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Like [[Franchise/KingdomHearts various Keyblade wielders]], Roy [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots1122.html has discovered]] that it does [[spoiler:when your weapon can be [[SummonToHand summoned to hand]].]]
* ToBeLawfulOrGood: Virtually always chooses Good over Lawful when pressed, but doesn't fall into NeutralGood by virtue of trying to be both whenever possible. In ''On the Origin of [=PCs=]'', Roy outright refused to slay the orc camp once he learned they were just there for concert tickets, even though they're officially listed as ChaoticEvil.
* TooDumbToLive: Despite being intelligent enough to form cunning plans within limited time and outsmart opponents with greater skill and power, Roy is prone to tremendously underestimating his opponents, especially [[BigBad Xykon]], culminating in [[spoiler:the battle of the Azure City, where he attempts to [[CurbStompBattle fight Xykon, an immortal lich with tremendous magical power, one-on-one]], while he is riding an undead dragon, without having any enchantments or spells to save him from the fall, then ignores the opportunity to leave the battle alive and level up Xykon gives him out of boredom. Xykon promptly flies away and destroys his mount, causing Roy to fall to his death, actually killing him ([[DeathIsaSlapontheWrist temporarily]]).]]
* {{Tsundere}}: [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0425.html Yes, really.]] He takes three arrows for Elan and immediately downplays it and makes excuses ("It's pure numbers, nothing more!") followed by Elan and Belkar teasing him for "liking" Elan. This would not look out of place in a given anime.
* TheUnchosenOne: Roy eventually takes up the quest to destroy Xykon not because of his father's BloodOath, but simply because Xykon ''needs'' to be stopped.
* UnknownRival: Xykon can literally not remember who he is (and surprisingly enough, this isn't being faked to tick Roy off. It's genuine). Redcloak does a better job, but it's not until [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0901.html strip #901]] that he concludes the Order is directly working against them (and neither of them can remember Roy's original motive). The Monster in the Darkness uses this to save Roy and crew by noting that Roy is just some fighter Xykon offed casually, while O-Chul is a {{Determinator}} samurai who wants revenge.
* UnstoppableRage: Even worse than Thog, who he even overpowered when the half-orc was in berserk modes, since his fighting skills are greater than Thog's and are not lessened by his rage. His beatdowns on Xykon and [[spoiler:the High Priest of Hel]] are the best examples.
* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler:The High Priest of Hel played him like a fiddle and led him to believe he was still good ol' Durkon with an alignment shift to trick him in taking him to the Godsmoot, where he could bring about the destruction of the world to the benefit of his mistress.]]
* VetinariJobSecurity: Roy may have trouble keeping the group on a single goal, but it's been conclusively established that he's the only person capable of exerting any level of control over any of them. The ''Recap/DontSplitTheParty'' arc is one long proof of this, but in particular his management of Belkar; without Roy's influence Belkar's [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0489.html projected]] "evilness" (measured in [[AbstractScale kilonazis]] by the archons in charge of the LawfulGood afterlife) would have skyrocketed. When Roy was temporarily killed by Xykon and Haley took over, she had little to no real control over Belkar. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0881.html "Temporary Weakness"]] directly acknowledges this.
* WeaponOfChoice: The Greenhilt family greatsword. He uses a large wooden club for a while when his sword is broken.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Starts out as a straightforward example, but over the series has discarded this motivation in favor of SmallStepsHero. His father's spirit, on the occasions it gets a chance to haunt him, now usually only merits a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.
* WhatTheHellHero:
** After increasingly ignoring his party in favor of trying to get on Miko's good side despite her {{jerkass}}ery, Elan finally [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0231.html confronts]] him in a way that Roy can't simply snark off: He asks him calmly and politely why he's doing that followed by asking if he likes some random rude paladin more than his party.
** [[spoiler:After dying]], a deva [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0488.html calls him out]] for [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0153.html abandoning Elan]] earlier in the strip and says that if he hadn't realized his error he would have been [[spoiler:tossed into the True Neutral afterlife]]. He's also called out for being Belkar's leader despite his clearly evil tendencies, but on this point defends himself competently.
** Subverted when the party is traveling through the desert. A [[Literature/{{Dune}} spice-addled]] Belkar tries calling him out for [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0689.html using him as bait]], but then laughs and admits that he's just joking.
* WhatWouldXDo: Roy is a model of levelheaded, intelligent badassery. Elan, Haley and Durkon all say something like "What would Roy do?" while trying to decide the right course of action.
* WontTakeYesForAnAnswer: Roy does this at least twice.
** During his [[YouAllMeetInAnInn tavern recruitment]] of the party in ''Recap/OnTheOriginOfPCs'', after meeting with a refusal from some thirty adventurers, Roy begins to thank Haley for listening and saying that he understands, before realizing she just accepted to join.
** In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0284.html "Shattered Expectations"]], when the "Being of Pure Law and Good" renders the judgement of the Order's trial for weakening the fabric of the universe, Roy is so much expecting a guilty verdict that he starts saying "{{it has been an honor}}" to the rest of the party, until the words "not guilty" actually register.
* WorthyOpponent: Tarquin eventually decides that Roy is ''too worthy'' [[spoiler:and holding Elan back from being the hero of what Tarquin considers the real story (about Tarquin and Elan), and so needs to die.]]
* WouldNotShootACivilian: Even those enjoying the GladiatorGames.
* WreckedWeapon: In the first book, Xykon breaks Roy's ancestral sword to bits with a ''Shatter'' spell, spurring a whole sidequest to have the weapon reforged.
* YouFightLikeACow: Taunting his opponents is one of his defining character traits.
* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: TropeNamer. Roy says it when [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0171.html receiving compliments]] from Belkar.
* ZombieAdvocate: When he encounters [[spoiler:a vampirized Durkon]], whom he sees as a ReluctantMonster, he quickly comes to [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0968.html bemoan]] the prejudice faced by [[FriendlyNeighbourhoodVampire well-behaved undead]]. [[spoiler:When he realizes the spirit animating Durkon's body is playing him for a fool, he does an abrupt about-face. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots1010.html With a greatsword]].]]

[[folder:Haley Starshine]]
!!Haley Starshine

->''"Gods, it's frustrating how Lawful you people are!"''

->'''Race:''' Human\\
'''Gender:''' Female\\
'''Class:''' Rogue\\
'''Alignment:''' [[ChaoticGood Chaotic Greedy]] [-(according to the Adventure Game)-], Chaotic Good-ish [-(according to herself)-]

A cute rogue with a motivation for her theft (if she can't come up with enough money, her father faces imprisonment for life). Incredibly neurotic with a very fragmented personality. In a relationship with Elan. By her own admission, "ChaoticGood-ish". She's the second-in-command of the Order of the Stick.
* ActionGirl: A rogue, to be more specific. She at one point [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0153.html gathers]] the adventuring party to save Elan once he gets kidnapped... and likely would have succeeded were it not for [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0157.html Belkar]].
* AmbidextrousSprite: The position of her loose hair depends on which direction she is facing.
* BackStab: Her obvious choice for dealing damage.
* BadassNormal: No magic but her bags of holding and a couple magic weapons, yet she can still bring down outsiders and monsters.
* BagOfHolding: Haley thinks one can never have enough extradimensional storage space, and carries a collection of them.
* BareYourMidriff: Though the art style makes it hard to tell at times, her top looks a lot like a leather sports bra. She averts it starting with her resistance leader outfit, and later with her "leather armor" in the Western Continent arc. She later lampshades that it was a poor idea:
-->'''Haley:''' Like dungeon delving with a bare midriff, all I can say is that it seemed like a good idea at the time.
* BiTheWay: Mentioned in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0309.html one]] of her CypherLanguage confessions; she also has a [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0382.html "Latent Bisexuality"]] alter ego amongst the many fractions of her psyche. Later confirmed by [[WordOfGod Word of the Giant]] and [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0972.html in the comic itself.]]
* CallingTheOldManOut: Haley's reaction when her father [[spoiler:judges Elan to be every bit as evil as his father, General Tarquin, accusing him of spying on her and tricking her into loving him]].
* CallingYourAttacks: "Sneak Attack!"
* CannotSpitItOut: For a ''long'' time.
-->'''Haley:''' [[DyingDeclarationOfLove Elan... I think I'm in love with y--]]\\
'''Durkon:''' [[HealingHands Cure Critical Wounds!]]\\
'''Haley:''' ...[[LastSecondWordSwap Ukuleles.]]
* ChainmailBikini: [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0675.html Haley buys some "leather armor" which is basically just a normal top]]. So she invokes this trope.
-->'''Haley:''' Four people on the street have accidentally addressed me as "young man" since we got here. I think some flaunting is in order.
* CharacterDevelopment:
** She has become less greedy over time, and got a justification for her greed. Compare near the beginning of the comic [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0045.html when she objected to teaming up with the Linear Guild because it would mean that the loot would be split among more people]] to [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots1029.html having legitimate concerns about the team's budget.]]
** She has also become more moral, best demonstrated by her attitude towards slavery changing [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0171.html from]] AndThatWouldBeWrong to [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0749.html freeing her host's slaves just because she can]]. This likely ties into her self-description as ChaoticGood-ish as opposed to strictly ChaoticGood. She started out leaning toward ChaoticNeutral, but through CharacterDevelopment is now more solidly ChaoticGood.[[invoked]]
** She has also grown into the role of second-in-command; instead of just using the position to get a bigger share of the loot as she did in the beginning, she now uses her roguish experience to advise Roy on things a Lawful Good fighter might not consider.
* CharacterTics: Sticking out her tongue when she's lining up a difficult shot with her bow.
* CloudcuckoolandersMinder: She's the one to take this role most often with Elan, both before and after they're in a relationship. She knows him well enough to [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0675.html include an "Elan tax" in the shopping budget.]]
* CombatPragmatist: Haley has no problem fighting ''very'' dirty.
** For example, [[spoiler:she ambushes Crystal as she's in the shower, catching her without her weapons, armor, and protective jewelry, and kills her while she's stunned on the floor]].
** And again [[spoiler:once Crystal as a golem finishes turning against Bozzok. She lures her on top of a drawbridge above the [[KillItWithFire waste disposal facility]] and lets her fall into the lava below.]]
* CoolBigSis: She tried to invoke the "big-sister-bonding thing" with Bandana concerning sudden promotions to leadership. It turns out Bandana doesn't need it, but she still appreciates the effort.
* CovertPervert: Not above [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0088.html taking advantage of a discount Invisibility Sphere to grope Elan]]. Or seeing what Elan's charisma is worth [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0028.html "under the hood"]]. Also the first party member to notice the phallic symbolism of a [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0690.html Gigantic Purple Worm]]. After she and Elan hook up, the "covert" part goes out the window.
* CypherLanguage: She is afflicted with this for a while and several jokes are made at characters attempting to translate it.
* DamselOutOfDistress: ''Many'' times. Generally speaking, she saves herself nearly as often as she gets rescued, and frequently manages to help other people break out in the process.
** One of Xykon's goblin minions kidnaps her in ''Dungeon Crawlin' Fools''. She easily knocks him out and rejoins the party, practically before they even notice she's gone.
** She needs Roy to rescue her from the bandits in ''No Cure For The Paladin Blues'', but grabs a bow and jumps back into the fight the second she's freed from her bonds. The scenario repeats itself (this time with Celia as the rescuer) during the brawl at Old Blind Pete's house.
** In ''Blood Runs In The Family'', Tarquin knocks her off a ledge into a squad of armed guards and uses the possibility that she'll be killed to browbeat Elan into surrendering. By the time he orders off his {{Mooks}}, Haley's already killed all of them with a stolen spear.
* DarknessVonGothickname: When she was a teenager, she went through a {{Goth}} phase and called herself "Dark Mistress Shadowgale".
* DumpStat: Consitution and Wisdom. As a rogue, she needs good Dexterity for combat and sneak-attacks, Intelligence for her various skills, and uses her Charisma fairly often to bluff with, but she gets drunk very easily and at the start of the comic hasn't really made a lot of good life decisions and gives in to her character flaws, particularly her greed. [[spoiler:Lots of CharacterDevelopment has indicated that she might have been investing in a slightly higher Wisdom score, though Durkon still worries about her Will save when fighting a vampire.]] Lampshaded early on, when a mindflayer [[MeatOVision sees her brain]] as a caramel sundae: sweet, but with a lot of empty calories.
* {{Fanservice}}: She parodies this in the prequel. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0752.html And later plays it as straight as one can with the comic's art style]].
* FemaleMisogynist: For some reason, Haley rarely gets along for very long with other women, either good (Miko, Celia) or evil (Crystal, Sabine, Samantha, Tsukiko -- she jokes once she's always fighting "flying skanks"). There are exceptions, however, as she's best friends with Vaarsuvius (whose gender is unclear, though) and seems to have no problem with Niu (in Azure City) or Jenny (in the backstory), and later Bandana. So it's more of a case of only meeting women whose personalities clash with hers. She recognizes this trait of hers and tries to move beyond it by book 6:
-->'''Haley:''' Well, historically speaking, it was either that, or we try to murder each other while hurling offensively gender-charged insults.
* FieryRedhead: Haley sure can be fiery, but it's downplayed: she suffers from considerable self-loathing and feels it necessary to hide her true feelings much of the time, believing people wouldn't like her if they really knew her.
* GenreSavvy: Almost everyone in the comic is, but Haley is particularly so. She has a history of figuring out everything from the plans of bad guys, (seeing through Xykon's would be shell game) to noticing signs of deeper plots, (she was immediately suspicious when the Azure City unconditionally found the Order not guilty of blowing up Dorukan's Dungeon) or who is going to be evil. (She notably called Sabine and Tarquin as being bad news.)
* GiveMeBackMyWallet: Except that she turns the tables by picking the pickpockets' pockets.
-->'''Haley:''' Seriously, Durkon, if you're going to get your pocket picked in every town we visit, at least try to attract higher-leveled thieves. Twelve silver pieces and some string is a waste of my talents.
* GodivaHair: Haley takes advantage of the PowerPerversionPotential of magical cosmetics in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0752.html "Picking Locks"]].
* GoodCounterpart: To Sabine (fiendish NumberTwo) and Crystal (an assassin with a knife and less intelligence).
* {{Goth}}: As a teenager, she was the gloomy, rebellious kind.
* {{Greed}}: Haley's initial personality, though she does receive character development and a real need to collect a lot of money. Although she still really likes money, thinks about money to get into a sexy mood, and has an obsessive desire to polish it.
* GuileHero: While Haley's definitely more than able to hold her own in a fight, she's also adept at using her wits, her various rogue skills, and her charisma to out-think and talk her way out of problems. In particular, she ends up defeating [[spoiler: the flesh golem Crystal]] by first telling her who was really responsible for [[spoiler: her being turned into a flesh golem, which prompts Crystal to utterly slaughter Bozzok]], and then proceeds to [[spoiler: lead Crystal along and keep her distracted with a heart-to-heart discussion about their mutual rivalry until she's right over a lava pit and then drops her into it]].
* HadToBeSharp: She grew up in a WretchedHive of a city, with her father being a high ranking member of a ThievesGuild where there was always a chance of being betrayed, cheated, and/or killed by the people she was living around on a daily basis.
* HateAtFirstSight: The flashback of her first encounter with Crystal strongly hints at this. And that it was reciprocated.
* HeroicBSOD: She was hit with this early in the series after several craploads of her loot were utterly destroyed in an explosion. [[spoiler:Afterwards, she gets an episode of CypherLanguage (see above), and finally learns to get over her abandonment issues and openly admit her feelings for Elan, the shouting of which cured her]].
* HyperspaceArsenal: She doesn't carry a quiver. When Roy is handed her bow and he asks Elan where she keeps her arrows, he says "I dunno. [[LampshadeHanging They just sort of appear in her hand when she needs one]]." Haley proceeds to complain to Roy about not following WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief.
* ImportantHaircut: In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0610.html "You're It"]], but latter defied by [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0752.html "Picking Locks"]] where she uses magical cosmetics to grow her hair back. Like many other things, the trope is discussed: Elan thought the haircut was supposed to symbolize character development but Haley says it was just a stupid haircut.
* ImpossibleThief: In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0649.html "It's a Shame She Didn't Grab That Script While She Was There"]], Haley steals a diamond from ''[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/ootscast.html the cast page]]'', resulting in said diamond replaced with an [=IOMe=] (it's not an IOU because Haley stole it ''from herself'').
* InSeriesNickname: Her WantedPoster mentions she's also known as "Mistress Nightengale" [sic] or "The Red Blur".
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Does this to her rival Crystal. [[AllThereInTheManual A bonus scene]] in ''Don't Split the Party'' gives her a better justification for this.
* TheLancer: Haley Starshine is the official NumberTwo and is a greedy thief to contrast the duty-bound warrior. She eventually becomes his advisor on devious lines of thought.
* LoveableRogue: Yes, she's a rogue, and would you dare say she isn't loveable?
* MaamShock: "I'm not old! I'm 24! That's not old! [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0168.html Twenty! Four!]]"
* MagicWand: Pilfers three of them from [[spoiler:Z's body]]. As a rogue with Use Magic Device, she can probably use them. Confirmed in that she buys several more later. She's not the [[EpicFail best with them, though.]]
* MakingLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: Haley and Elan once have sex on the back of a giant purple worm. She implies that its phallic shape turned her on.
* MiserAdvisor: Justified by [[spoiler:the ransom she needs to gather to free her father]]. Although she's still plain old greedy too, as fitting for a rogue.
* MissingMom: Mia Starshine died when Haley was very young.
* MoneyFetish: A very literal example. Elan mentions that she wanted to do it on top of a pile of gold coins, and she's admitted it's true on multiple occasions.
* MsFanservice: Her brief nude scenes reveal quite the rack. And considering that she's also an extremely flexible redhead, she's as close to this trope as the comic's artstyle will allow.
* MrViceGuy: Haley is the most common version, since she's always looking for ways to get more loot from adventuring, but won't sabotage saving the world to satisfy her greed.
* {{Multishot}}: She has the appropriate feat. She doesn't use it very often, but it comes in handy against Sabine, and later Tarquin.
* NeverSayThatAgain: Never tell her that treasure isn't that important.
* NumberTwo: She manipulated Roy into giving her the position for a greater share of the treasure. It backfires when in Roy's absence she finds herself actually in formal charge of the Order. While she struggles when in charge and is relieved to relinquish the role on Roy's return, she's gradually growing into the position of second-in-command and advisor.
* OnlySaneMan: Took over this role in Roy's absence and did not like it one bit.
* OtherMeAnnoysMe: Haley's mental projections annoy her quite a lot, especially Dark Mistress Shadowgale.
* PlatonicLifePartners or HeterosexualLifePartners: She and Vaarsuvius have always been extremely close, with Haley only ever agreeing to share a room with V until she and Elan became a couple.
* PowerOfTrust: She has this relationship with Elan, in spite of her father's strenuous objections.
* ProperlyParanoid: Thanks to her father's upbringing, she has a problem trusting some people. And sometimes she's right not to:
** Her first reaction to the Linear Guild is "Evil!" , and sure enough, Elan's long-lost brother is the EvilTwin, and the whole party are assassins working for Xykon.
** She also doesn't trust Elan's father, or the cleric he works with, and, yup, they are bad, too.
* RainbowPimpGear: Consciously averted. "...so the Boots of Speed were totally powerful, but they were, like, lime green." [[spoiler:[[BrickJoke A later arc]] reveals that she held on to them and got a craftsman to dye them a more suitable color]].
* RapunzelHair: Haley gets this in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0752.html "Picking Locks"]] after overcompensating for her short haircut before.
* RebelLeader: After the timeskip, before handing that role off to Thanh.
* RefugeInAudacity: She steals two of Belkar's potions to heal Elan. When Belkar accuses her, she guilt-trips him about being prejudiced.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: "[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0765.html Screw that, I'm just flat-out ignoring Roy right now]]."
* ShootTheDog: [[spoiler:After turning Crystal against Bozzok and generally making peace with her, she nevertheless finishes Crystal off one last time because the latter ''is'' a danger to everyone.]]
* SillyRabbitCynicismIsForLosers: Grows out of this trope thanks to Elan's influence and becomes more optimistic and trusting.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Her love for Elan, as she [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0772.html explains to her father]]: She loves him because he is so pure and good that he makes her a better person just by being around her.
* SlipknotPonytail: Happens to her during a trap search (along with WardrobeMalfunction).
* SlippedTheRopes: She clearly has ranks in both escape artist and use rope, meaning tying her up is doomed to failure.
-->'''Gannji:''' Wait, weren't you tied up a moment ago?\\
'''Haley:''' That was a moment ago.
* TheSnarkKnight: Mistress Shadowgale, a.k.a. Haley's Self-Loathing Alter Ego.
-->'''Mistress Shadowgale:''' Gods, I hate you all.
* TheSneakyGuy: As is fitting for a rogue.
* {{Spoonerism}}: While drunk:
-->'''Haley:''' I'm gonna sit on this spin until the room stops chairing.
* SticksToTheBack: Her bow.
* StreetSmart: Required to survive Greysky City for any length of time, so her dad made sure she was.
* TakenForGranite: [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0789.html She blows the saving throw]] against a ''Flesh to Stone'' spell from Zzd'tri. Durkon later turns her back to normal.
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: "SNEAK ATTACK -- BITCH!"
* TimeToStepUpCommander: [[spoiler:After Roy's death.]]
* TrickArrow:
** After getting an Icy Burst Bow.
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0858.html Also used to counter Tarquin's Snatch Arrows feat]].
* UnConfession: In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0184.html "Hawaiian Love"]], Haley, seriously wounded and apparently not expecting to live, starts to tell Elan that she loves him. She's interrupted by Durkon healing her wounds.
* WantedPoster: Shown in ''On the Origins of [=PCs=]'' (as a resume).
* WeaksauceWeakness: Averted, but Crystal is under the mistaken impression that Haley is lethally vulnerable to pickles. Just to be clear: Crystal is dumber than a post.


->''"♪ Bluff, Bluff, Bluff, Bluff the stupid ogre! ♪"''

->'''Race:''' Human\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Class:''' Bard/Dashing Swordsman\\
'''Alignment:''' [[ChaoticGood Foolish Good]] [-(according to the Adventure Game)-]

A fairly dim but highly charismatic bard with an idiosyncratic thought process and only a slight effect in battle, although the latter has been mitigated after he took his first level in Dashing Swordsman. Can be extremely slow on the uptake.
* AchievementsInIgnorance: In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0558.html "Sort of Like a Reverse Psion"]], Daigo comments that Elan is more useful the less he understands what's going on. Durkon agrees, and adds that Elan has "ignorance" as a class power source.
* AllCheeringAllTheTime: Elan is a Bard, but definitely falls into the "cheering at inappropriate moments" category. Like "Concentrate, Concentrate, Concentrate!" or "[[WithCatlikeTread Move, Move, Move Silently across the battlefield!"]]
* AndThisIsFor: A subtle one to Tarquin, telling him that [[spoiler:[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0936.html he's not a twin anymore]]]] before letting him drop from the airship.
* BadLiar: Haley explains.
-->'''Haley:''' No offense, but you literally can't bluff to save your life. In fact, I think your bluffs usually endanger your life in new and exciting ways.
* TheBard: His character class. He talks about story conventions and has a bard spell called "summon plot exposition".
* BeyondTheImpossible: In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0794.html strip #794]], Elan seduces a ''succubus''. As in, you know, a demon who is, by her own admission, an evil incarnation of illict sex. Then he apologizes to [[spoiler:[[ItMakesSenseInContext Tiny Stone Haley]]]].
* BigDamnHeroes: One of his Dashing Swordsman class features lets him sense where to go to dramatically save the day, and ensures that he always arrives there just in the nick of time.
* BrainlessBeauty: He's considered very attractive in-universe, even if the "beauty" part is difficult to tell thanks to the art style. Fairly unusual as a male example, especially among sympathetic MainCharacters.
* BumblingSidekick:
** To Roy until the party got split, due to the counterproductive songs and ditziness.
** He was this even moreso to Sir François in ''On the Origin of [=PCs=]'' because he was younger and (more) foolish.
* CallingTheOldManOut: Dishes one out when [[spoiler:Tarquin orders Roy, Durkon, and Belkar killed to "bring order" to his and Elan's narrative.]]
-->'''Elan:''' You're wrong. You're wrong about everything. You only ''think'' you know what's supposed to happen. But ''we'' get to decide what sort of story this is and what role we play-- hero or comic relief. [[TakeAThirdOption Or both at the same time.]]
* CannotKeepASecret: It's a good thing the rest of the Order usually keeps an eye on him, because Elan is very bad at keeping secrets.
-->'''Haley:''' A secret kind of quest.\\
'''Elan:''' Yeah, we need to find this guy, Girard Draketooth, and tell him that--\\
'''Haley:''' Elan!! What part of "secret" do you not understand?\\
'''Elan:''' The part where I don't tell other people, obviously.
* CargoCult:
** Elan is currently the sole worshiper of his handpuppet, Banjo, Clown God of Puppetry. Due to the way divinity works in the Stickverse, Banjo ''actually is'' a (very weak) god, thanks to the fact that Elan worships him.
** Back when he, Durkan and a pair of paladins were stranded on an island of orcs, they've taken to worshipping Banjo, but in doing so, stole him from Elan. After getting him and the paladin back, Elan cheers up the tribe by introducing them to another handpuppet: Giggles, the Clown God of Slapstick, who is also Banjo's brother and rival. Due to their rivalry, the orc's worship of Giggles also empowers Banjo (and by extension Elan).
** He also indicated the possible existence of Banjuhlu (Banjo with an illusion on him giving him face tentacles).
* ChaoticStupid: Averted; Elan is ChaoticGood and Stupid separately (and has been working on the "Stupid" part... more or less). Still the Trope Illustrator, though.
* CharacterDevelopment: Elan is not so much a dimwit now as at the start, but is still a Ditz nevertheless.
** Really underscored in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0889.html issue #889]]; in the early days of the comic, if Elan was the one to break the party out of an illusion, he'd most likely do it by being TooDumbToFool. Here, he has developed enough to realise that his dreams are childish, unrealistic and completely unlikely, including outright calling his father and brother on the fact that they are evil, hateful people who will never be able to be a proper family to him. Thus he convinces the others by pointing out the plot holes in their own dreams, like how they apparently beat Xykon but never went on to break up Tarquin's empire.
** Another very pointed example is the contrast between [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0069.html early comic #69]] and [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0936.html way later, #936]]. In both situations, Elan has an opportunity to SaveTheVillain, but makes different choices. In the latter, Elan even explains the similarities and differences to the villain in question, highlighting what he's learned.
%% Males cannot be the chick. Fast Eddie said so.
* ChickMagnet: It's been [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0028.html stated outright]] that he has 18 Charisma (the normal maximum at character creation). Indeed, Elan initially considered this part of his job description and did not understand why Haley didn't care for it.
* ChildhoodBrainDamage: A flashback explains Elan being TheDitz as a result of his brother [[EvilTwin Nale]] continually DopeSlap-ing him when they were babies.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: He has had many strange ideas (such as "naked = invisible"), and his GenreSavvy comes across as inane babbling.
* ComedyAsAWeapon: Elan's moves as a Dashing Swordman gain more power if he makes a pun while attacking.
* CompanionCube: Elan worships Banjo the Clown, his own hand-puppet.
* ConsultingMisterPuppet: Averted. While Elan worships his puppet, Banjo, he never believes Banjo can speak (barring the intervention of orcish ninjas).
* ContractualGenreBlindness:
** In spite of being as GenreSavvy as he is (in that, since [[spoiler:[[NeverFoundTheBody Nale's corpse was never found]], Elan knew that he must have still been alive]]), he acted surprised to find that [[spoiler:[[NoOneCouldSurviveThat Nale was, indeed, alive]]]], but only ''because'' MainCharacters in a position like his are always surprised at such a revelation.
--->'''Nale:''' But... if you know that then how can you be surprised... Why didn't you realize that thinking [[spoiler:I was dead]] was... I mean... Gah! I'm giving myself a migraine trying to understand the level of wilful ignorance that requires!\\
'''Elan:''' First blood: ELAN!
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0670.html If Elan were like other bards, he would have avoided telling Haley the story of Therkla]] in order to {{invoke|dTrope}} RuleOfDrama by causing [[PoorCommunicationKills misunderstandings]].
* DesignatedVictim: As noted below, he usually is the one to end up in a hostage situation, most often due to his brother Nale. Ironically enough, it's usually [[ActionGirl Haley]] that tries to save him.
* DespairEventHorizon: Briefly brought to the brink when he's half-[[DidYouActuallyBelieve goaded]], half-{{Brainwashed}} (specifically, under the effects of Suggestion) by Nale into thinking Haley is TheMole, and almost kills her over it.
* DisorganizedOutlineSpeech: We can't really not mention the epic one he gives just before the battle of Azure City.
-->'''Elan:''' [[Theatre/JuliusCaesar Friends, Azurites, countrymen, lend me your ears]]. [[Film/RobinHoodMenInTights Not literally, because ewww. I mean, that would be disgusting.]]\
And messy. And since you'd just be lending them, we'd have to figure out how to reattach them all, and that'd be a lot of work.\\
Today, we stand here on the wall, preparing to defend this city from the forces of evil. And probably chaos, too.\\
[[Theatre/HenryV We few, we happy few, we band of brothers]]. And sisters. Definitely also sisters, they are part of the band too. [[Music/TheWhiteStripes I think they play drums]].\\
[[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings A day may come when the courage of men (and women) fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day]].\\
And if the battle lasts through tomorrow, it's not that day either.\\
It may or may not be the day after that, I'm not sure. Still too early to tell.\\
But in case it's not that day, or it is that day but the battle is already over so it doesn't matter, I want you to remember this:\\
[[Film/{{Patton}} No one ever won a war by dying for their country]]. They won by making the other guy die for his country. Which still applies even though hobgoblins don't live in countries.\\
They live in caves, I think. So make them die for their caves. Which, admittedly, sounds a lot less heroic than dying for your country.\\
But today will be the day when Azure City declared in one voice, "[[Film/IndependenceDay We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight!]]"\\
And the fact that it rhymes does not make it any less true!\\
We'll stand here together and tell our enemies that [[{{Film/Braveheart}} they may take our lives...]]\\
'''[[Film/{{Braveheart}} But they will never take our freedom!]]'''\\
Unless... unless they kill us, then animate the dead corpses as zombies to fight for them. Then I suppose they've taken our lives AND our freedom.\\
''[{{beat panel}}]''\\
''♪ Fight, fight, fight, fight the-- ♪''\\
'''Random Azurite Soldier:''' You suck!
* DistressedDude: Happens often enough that he lampshades it:
-->'''Elan:''' I wonder if I qualify for some sort of hostage-based prestige class by now...
* TheDitz: Initially, he was spacey, dimwitted and thought that singing could improve a Move Silently check. This changed when Character Development toned it down. Mocked early on when a mindflayer [[MeatOVision describes his brain]] as a diet soda: something sweet but completely devoid of any real nourishment.
* DumbassHasAPoint: Happens a few times.
-->'''Haley:''' Am I drunk enough yet that later, I won't remember [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0747.html getting out-logicked by Elan?]]
* DumbassNoMore: Post-timeskip he's gone from TheDitz to something between a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} and a GeniusDitz.
* DumbIsGood: His lack of knowledge and common sense is a running gag, and he happens to be the nicest member of the group. Also played for laughs when he knows something the others don't.
* DumpStat: Intelligence and Wisdom (he is improving and he has shown moments of GenreSavvy mixed with SimpleMindedWisdom).
* EvilTwin: Nale
* EyepatchAfterTimeSkip: [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0502.html Invoked and parodied]]. He wore an eyepatch because it was customary to do so after a timeskip and it made him look firece. Hinjo told him to take it off.
* TheFace: He's highly charismatic and once talked a female enemy into a HeelFaceTurn. Roy invokes this trope when the group needs to talk to someone, like the teenage goblin in the first arc.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: When he believes that [[spoiler:his father]] is going to kill him his only request was that he "stab him in one of the less hurty organs".
* FaceDoodling: He does it to Roy while the latter is paralyzed by poison.
* TheFool: Elan plays with this trope in many directions depending on the strip; foolish, insightful, lucky, etc.
* ForHappiness: Elan and his mother both always try their best to live up to this trope. When he gets a chance to ask the all-knowing Oracle of Sunken Valley a question, his is merely: "Will there be a happy ending?"
* FriendToAllChildren: Perhaps due to his child-like nature, Elan is good with the few children we see in the comic, particularly [[spoiler:Kudzu, Hilgya's child.]]
* GagPenis: Apparently, having maxed-out Charisma is worth quite a bit "under the hood."
* GeniusDitz: Primarily due to being GenreSavvy.
* GenreSavvy: Although he's been [[WrongGenreSavvy mistaken]] sometimes, he has a general idea of what's going on. Also occasionally suffers from ContractualGenreBlindness, as exaggerated and, in the process, {{Defied|Trope}} (when it gives Nale a headache) in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0793.html "Critical Thinking"]].
* GoodAngelBadAngel: In addition to Chaotic Angel and Lawful Angel.
* GoodCounterpart: To his own brother [[spoiler:and father]].
* GoYeHeroesGoAndDie: His rousing speech prior to the Battle of Azure City.
* HairAntennae: Shared by his [[EvilTwin brother]] [[spoiler:and father]].
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Blond-haired, and far and away the most sweet and innocent member of the Order of the Stick.
* HammyHerald: For Sir François in ''On the Origin of [=PCs=]''. Including when it's wholly inapropriate, like while entering a BadGuyBar.
-->'''Elan:''' Behold, {{wretched hive}} [[Film/ANewHope of scum and villainy]]! The noble Sir François is here!\\
Your days of seedy backroom dealings and poor personnal hygiene are at an end, for he is here to wash this corrupt city clean!\\
He is much like a giant scrub in that respect. He also has bristles -- again, like a scrub brush.\\
However, he is not easily held in one's hand and used to scrub cutlery, so that's one way he is different. I'm sure I can think of other ways.\\
'''Sir François:''' Um, Elan?\\
'''Elan:''' Yes, oh vanquisher of unpleasantness?\\
'''Sir François:''' Yeah, see, the thing is that this was supposed to be a low-profile visit.\\
'''Elan:''' Oh! I can fix that!\\
Attention, scum and villainy! If at all possible, please ignore the dashing and righteous Sir François as he goes about his business of making a few Gather Information checks regarding your illicit activities, to better shut them down at a later date.
* HappilyEverAfter: [[spoiler:Elan's fate, according to the Oracle]].
* HealingHands: Has the spell Mass Cure Light Wounds from his latest bard level, and picked up Neutralize Poison at the same time. Post-Empire of Blood, he decides to take on a "backup healer" role and picks up Cure Critical Wounds, as well as a wand of Cure Moderate Wounds later on.
* TheHeart: Referred to as such by Durkon. He's more heroic than anyone else and very likable. Even [[TokenEvilTeammate Belkar likes him]].
* HeroesWantRedheads: Takes him a while to notice, but he eventually ends up in a relationship with Haley.
* HeroWithAnFInGood: Sometimes because he's TheDitz (to the point at which Roy briefly abandons him to his fate) and sometimes because he's ''too'' GenreSavvy.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: His obliviousness to [[spoiler:his father, Tarquin,]] being evil. This isn't so much a case of Elan's ditziness as it is WrongGenreSavvy -- Elan mistakes ruthlessness for the well-intentioned pragmatism displayed by Roy. Also, he understandably loves/trusts [[spoiler:his father]], and the affection is mutual despite [[spoiler:his father's]] [[CardCarryingVillain Card-Carrying Villainy]].
* HurricaneOfPuns: Required by the Dashing Swordsman class feature. {{Lampshaded}} by Tarquin when he tells Julio that Elan's vocabulary is terrible.
* IdiotBall: He grabs it whenever it has the potential to be funnier.
* IdiotHero: He sure is an idiot, and he tries very hard to be a hero. Maybe not as bad since he TookALevelInBadass, but he still has some cringe-worthy moments.
* IllNeverTellYouWhatImTellingYou: A good one from ''On the Origin of [=PCs=]'':
-->'''Elan:''' Sir, I'm not about to tell an innkeep I just met about the priceless antique shield Sir François carries, or the pouch of rare gems he keeps hidden in his saddlebags, of his purse filled with platinum pieces that he hides in his left boot when he sleeps.
%% IncrediblyLamePun redirect to Pun.
* InformedAttractiveness: He's a stick figure character that doesn't look much different than any other, and yet has multiple girls flirting with him.
%% * InsaneTrollLogic
* InstantIceJustAddCold: When V "accidentally" encases him in ice, for [[UnwantedAssistance helping]] with [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0041.html a concentration check]].
* InvisibleStreaker: Attempted inverted invocation. Elan tries to be this when he thinks that because wearing heavy armor makes you less stealthy, wearing less armor will make you stealthier and [[NakedPeopleAreFunny being naked will make you invisible]].
* ItsTheBestWhateverEver: Elan has a habit of saying this, usually shortly before the other shoe drops.
* JackOfAllStats: Definitely entering this territory. His bardsong, illusions, and limited healing make him a passable support caster and healer, and his Dashing Swordsman class has boosted his combat effectiveness enough to make him a decent melee fighter as well. He doesn't outstrip any of the team's specialists, but he's an effective replacement for any member of the team but V.
* LawOfDisproportionateResponse: Gladiator arena where falsely imprisoned men kill eachother for the benefit of the cheering crowds. What is it that offends Elan the most? [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0775.html The awful choreography of the pre-game show]].
* LeetLingo: Parodied in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0696.html "Still a Long Way to Go"]]. V assures Roy that there will be a proofing stage for Elan's message.
* TheLoad: At the beginning of the comic many jokes were made about his uselessness. Until he TookALevelInBadass, Roy compared adventuring with him to adventuring with syphilis. He leans toward TheMillstone when his music keeps making things worse, and especially when he blew up Dorukan's Dungeon.
* LoverNotAFighter: Initially because he's a bard. Then he becomes a Dashing Swordsman, a prestige class that lets him use his Charisma as his primary attack stat.
%% There is NO "LukeIAmYourFather", see the Tarquin entry.
* MadLibsCatchPhrase: "[[MagicMusic X, X, X, X the Y!]]"
* MagicWand: Haley picks him up a magic wand of Cure Moderate Wounds.
* ManChild: It's a running gag from Elan to display behavior fitting more with a not-so-bright kid than an adult. Notably, Roy has to baby-sit Elan, fixing at what time he could go to sleep for example. When [[spoiler:reunited with his father, Tarquin, he spends a full day enjoying the Empire of Blood equivalent to kiddy rides (riding dinosaurs)]].
* MasterOfIllusion: "Master" is a bit generous, but Illusion is Elan's favored school of magic and the one he most relies on when he remembers to use his bardic spells.
* MeaningfulName: Elan -- "enthusiasm"/"liveliness".
* TheMedic: He's become the secondary healer with [[spoiler:Durkon's vampirism problem]]
* MetaGuy: GenreSavvy is his only form of useful intelligence, and after he takes a level in Dashing Swordsman, he derives his new powers from adventure tropes.
* {{Metaphorgotten}}: A frequent trait of his, especially when giving speeches.
* MinMaxing: Is ironically the only member of the Order with an optimized build, since both Bard and Dashing Swordsman are primarily Charisma-based for Spellcasting and Swordfighting, respectively -- and Charisma is a stat that Elan has in spades.
* MoralityPet: He helps Hailey develop beyond a greedy and selfish rogue; this is why she fell in love with him.
* MrExposition: Most often through song, and with the addition of illusory magic to provide illustrations.
* MusicForCourage: A bard skill is boosting performance with song. He has varying success, though not for lack of trying.
* MySignificanceSenseIsTingling: Sometimes, as a result of his Genre Savviness.
-->'''Elan:''' ...Hey, did anyone else get that foreboding feeling just now?
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: "I'm invisible!"
* NiceGuy: He's solidly "good" on the character alignment. [[spoiler:So much so, when Nale is killed by Tarquin, he screams an anguished, "NALE!!!" Keep in mind, Elan ''despises'' Nale at this point -- but he's still his brother.]] See also TheHeart.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The others have to call him on his stupid choices sometimes, especially Roy after the destruction of Dorukan's dungeon.
* NobleShoplifter:
** After escaping the Cliffport prison, he leaves a note of excuse in the clothes shop he's stealing from (since he doesn't have any money at all).
** Later, he leaves gold after getting a new lute while fleeing Azure City.
* OddFriendship: He gets along well with Thog, the evil and dimwitted barbarian.
* OneStatToRuleThemAll: Charisma is the key ability for his bardsong and bard spells, and his Dashing Swordsman levels let him apply it to attack and damage rolls as well.
* OnlyOneName: Like his brother and father.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: In combat, he lacks the physical power of Roy or Belkar and while he can do spells, he isn't capable of V's firepower or healing as well as Durkon. He's perfectly fine with this.
-->'''Elan:''' I don't know why everyone complains about being overshadowed in combat. I always found it very relaxing.
* PickedLast: Elan is picked last when the party splits. Even when there was ''nobody else left to pick'', Roy still didn't want to pick him.
* ThePowerOfActing: The Dashing Swordsman class is like playing the role of a movie style ActionHero in real life.
* PrestigeClass: Dashing Swordman. He's the only party member to take a prestige class (though he needed it most).
* ProtectorBehindBars: The danger Haley is in really inspires him to break out of jail.
* {{Pun}}: His Dashing Swordsman prestige class allows him to add his huge Charisma bonus to damage as long as he makes a pun with each attack.
* QuirkyBard: Elan's the prototype before taking a prestige class... and often afterwards as well.
* RealityEnsues:
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0004.html When trying to help Roy bluff an ogre, he warns the ogre that they are bluffing]].
** Haley has to remind him that singing can't ever improve moving silently.
* RousingSpeech: Spoofed in Elan's speech prior to the battle for Azure City. He quotes a number of famous speeches, goes off in a tangent and then tries to his use bardic music.
* RoyalRapier: His weapon of choice, although he's lost a few. His silver rapier was given to him by Julio Scoundrél [[spoiler:and sundered by his father]].
* RuleOfDrama: He mostly follows it, though he also knows [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0670.html when to avert it]]. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0938.html Stories are fun, but they aren't worth hurting people over]].
* RunningGag: His bard songs making things worse instead of helping.
* SarcasmBlind: Though Elan is slowly getting a better grasp of sarcasm, it's still hit-or-miss for him.
* ShatteringTheIllusion: [[spoiler:He's the first to realize the party was stuck in a LotusEaterMachine after descending Girard's pyramid, and subsequently assists the party in breaking out of it.]]
* ShipperOnDeck: In book 4, he thinks Lien and Hinjo need to repopulate the paladin race.
* ShowSomeLeg: Early on, this is his primary tactic with illusions -- make an attractive female version of the enemy's species. [[SubvertedTrope It never works as intended]], as his enemies tend to be married, gay, or [[GirlsHaveCooties Thog]].
%%* TheSocialExpert:
* SoftGlass: The Dashing Swordsman PrestigeClass gives him immunity against damage from shattered glass.
* SomethingThatBeginsWithBoring: Elan with Roy, while waiting in the dragon's cave.
* TheSquire: Formerly the squire of a paladin, Sir François, who ditched Elan due to his constant incompetence.
* SuperWindowJump: He has taken a liking to glass-breaking dramatism since acquiring his Dashing Swordsman PrestigeClass.
* TemptingFate: GenreSavvy enough to become worried when someone invokes {{Retirony}}, for example.
* ThereWasADoor: Elan prefers to jump through windows even when doors are present, because his Prestige Class gives him immunity against damage from shattered glass. And because it's dramatic. At one point he specifically jumps through the window because they had left the door open, so he couldn't burst through it dramatically like everybody else.
* TooDumbToFool: An interesting example. When [[spoiler:the team is under the influence of an illusion spell which makes them live through their greatest dreams, Elan is the one able to see through it, because while Roy and Haley have somewhat realistic desires, Elan's dreams are, as he puts it "stupid childish ideas that should never have happened". Basically, Elan is so naive that even he can see the absurdity of his fantasies]].
* TooDumbToLive: Somewhat Averted. While he regularly gets into life threatning situations and makes existing situations worse by his stupid actions, he has not yet died, although this is entirely thanks to his luck and the help of his friends.
* TookALevelInBadass: A quite literal example of this trope. Dashing Swordsman hugely improved his effectiveness because its power is based on his high Charisma.
* ToThePain: An [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0101.html unconventional]] version.
-->'''Elan:''' But me, I have a different method of persuasion. Tell us what we need to know, OR--\\
'''Goblin teen:''' Do your worst!\\
'''Elan:''' --I'll cry. You heard me. I'll start bawling like a toddler who dropped their ice cream on the sidewalk. In front of your friends, your teachers, any girls you like. And I'll tell them it's because YOU won't be my friend. \\
'''Goblin teen:''' You wouldn't.\\
'''Elan:''' I think I'm misting up already.
* UpbringingMakesTheHero: Pointed out in an early strip, where Elan's happy childhood with his sweet, loving mother is responsible for turning him into the good-hearted lovable goofball he is, while his brother's father turned him into a miserable sociopath. [[spoiler:As he grieves over his brother, he laments that while Nale may have deserved what he got, he might have been no better if their positions were reversed. While we know this isn't ''quite'' true, since Nale was whacking Elan when they were babies, it's still a powerful moment.]]
-->'''Elan:''' [[spoiler:He was your SON! Not a plot element! And if he was kind of a crappy person, it's because YOU made him that way!]]
* WanderingMinstrel: He's a bard; his understanding of [[{{Tropes}} fictional devices]] is part of what gives him power.
* WhatTheHellHero: Does this to V for [[spoiler:[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0596.html disintegrating Kubota]]]], using his illusion casting abilities to drive it home.
-->'''Elan:''' ''[to Vaarsuvius]'' [[SarcasmMode Wow, V, you're absolutely right]]. It's ''totally cool'' for us to go around killing people. As long as it make it more convenient for us, why worry? I mean, it's not as if knowing that we need to ''lie about it to the [[LawfulGood paladin]]'' is a good indication that it may be the wrong idea.\\
'''[[MasterOfIllusion Illusion]] [[TokenEvilTeammate Belkar]]:''' I honestly don't see any problem with that plan. Rock on, elf buddy!
* WhatWouldXDo: When forced to think for himself, his default tactic seems to be "work out what Roy would say".
* WithCatlikeTread: Elan is spectacularly bad at stealth, as shown in the strip when he '''[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0090.html ROLLS A 4!]]''' on his Move Silently check, and when Haley has to remind him that singing to encourage his companions to move silently across the battlefield is counterproductive. The one time he managed to use stealth effectively, he immediately snuck back into the bandit camp he'd just escaped from because he felt it was his duty as a bard to seduce the bandit queen.
* YouFightLikeACow: It's part of his Dashing Swordsman skillset, but he hasn't exactly mastered this move yet. Although he did quite well during his battle with Nale just after getting the Dashing Swordsman class.
-->'''Nale:''' We're identical twins, you idiot! You just insulted yourself!\\
'''Elan:''' Really? 'cause you seem to have a couple more holes in you right now.


->''"I require a reminder as to why raining arcane destruction is not an appropriate response to all of life's indignities. Quickly, please, before they are out of range."''

->'''Race:''' Elf\\
'''Gender:''' Unknown\\
'''Class:''' Wizard [Evoker]\\
'''Alignment:''' [[TrueNeutral Arrogant Neutral]] [-(according to the Adventure Game)-]

An [[InsufferableGenius intelligent and rather condescending]], [[OurElvesAreBetter elf]] [[SquishyWizard wizard]]. Extremely skilled in the arcane arts, and the most powerful member of the Order (as frequently stated in-universe: casters are overpowered). Deeply dislikes Belkar; the feeling is mutual, and the two tend to play near-lethal pranks on one another. Has a spouse and two children. Vaarsuvius made some powerful decisions during a solo arc that resulted in much alignment confusion and CharacterDevelopment.
%%* ActionMom: Even V's kids refer to their parents simply as "Parent".
* AmbiguouslyGay: Kyrie's gender is as unclear as V's and their children are adopted, and [[spoiler:the background to V's transformation includes a pink triangle.]] No word on whether ''that'' is intentional.
* AmbiguousGender: No-one is sure what V's gender is. If anyone (including Rich himself) says it, they should be assumed to be guessing.
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:When the Fiends call in their deal, Vaarsuvius's and Blackwing's souls are separated from their bodies and dragged down to Hell, where they're kept in restraints and forced to watch what's going on in the mortal plane.]]
* AndThatWouldBeWrong: TropeNamer. Namely, blowing people up over social problems.
* AndYourLittleDogToo: Familicide, courtesy of Haerta Bloodsoak. What is "Familicide", you ask? It's an epic-level necromancy spell that instantly kills everyone you're related to and everyone ''they're'' related to. ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill.
* AntiHero: Over the course of the comic, V's capacity for ruthless decisions and HairTriggerTemper have gradually increased, culminating in them making a [[spoiler:[[DealWithTheDevil Deal with a Devil, a Demon, and a Daemon]] to save their family - and obtain godlike power into the bargain.]]
* TheAtoner: After [[spoiler:the incident with the fiends and Xykon. And again, after learning that the Familicide spell V used to kill the black dragons has wiped out the Draketooths, and anyone related to them.]]
* BadassBoast: Vaarsuvius specialises in producing these:
-->'''Vaarsuvius:''' Your simple mind cannot possibly grasp the means with which I wrested the beast from the jaws of reality, leaving naught but a small pile of carpet sweepings.
* BadassBookworm: The person who spends all their time reading scrolls instead of "jogging" is easily ''the'' most powerful member of the Order, at least [[VancianMagic as long as V has spells remaining]]. It's to the point where the only characters seen onscreen who aren't Gods or similarly powerful entities that can be sure of overpowering them in a straight fight are Xykon, Redcloak, [[spoiler: the Ghost of Soon]] and V's Master Aarindarius (by implication, since Aarindarius was supposed to be capable of crushing the elder Black Dragon that had trounced V with little effort) -- though Laurin and Miron might be in with a shout -- all of whom are ridiculously high level. This leads to a lot of DeusExitMachina. Note that V became an adventurer to get more XP for spell research.
* BadDreams: Or rather, Bad Trance Memories, complete with the CatapultNightmare. [[spoiler:Azure City soldiers beg V for help only to be slaughtered while the elf hides behind a invisibility spell.]]
* BalefulPolymorph: Spends several comics turned into a small purple lizard.
* BerserkButton: Do ''not'' question Vaarsuvius's magic skills, [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0677.html call V a Warlock]], or threaten the elf's family. Gods help you if you threaten the family. In fact, gods help ''your'' family and ''extended'' family too.
* BigDamnHeroes: Vaarsuvius all but single-handedly turns the weakened Order's fight against [[spoiler:Tarquin's army]] from a desperate last stand to a winnable fight just by showing up -- timely Stoneskin, Fireball and Wall of Fire spells give much needed breathing room and turn the tide.
* BoringButPractical: After becoming TheAtoner, V has learned to reject flashy, dangerous spells, and instead uses less glamorous, but highly effective ones, like casting Greater Extended Invisibility on Haley to give her unlimited Sneak Attacks, using Mass Suggestion to incapacitate a group of giants with a single spell (as opposed to multiple damage attacks which may not kill all of them), or using a Counterspell to render an enemy spellcaster useless.
* BreakTheHaughty: With a lot of salt being rubbed into the wound. Continued in a ''very'' literal fashion when V [[spoiler:decides to [[TooDumbToLive take on Xykon single-handedly]]]].
* BroughtDownToNormal: What do you get if you put a powerful elven arcane spellcaster inside a sphere of AntiMagic? A fragile, pointy-eared monkey.
-->'''Black Dragon:''' While I? ''[[CurbStompBattle Am still a dragon.]]''
* ByronicHero: V has a troubled backstory, a cranky personality, and yet still helps Roy after the contract was ripped up. However, V completely lacks the charisma associated with this trope.
* CallingYourAttacks: It is justified, since in this world, a wizard has to say the spell's name in order to properly perform it. Subverted on occasion, as Vaarsuvius has both shouted out spell names for spells not prepared, and produced the effects of a spell without casting. [[spoiler:In this case, describing the effect of Sleep put the monsters to sleep]].
* CantArgueWithElves: Try arguing with Vaarsuvius. Haley basically [[DopeSlap smacked V on the head]] after one too many "And the problem with that would be...?" replies in ''On the Origin of [=PCs=]''.
* CharacterDevelopment: Initially, Vaarsuvius had little to no respect for their teammates, solved most problems with magical explosions and refused to admit any sort of failure on their part. All of this traits have been greatly diminished after the ''Don't Split the Party'' arc. Current V is much more considerate of their companions' opinions, fights intelligently by utilizing their abilities and has adopted [[TheAtoner making up for their past mistakes]] as a major part of their motivation.
* CharmPerson: Suggestion, Charm and Dominate spells form part of V's arsenal, and are typically employed if an opponent cannot be blasted with evocations for whatever reason.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Sometimes has trouble with the concept that wizards aren't all-powerful gods of destruction compared to the non-magic using classes.
-->'''Vaarsuvius:''' Thrice-cursed Spell Resistance! It's almost like the universe is trying to deliberately force some form of arbitrary equality between those of us who can reshape matter with our thoughts and those who cannot.
* ConsummateProfessional: Started out business-like and polite. Then V became insufferable and needed their familiar to point out that it's not socially acceptable to solve social problems with explosions.
* {{Counterspell}}: Makes good use of this tactic during the fight against Samantha the bandit sorceress, noting that it is a legitimate, if seldom-used, means of disabling a spellcaster.
* CreatureOfHabit: Qarr suspects that V's "Invisibility before peeing" is a result of knowing he's there; although the elf HAS known he's there, the Invisibility is a habit V picked while being part of the Order.
-->'''Vaarsuvius:''' It frustrated a halfling I once knew to no end.
* CripplingOverspecialization: Gets this on two levels:
** Vaarsuvius is devoted to arcane knowledge, at the expense of everything else. This comes up twice in fairly quick succession when facing enemies that not only outclass the elf in magic but can also easily kill V in hand-to-hand combat: [[spoiler:the ancient black dragon and Xykon.]]
** Their chosen school is [[StuffBlowingUp Evocation]], meaning V is barred from using any [[SummonMagic Conjuration]] spells, many of which are generally regarded as the most useful arcane spells that can be learned. Their inability to cast Teleport (and in one instance, Plane Shift) as a result of this has caused problems for the Order.
* DeadpanSnarker: Only second to Roy in the snark, and even more deadpan.
-->'''Belkar:''' I just told you that he tried to ''kill'' me!\\
'''Vaarsuvius:''' Oh my, what a completely unprecedented reaction to spending more than ten minutes in your company.
* DealWithTheDevil: Specifically, deal with the Devil, the Demon, and Daemon. [[spoiler:And is theirs for 44:16. 20:35 have been already spent]].
* DeusExitMachina: Despite having their share of weaknesses that you would expect from a wizard, Vaarsuvius is sometimes removed from the party to keep the MainCharacters from using V's extensive powers.
* DeusExMachina: Dark V wraps up several story conundrums with a snap of their fingers, such as completing the relocation of [[spoiler:Azure City]] refugees with MassTeleportation, and even with their normal power they off the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Bad Guy of the Week]], just to move the story ahead. Naturally, it doesn't last long as Xykon is stronger than them regardless due to him not requiring Soul Splices. It's played for laughs in regards to reuniting the Order, as their teammates found mundane solutions just as V is about to use their mega-power magic solution.
* DisintegratorRay: V likes to disintegrate a lot, [[spoiler:notably offing the adolescent black dragon, Kubota, and later finishing the ancient black dragon this way]].
* DisproportionateRetribution: Delivered to V and [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0639.html returned manyfold]].
* DumbIsGood: Vaarsuvius is sometimes condescending towards others simply because of their lesser intelligence, making this an example of the "smart people are mean" part of the trope.
* DumpStat: Strength (can only carry one Bag of Holding), Constitution (elf; plus a backstory that involves studying, but little exercise), and Charisma (genuinely worried about being capable of apologizing to a friend). Hell, looking at decisions over the course of the comic, Wisdom is looking iffy too, especially pre-splice (though this seems to have improved), and V's Dexterity is nothing worth writing home about (despite having an Elf's proficiency with a bow, V states that they're nowhere near ''good'' with it). Vaarsuvius's status as master of the dump stat has been Lampshaded when V's singular focus on Intelligence was compared to Roy's extremely wide point spread as in the difference between a well-trimmed hamburger and a roast turkey dinner.
* {{Elfeminate}}: The main reason for the ambiguous gender.
* EurekaMoment: During their fight with Zz'dtri [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0799.html at the]] [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0800.html Empire Arena]].
-->'''Vaarsuvius:''' How in the infinite planes of existence am I supposed to be capable of defeating a wizard who has tailored not just their daily spells but their very build specifically to defeat... [[CripplingOverspecialization me]].
* EverythingsBetterWithRainbows: Prismatic Spray is one of V's most powerful attack spells, with each color of light producing a different effect, including setting the target on fire, stunning it, banishing it or turning it to stone.
* EvilIsNotAToy: V knows that, but [[spoiler:unfortunately choses to ignore it and accepts the IFCC's deal]].
* EvilLaugh: [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0635.html "Ha ha HA ha ha HA ha HA ha! Wait... why am I laughing? I don't... the voices..."]]
* EvilMakeover: [[spoiler:The Soul Splice turns his robe black and makes his hair crazy; though V isn't affected apart from appearances]].
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: V started out with their hair short and with a circlet, but has since switched to longer, shaggier style that is pulled back and tied off. This seems to coincide with V realizing that absolute power is not all it's cracked up to be, as well as letting go of their family. It helps that this was after coming down from an episode of PowerMakesYourHairGrow.
* ExpoSpeakGag: V's comedic stock-in-trade.
-->'''Vaarsuvius:''' Fascinating. Durkon, I have just now formulated a theory that encompasses both Nale's likely method of engagement and the most suitable response on our part.\\
'''Durkon:''' ''THA TREES BE ATTACKIN'!! RUN FER YER LIVES!!!!''\\
'''Vaarsuvius:''' Ah, I see you have already grasped the core principles of my theory.
* FatalFlaw:
** {{Pride}} in the power of arcane magic, to the point where V's inability to [[IneffectualLoner admit to needing help]] has been a major factor in accepting a [[spoiler:DealWithTheDevil]].
** Their [[IneffectualLoner poor social skills]] tend to cause a lot of problems. During the Battle for Azure City, V is too embarrassed to admit that they are out of spells to use. While V could have explained this and suggested a fighting retreat, they instead turn invisible and flees. Half the remaining army panics, some even dropping their weapons in the process, while the other half gets angry and tries holding onto an untenable defensive position. Both groups are slaughtered. That level of slaughter is on par with Belkar, but unlike Belkar, V has a conscience and is almost driven insane from the guilt. Instead of seeking help and advice for this event, V instead pushes people away further, [[spoiler:again, leading to the DealWithTheDevil.]]
* FingerPokeOfDoom: "Disintegrate."
-->'''Vaarsuvius:''' Not if my index finger has anything to say about it. And, as it turned out, it had quite the stirring dissertation prepared on that very subject.
* FireForgedFriends: V finally learns to treat [[{{Familiar}} Blackwing]] as an equal after witnessing the latter's bravery when [[spoiler:he plays a vital role in V and O-Chul's attempt to destroy Xykon's phylactery]].
* {{Flight}}: With the ''Overland Flight'' spell, and V can also bestow it upon others.
* FlippingTheBird: [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness "Bugsby's Expressive Single Digit!"]] [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0624.html *flip!*]]
* FunctionalMagic: As fitting for a ''Dungeons & Dragons'' comic. Vaarsuvius is explicitly an evoker, with necromancy and conjuration as forbidden schools.
* GlassCannon: V can dish '''lots''' of damage, but as your archetypal SquishyWizard, is much less adept at taking it.
* AGodAmI: The IFCC warn V that the Soul Splice's side effects include "feelings of omnipotence" and indeed V soon believes that V can solve all the party's problems single-handily. Disabusing the elf of this notion is part of Xykon's TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.
* GoodCounterpart: To Zz'dtri (terse dark elf) and Pompey (clearly male half-elf).
* GoodHairEvilHair: Once the Soul Splice is completed, V's hair grows quite long and wild. Upon reverting, it's tied up into a ponytail.
* GrammarNazi: As shown in one of the strips in ''Snips, Snails and Dragon Tails'', V hates sentences that end in prepositions.
* GuileHero: While V has no problem blasting minor problems into oblivion, V is usually not in position to solve problems with main force, and must rely on their wits and intelligence instead, which V usually does admirably (eventually; no V arc is possible without some serious false starts). There is one [[WouldBeRudeToSayGenocide notable exception...]]
* HappilyMarried: DiscussedTrope. No one can deny that V loves Inkyrius, and V believes that they had a good relationship, but Blackwing points out the truth. V has been away from their family ''for six years'' learning arcane magic, and even when the elf was home, V was emotionally absent. [[spoiler:This is where V realizes that V has been a terrible mate and does not contest the divorce.]]
* HearingVoices: During the Soul Splice, Vaarsuvius's three "subcontractors" talk a lot amongst themselves and can be heard audibly. It's later revealed that they had as much influence over V's actions alignment-wise as cheerleaders do over the outcome of a football game.
* HeroicBSOD:
** Vaarsuvius is being driven insane by guilt over a perceived [[MyGreatestFailure failure]] in Azure City, as well as many failures since. As a result, the elf has become obsessed with ''not'' failing and, by extension, with finally succeeding at something that will prove that V is not a failure.
** Vaarsuvius has a bigger one when realizing [[spoiler:the actual effects of the Familicide spell: not only did V kill all black dragons directly related to the ancient black dragon the spell was initially cast on, but also the entire Draketooth family, who descended from a black dragon, and everybody the Draketooths had children with, and their families...]]
--->'''Vaarsuvius:''' ''[curled on the floor]'' My fault. I am the cause. It sprang from my brow.
* HeroWithAnFInGood: V has had some memorable NiceJobBreakingItHero moments, [[spoiler:such as Familicide, leading to the death of the Draketooth family, which leaves their gate undefended.]]
* HesBack: [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0919.html With a hell of a bang]]. With three spells, V turns the tide of battle.
* HiddenDepths: Turns out to be very knowledgeable with regards to romance on account of already being married. Subverted later on when it's pointed out that V hasn't exactly been the most attentive mate [[spoiler: and Inkyrius ends up filing for divorce]].
* HoldingBackThePhlebotinum: Vaarsuvius is usually knocked out of fights quickly to prevent LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards from taking play. When V ''is'' able to participate, the fight either [[CurbStompBattle ends quickly]] or is against a powerful opponent with [[AntiMagic some form of magic resistance]]. This only gets more pronounced as the comic goes on and Vaarsuvius [[LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards theoretically becomes more and more powerful compared to the rest of the party]]:
** When the party faces a Black Dragon, Vaarsuvius has been polymorphed into a lizard, barring V from most of their spells. Even so, V is ''still'' the one to defeat it.
** In a battle in Cliffport, Vaarsuvius immediately gets knocked out of the fight via a combination of poor tactics and being [[SquishyWizard too close to a melee combatant]].
** In the battle for Azure city, Vaarsuvius gets separated from the rest of the party and the elf is ''still'' the member of the Order with the largest contributions to the battle.
** V holds them self back when a caravan comes under attack so as to repress their more undesirable personality traits, namely their ego.
** When they are attacked by a pair of bounty hunters, V is immediately disabled by a bolt with strength-reducing poison.
** In [[spoiler:Girard's ziggurat, V is completely paralyzed with guilt at having killed thousands of innocents and then literally paralyzed by the IFCC, thereby making very few contributions to the Order's activities]].
** Demonstrated when pteranadon-mounted soldiers [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0921.html attack]] V, Haley and Elan; Haley starts rapping out a complex plan of attack, V just chain-lightnings the entire squadron.
--->'''Haley:''' Oh, yeah. Wizard.
** Vaarsuvius doesn't respond to Blackwing's empathic cry for help because Blackwing had already sent too many over trivial and paranoid fears. As a result, [[spoiler:the animal companions are placed in serious danger and a vampire gets away with an important magic item]].
* IdiotBall:
** V gets slammed with it [[spoiler:in the epic battle versus Xykon, despite having more than enough sheer power on hand to win if the battle were fought in a halfway intelligent manner. {{Justified|Trope}} due to V's overwhelming power trip and arrogance]].
** Played straight elsewhere. [[spoiler:The Oracle all but tells V that the price for ultimate arcane power would be too high. Vaarsuvius only hears that the power sought is coming]].
** V also assumed the [[spoiler:IFCC would only have their soul after they died. The IFCC calmly tell V that was an assumption. No-one ever said they couldn't invoke their payment ''before'' V died]].
* IgnoredEpiphany:
** Even if ThePlan they laid out was unworkable, [[spoiler:the fiends make sure that V is aware of the fact that the true motives for accepting their deal were pride and desire for ultimate power, rather than any nobler goal. Despite this being thrown in V's face, the elf accepts the deal. V later learns the lesson, but only after the damage is done]].
** Prior to that, V's question of the Oracle has the Oracle strongly hint that the cost of V's desire for power would come at a terrible price due to V's pride. V only notices that the power sought will be achieved.
* ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty: Amusingly averted; according to V, one of the main drawbacks to an elven lifespan is twenty years in diapers.
* InferioritySuperiorityComplex: V believes themself to be superior and thus obessed with demonstrating it. This is especially bad during the ''Don't Split the Party'' arc; during a string of (partially perceived) heavy failures and PTSD to boot, V becomes impossible to live with.
* InSeriesNickname: The rest of the Order often calls them just [[OneLetterName V]]. Belkar sometimes calls them Ears. Inkyrius calls them Suvie.
* InsufferableGenius: Yes, V is the most powerful member of the Order by a large margin. That doesn't mean V should bring it up all the time. Less prominent after an episode of BreakTheHaughty, and then being confronted with the massive consequences of what may be [[GenocideDilemma V's biggest mistake]].
* InsultToRocks: [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0286.html V apologies to the tables of the world]] for [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0285.html comparing them to Belkar]].
* ItsAllMyFault: V's reaction to [[spoiler:realizing the full implication of Familicide]], and actually true in this case. However, it's also an important turning point in Vaarsuvius's character arc, as the elf refuses ''any'' potential loopholes, justifications, or excuses for the act in question and insists that the responsibility is hirs and hirs alone.
* ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies: Part of V's reason for [[spoiler:not contesting the divorce]].
* {{Jerkass}}: Often arrogant and sometimes pity. During the ''Don't Split the Party'' arc, a combination of guilt, bad dreams, and trance-deprivation make him even worse and it culminates with V threatening [[spoiler:to ''kill Elan'']].
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: V still has good qualities beneath the haughty exterior, and is trying to become a better person with Blackwing's help.
* JustEatHim: Swallowed once by an owlbear and twice by black dragons...
* KickTheDog: [[spoiler:Taunting the black dragon about her dead son]]. There's no excuse for that, and it illustrates how close V is from an evil alignment before the fiends show up. [[spoiler:Kubota spent a page explaning to Elan why he was going to become a KarmaHoudini despite surrendering, so V disintegrating him is understandable from an AntiHero perspective. ''Committing familicide'' against every black dragon related to the one that attacked their family is extreme to say the least, but it prevents other family members from trying what this dragon failed -- except for the fact the IFCC has promised Tiamat ten good dragon deaths for every black dragon that died. There's also the fact that any ''human'' even remotely related to that dragon is also offed -- which includes the entire Draketooth lineage. Oops.]]
%% * KickTheMoralityPet
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Honestly, [[spoiler:Kubota]] had it coming. However, V had ''no idea'' who he was, or even his ''alignment''. For all V cared, he was just a distraction from the mission to kill Xykon.
* KillItWithFire: ''Fireball'' or ''Scorching Ray'' are often the first choice of offensive spell.
-->'''Vaarsuvius:''' ''Burn'', you insufferably terse dullard!!
* KnightTemplarParent: As part of hir epic HeroicBSOD, he sets a long-distance record for JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope with this trope when fighting the mother black dragon. [[spoiler:With this mindset, the solution to prevent this kind of thing from happening again is clearly to wipe out the opposing family and anyone related to them.]]
* LackOfEmpathy: To the extent of a FatalFlaw. V does [[CharacterDevelopment eventually come around]] to [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone recognizing it]] but too late to [[spoiler:save their marriage or the quest for Girard's Gate]]. It also leads V to ignore Blackwing when [[spoiler:he sends an empathic distress call while a vampire attacks him and steals a vital teleportation crystal from their quarters, though Blackwing had been CryingWolf for some time before]].
* LastNameBasis: Calls Roy "Sir Greenhilt", Haley "Miss Starshine" and Durkon "Master Thundershield", and tends to follow a similarly formal, professional pattern for other people. Just about the only people V doesn't refer to this way are Belkar (probably reflecting their level of respect for him) and Elan ([[QuirkyBard quite possibly true again]], but then he [[OnlyOneName doesn't actually have a given surname]]). Notably, V doesn't call Belkar or Elan by their ''first'' names, either -- generally using "the halfling" or "the bard," and variations thereof.
* LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain:
** The incident in which [[spoiler:Belkar [[KissingUnderTheInfluence kissed V whilst drunk]]]] must only ever be referred to as "The Event".
** The two days spent in the Semi-Elemental Plane of Ranch Dressing after being sent there by [[spoiler:Zz'dtri]] is a story Vaarsuvius would much rather have go untold. [[MediumAwareness Especially in the books]].
* LethalJokeItem: [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0033.html Doilies]] are the key to ultimate arcane power!
* LevitatingLotusPosition: Vaarsuvius floats in this position while in a trance to regain spells.
** Belkar took advantage of this once [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0334.html to play a prank on V]].
** V also does it in the Draketooth temple after calming down and awaiting doom at the hands of what the elf thinks is a {{Revenant|Zombie}}.
* LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards:
** By the #600 comic point, V has incredibly powerful magic available, and is the most powerful of TheTeam (by quite a lot) in terms of sheer damage-causing ability. This is tempered by V's "barred" schools, and the fact that if the elf gets too close to the action and gets either knocked out, gagged, paralyzed, transformed (lizard), or runs out of spells, he will become less helpful than Elan. This is a causative factor behind a HeroicBSOD. Because of what happened in the flashback strip [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0623.html "Running Away"]].
** Played with and ultimately defied in [[spoiler:[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0800.html "Right Tool for the Job"]]. V is up against a character who has tailored his very build to shut down the elf's entire spell list directly, even at its most effective. V gets around this by dominating the mind of an enemy crossbowman (crossbowkobold?), and correctly estimates the physical bolts as a weakness to be exploited. Hence, for all the supreme power V has, victory is achieved by using a ranger's abilities instead]].
* LovesTheSoundOfScreaming: Only the screams of people that are really hated. For example, [[spoiler:forcing the Linear Guild's third kobold Yukyuk to serve as Mr. Scruffy's litter box while he is under mind control, and V is very much aware of what's going on; V, as the one controlling him, is the only one who can hear his screams]].
-->'''Vaarsuvius:''' [[AndIMustScream His silent screams]] are a symphony I cannot share.
* MassTeleportation: During [[spoiler:the Soul Splice]]. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0643.html "Epic Teleport!"]]
* MomentOfWeakness: Guilt, trance-depravation, physical injury, and hir family seconds away from a FateWorseThanDeath are all contributing factors in hir DealWithTheDevil.
-->'''Vaarsuvius:''' [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0634.html I... I must succeed.]]
* MoralityChain:
** According to the books, Haley helps rein in V, and her absence contributes to V's breakdown in ''Don't Split the Party''.
** Blackwing has taken on this role to keep destruction to a minimum.
* MorphicResonance: V keeps a pink or purple color scheme whenever transformed.
* MuggleMageRomance: Is married to a baker, though the relationship suffers from Vaarsuvius being much more invested in their pursuit of arcane power than in their spouse. [[spoiler:[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0679.html Ultimately]], the baker files for divorce.]]
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: Not so different from Belkar and Miko on this point, despite hating those two. Notably, over mere interaction problems:
-->'''Vaarsuvius:''' As the size of an explosion increases, the number of social situations it is incapable of solving approaches zero.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: When V comes down from the power high of the Soul Splice, V can only look back in horror at what they've done. V ''shuts down'' on realizing that [[spoiler:[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0842.html that the Draketooth family are all descendants of an ancient black dragon]]]].
* MyGreatestFailure:
** Vaarsuvius is distraught over not having had enough power to win the battle at Azure City (though the wall would've fallen much earlier without V's aid), and failing to overcome the ''Cloister'' spell (though the elf very nearly ''succeeded'' with the bird-messengers, if not for a freak incident that was no fault of anyone).
** The reconciliation with Durkon counts, as V is incredibly regretful of how the immense power gained from the Fiends was used and how, only after receiving a withering speech from Xykon after being defeated did V become truly effective.
** Vaarsuvius goes through it again when [[spoiler:realizing that the Familicide spell inadvertently killed the Draketooth family. And anyone they reproduced with and their families.]]
* {{Nerf}}: V can't cast teleport, through no fault of their own because when came the choice of opposed schools, Teleportation was not a conjuration spell, thus V thought it was safe to take conjuration as an opposed school.
* NeverLiveItDown: InUniverse example.
-->'''Vaarsuvius:''' I have a plan.\\
'''Blackwing:''' Does it involve selling your soul?
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** [[spoiler:Whether or not the black dragons Vaarsuvius murdered were AcceptableTargets, the sheer undiscriminating effects of Familicide killed quite a few innocents tied to them as well. Including the Draketooth clan, the protectors of Girard's gate]].
** Vaarsuvius's decision to stay quiet on a few subjects ([[spoiler:hir DealWithTheDevil, the Familicide and the planet in the Snarl's prison]]) has some disastrous consequences.
* NotBrainwashed: The Soul Splice has absolutely no effect on alignment. V [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope Jumps Off the Slippery Slope]] without help.
* NoTimeToExplain:
-->'''Vaarsuvius:''' Time is at a premium, precluding extended discussion.
* NotSoDifferent: From Redcloak. Both are [[WellIntentionedExtremist Well-Intentioned Extremists]] willing to go any lengths (up to and including [[WouldBeRudeToSayGenocide arguable genocide]]) to protect the people they care about (for Redcloak, it's goblins in general; for V, it's their family). Both are the most powerful character on their respective teams (with Redcloak, while he may not be as heavy a hitter as Xykon, Xykon has basically become Redcloak's [[spoiler:[[UnwittingPawn unwitting sockpuppet]]]]). They both like to Disintegrate things, both are formidable {{Guile Hero}}es (though Redcloak is a villain), both have to put up with an inordinate amount of idiocy (real or imagined), both are fond of ThePlan. Hence, these two have become a popular CrackPairing amongst the fandom.
* OhCrap: Vaarsuvius makes a lot of regrettable decisions, and, due to their intelligence, frequently realizes their mistake immediately after making it.
** [[spoiler:"Say 'disintegrate' one more time, Vaarsuvius. For me."]]
** V also has this expression [[spoiler:on discovering the ramifications of casting Familicide on the black dragon]].
* OldTimeyBathingSuit: In the "Beach Party" [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/Wallpapers.html wallpaper]], V wears one (as androgynous as ever).
* OneManArmy: Well, more like One-Elf-of-Ambiguous-Gender Army anyway, but V definitely counts. Note that during the battle with Tarquin's troops, V getting back up manages to turn a dramatic LastStand into something the heroes stand a chance of winning, tearing through hordes of Tarquin's troops single-handed while simultaneously deploying just the right magic in just the right places to keep up tactical advantage.
* OstentatiousSecret: Great lengths are taken to hide Vaarsuvius's gender and also point out that no one (not even The Giant himself) knows what it is.
* OurElvesAreBetter: Averted. V struggles with a lot of very human troubles and flaws such as pride, stubbornness, and thoughtlessness towards others. Vaarsuvius feels these flaws more and more keenly as time goes on and is working to improve.
* PaintItBlack: When V accepts the Soul Splice, the elf's normally red robe and cape turn black (along with instant hair extensions and pointy teeth). Bonus: the strip title is [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0635.html "I See a Red Robe and I Want to Paint it Black"]].
* PapaWolf or MamaBear: Gender notwithstanding, for the love of Thor, ''do not threaten V's kids''. [[spoiler:He'll wipe out your entire extended family if you do.]]
* PayEvilUntoEvil: V is actually rather sadistic, but they try to keep that pointed at the bad guys - a charmed kobold makes good kitty litter, for example. [[spoiler: Though sometimes they cause excessive collateral damage in the process of hurting said bad guys.]]
* PlatonicLifePartners or HeterosexualLifePartners: V and Haley have always been extremely close, with Haley only ever agreeing to share a room with V until she and Elan became a couple.
* ThePlotReaper: Vaarsuvius's [[spoiler:killing of Kubota]] is for this very reason. He was a distraction from the main plot.
* PointyEars: Comes with being an elf.
* PowerFloats: While trancing.
* PowerMakesYourHairGrow: A side-effect of the Soul Splice.
* PowersViaPossession: [[spoiler:Takes possession of three evil souls to gain their powers. Notably, V is NotBrainwashed by them]].
* PrepositionsAreNotToEndSentencesWith: In a ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'' strip, V blows the party's cover by ranting at a pair of wights who kept doing this.
* {{Pride}}: V's FatalFlaw. When given a choice between [[spoiler:selling their soul]] and getting help from their friends, V chose the former.
* PronounTrouble: For everybody else given the elf's ambiguous gender.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: As an elf, V is over a hundred years old but doesn't look any older than the rest of the Order.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Xykon gives a [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0657.html potent one]] to V about what power ''really'' means and why the elf lacks it.
* RightPlaceRightTimeWrongReason: The wording of the Oracle's prediction concerning V finding ultimate power.
* RingOfPower: [[AmplifierArtifact A Ring of Wizardry]], pried from Xykon's charred fingerbone.
* RunningGag: V's use of Explosive Runes.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: At times it becomes a problem. At one point V overcomes one of the rules of the game (namely, that TalkingIsAFreeAction).
-->'''Vaarsuvius:''' Actually, now just [six seconds]. I was being particularly verbose just there.
* ShipperOnDeck: Early on, V quietly supports the good ship Haley/Elan -- or, at least, knows that Haley is crushing on Elan and wants to help Elan towards realizing it.
* ShockAndAwe: Lightning spells are amongst Vaarsuvius's favorites.
* ShutUpHannibal: "Disintegrate. Gust of Wind. Now can we PLEASE resume saving the world?"
* TheSmartGuy: A powerful mage, and magic requires high intelligence. He's one of several in the Order of the Stick.
* SophisticatedAsHell: When V uses strong words, they're usually coated in this.
-->'''Vaarsuvius:''' [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0056.html No, no. I believe "sucked" was, in fact, the proper word.]]\\\
'''Vaarsuvius:''' [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0800.html I may be in error, but I believe the appropriate proclamation is, "Sneak Attack, bitch."]]
* TheSpock: Most of the time, V speaks in a measured and scholarly tone and is concerned with logic and efficiency. Although V has experienced enough emotional turmoil to lose cool at critical moments. The "Stick Trek" wallpaper actually casts V as Spock.
* SpockSpeak: V's normal way of speaking is formal and exact.
* SquishyWizard: As per standard for ''D&D'' wizards, he has great magical power but crumbles in physical confrontations.
* SugarAndIcePersonality: Varies wildly between "aloof asshole" and "huggable [[TheWoobie woobie]]", even within strips.
* TalkToTheHand: Vaarsuvius is very fond of the various Bugsby's Hand spells. In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0934.html #934]], Vaarsuvius would have pushed Tarquin [[spoiler:off the ''Mechane'']] if Laurin hadn't zapped the hand.
* TearsOfRemorse: A little overdue, very out of character... and definitely meant, in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0843.html "Lack of Foresight"]].
* TookALevelInJerkass: V's resistance to anything not involving Xykon directly, arrogance and overall occasionally rude behavior skyrocket during the period after Azure City where V refuses to trance for months. This culminates in threatening Elan and ditching the rest of the Order of the Stick. After the whole [[spoiler:DealWithTheDevil]] thing V returns to normal behavior or better.
* TragicHero: Since the events of [[spoiler:the Soul Splice]] V has to deal with great personal tragedy due to their hubris and is working on redemption
* TroubledFetalPosition: After realizing that [[spoiler:V caused the deaths of countless innocents with the Familicide spell.]]
* UnscrupulousHero: V's first major scene shows the elf gleefully using a spell designed to ''tentacle-rape an opponent to death'', and while this can partially be put down to EarlyInstallmentWeirdness, V continues to use Unscrupulous tactics.
* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler:Accepting the DealWithTheDevil and attacking Xykon play right into the GambitRoulette spun by the Inter-Fiend Cooperation Commission]].
* VancianMagic: Isn't too happy about the need to prepare spells every morning, as the article's epigraph indicates.
* VictoriousLoser: [[spoiler:Against Xykon. Though V lost the Soul Spice and didn't defeat Xykon, they rescued O-Chul and rattled the Lich's cage.]]
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Briefly polymorphed into a burrowing animal while searching for Girard's gate. [[spoiler: While powered up by the Soul Splice, V turned into a full-size dragon.]]
* WallOfBlather: Early on. It puts a bunch of goblins (as well as Belkar and Elan) to sleep.
* WhatYouAreInTheDark:
** V's state during the [[spoiler:DealWithTheDevil]]. The IFCC tells the elf that the splice will [[{{Brainwashed}} affect alignment]], while in reality it's only three additional [[GoodAngelBadAngel shoulder devils]], who don't have any real influence. [[spoiler:The answer is going DrunkWithPower and committing a genocide of black dragons. While the rest of the party doesn't know, [[AmbiguousGender Vaarsuvius's mate]], familiar, and the PowersThatBe (and {{Karma}}) ''do'']].
** V's [[spoiler:rescue of O-Chul qualifies]]. Vaarsuvius is heavily injured, nearly out of spells, and completely out of their league, against [[spoiler:Xykon, an Epic-level sorcerer and the BigBad]]. V turns invisible and means to escape through a hole in the wall, one Feather Fall away from safety... Nobody could possibly know or blame the elf for escaping in that situation, but V instead chooses to [[spoiler:go back and help O-Chul instead, rather than abandoning yet another person to their death]]. It is a very poignant and touching moment -- an important first step to redemption -- after everything Vaarsuvius has done.
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: The way V's been using magic since the beginning: load up with as much power as possible, then smash. Trying to break the habit in one arc, with difficulties. [[spoiler:It could be said to have succeeded, if [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0800.html "Right Tool for the Job"]] is anything to go by. Instead of blasting the enemy, buff your allies]].
%% TheWoobie: YMMV trope.
* WouldBeRudeToSayGenocide: Familicide. [[spoiler:Killing the Black Dragons was not, in retrospect, V's brightest hour]].
* WreathedInFlames: "Fire Shield."
* YouDoNotWantToKnow: V on their time in the Elemental Plane of Ranch Dressing.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Purple. It's OK because they're an elf.

[[folder:Belkar Bitterleaf]]
!!Belkar Bitterleaf


->'''Race:''' Halfling\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Class:''' Ranger/Barbarian\\
'''Alignment:''' [[ChaoticEvil Selfish Evil]] [-(according to the Adventure Game)-]

A.K.A. "The Belkster," "Death's Li'l Helper," and now "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Doomsealer]]". Even shorter than other {{halfling}}s, Belkar has deep-seated emotional problems. He tries to work these out by killing or otherwise harming people he doesn't like. Still, he has some of the best lines and is a major source of (black) comedy.
* AbstractScale: His evil is measured in [=KiloNazis=], against a baseline of the hypothetical off-spring of [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Sauron]] and [[Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians Cruella DeVille]].
* TheAllegedExpert: Was invited to join the Order because Roy assumed his levels in the Ranger class automatically gave him some skills as a tracker, and his entry on the comic's "cast of characters" page described him as "the world's best tracker under 4 feet tall". As it turns out, he hasn't invested a single point in his Track skill.
* AlliterativeName: '''B'''elkar '''B'''itterleaf.
* AndroclesLion: [[spoiler:The Empire of Blood's troops, sick of the Order slaughtering all their infantry, sic an ''Allosaurus'' at them... which turns out to be the same one Belkar was nice to and let out earlier. One Wild Empathy use (and a couple daggers inside the rider) later, Belkar has a new mount. "Flee before me, worms!!", indeed.]]
* AntiHero: The only thing that separates Belkar from being a VillainProtagonist is that he is pointed towards the BigBad. In fact, he might have joined Xykon if his poor impulse control didn't have him [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0520.html throw a cat in the recruiter's face for his own amusement]].
* AssShove: Implied.
-->'''Belkar:''' [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0261.html But speaking hypothetically, if I had managed to conceal a Ring of Jumping someplace on my body that I was reasonably certain no one would search...]]
** And threatened.
--->'''Belkar:''' [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0957.html I am going to shove the sunshine]] so far up where the sun don't shine that you will vomit '''''nothing but warm summer days!!'''''
* AtopAMountainOfCorpses: [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0439.html His most iconic moment]], after slaughtering an entire ''army'' of hobgoblins.
-->'''Haley:''' Do you want to tell him he probably won't get any experience from killing them?\\
'''Durkon:''' Let's draw straws.
* BadassNormal: Magical abilities are not needed for him to be a "shoeless god of war". Out of a raiding party of Thieves' Guild rogues there were [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0611.html None Left Standing]], and he [[AtopAMountainOfCorpses slayed enough goblins to create a mountain many times his size.]] Although as a ranger, he should be able to cast spells... if he didn't have the wisdom score of a lemming.[[labelnote:*]]Much lower, in fact; if he had a lemming's Wisdom he could cast spells.[[/labelnote]]
-->'''Belkar:''' Hey, lemmings are cute.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Belkar hopes to push Miko over the edge and make her fall. He succeeds, but she ends up killing someone he liked in the process.
* BecomingTheMask: There are hints that Belkar's fake character development is turning into real character development. It becomes very apparent in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0807.html "Wild Empathy"]]. It happens even more after [[spoiler:Durkon is turned into a vampire. Instead of taking the idea of Durkon being back with an alignment adjustment at face value (or brushing it off like the old Belkar might have), he is suspicious of the vampire even when it's costing him points with the rest of the team, points that he was initially faking character development to gain so they'd keep him around. And it's likely because Durkon ''died'' for him and he won't forget it.]] This really seems to be more important to him than staying in the Order's good graces.
* BerserkButton: It doesn't matter who you are... if you value your head remaining attached to the rest of your body, you should never, ever, EVER [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0685.html threaten to harm Mr. Scruffy in his presence]]. If you insult his affection for Mr.Scuffy, he force-feds you someone else's entrails.
* TheBerserker: He has a couple of barbarian levels, but it's not always obvious when he goes into a rage because he's always in some kind of foul temper.
* TheBigGuy: He's the most bloodthirsty of the group and has the highest body count. He shares the role with Durkon (ironically, the two are the smallest humanoid members of the party).
* BlackComedy: He's the violent and bloody humor in the Order because it fits his evil alignment and stab-happy personality.
* BloodKnight: Fighting and slaughtering living beings is all he initially cared about, and the reason he decided to go on a dungeon crawl.
* BorrowedCatchphrase: Roy's [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0926.html "NOT THE POINT!"]]
* BrutalHonesty: Nothing in his CruelToBeKind speech is false. It's just delivered in an incredibly offensive way in order to enrage [[spoiler:Roy]] enough to make him want to continue. [[spoiler:Of course, it ''also'' makes Roy far too eager to believe that the High Priest of Hel is just Durkon with a paint job rather than admit the truth.]]
* ButHeSoundsHandsome: "That Belkar, as stubborn as he is stone-cold sexy."
* CassandraTruth:
** His tendency to screw with people got him disbelieved at first when [[spoiler:he [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0880.html bore the bad news]] of Durkon's vampirization]].
** Also, at first he's the only one who has serious doubts about [[spoiler:Durkon not being Durkon anymore after vampirization]]. It takes a while before everyone else realizes he's right.
* ChaoticStupid: Moreso in earlier strips, where he would do things like set a tent on fire just to watch it burn -- when they were trying to sneak into a camp stealthily.
* CharacterDevelopment:
** Faked character development, which ironically is ''real'' development for him too. To clarify: at the end of the ''Don't Split the Party'' arc, Belkar is in many ways still the same sociopathic murderous halfling. However, he actually promises someone else that he would stick to him to the very end, no matter the outcome, which is something the old Belkar would never have done. In the book commentary for that section the author described [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0606.html the conversion scene]] as going from sociopath to slightly more high-functioning sociopath.
** He gives a whole speech on the subject in 957, suggesting he's aware he's no longer quite the same. He's beginning to show empathy for others, although he's so unused to it he doesn't know in advance what will make him feel guilty.
** It's justified as the Ranger's very first skill is Wild Empathy. While Halflings are rarely evil, it is almost inevitable that a Ranger will get an animal companion (no matter how low their wisdom is or how suboptimal their builds are). The original joke was he was both a class and a race that is generally good and yet he is completely evil for some reason. However, empathy is literally built right into his main class. On top of that, he was always empathic enough to know precisely the way to tear people down through talking.
** If you check [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0960.html strip 960]], he actually thanks V at the end of it. Not like anything forces him to do that; his faked character growth still includes being pretty berating to people.
* CharlieBrownBaldness: He's not bald, but the very short hair atop his head is hard to see (unless in close-ups or from behind). Notably, it's identical to the hair on his feet.
* ChefOfIron: He has ranks in the Profession (Gourmet chef) skill.
* ChekhovsBoomerang: The Ring of Jumping +20. [[spoiler:First when he uses it to escape from prison in Azure City, and again when he lends it to Roy]].
* CombatSadomasochist: He can hardly be bothered killing things that won't scream.
* CommonalityConnection: He helps two gladiators escape after they have been forced to fight each other, because he feels for them [[spoiler:realizing that he would hate to be forced to fight Mr. Scruffy.]] It comes as a great shock to him.
* CruelMercy: Part of his character development is learning a more refined form of cruelty.
** When [[spoiler:Blind Pete betrays him, Haley, Celia and a cleric of Loki,]] he doesn't kill the traitor. Instead, he convinces the traitor's ChildhoodFriend to do so instead, because it will hurt more and be more fun to watch. And, to an extent, in a warped attempt to "help" the friend, by teaching him to solve his problems with violence.
** After reducing Crystal to 0 HP, he doesn't kill her. Instead, he leaves her on the floor, helpless and humilitated, and fetches her rival to kill her instead.
** He doesn't kill Yukyuk, despite his attack on Mr. Scruffy. Instead, he turns the kobold into Mr. Scruffy's litterbox.
* CruelToBeKind: [[spoiler:Gives Roy a massive, insulting speech specifically designed to spit in the face of Roy's grief over Durkon's death, which has Roy so demoralised he seriously contemplates giving up the quest. It shocks the team and enrages Roy -- which is enough to get Roy off the bench short term. Long-term, the damage was severe enough that Roy went into denial rather than admit that Durkon is really gone and he is in some sense responsible, which has ''nasty'' potential consequences for the whole world.]]
* CrutchCharacter: As befitting someone with such a terrible build. He's a veritable {{Mook}}-slaughtering machine but has perhaps the lowest success rate of the group against higher-level opponents. Spellcasters in particular tend to steamroll him because he has [[WeakWilled a laughable Will save]]. In addition, he's leveling up slower than everyone else because of his multiclassing (and the Mark of Justice severely limiting his killing power at crucial points). He also had the honor of being hired as the party's tracker without having any ranks in survival, few ranks in spot, and an abysmal wisdom score meaning he could barely do his job if at all. Note that survival is a class skill for both barbarian AND ranger. [[spoiler:It comes back to haunt him later because he is too underpowered to stealth kill the High Priest of Hel. Instead he has to rely on charisma and wisdom to convince the others of the truth. The latter is his dump stat and the former is thrown out the window because he's a sociopath.]]
* DefensiveWhat:
-->'''Belkar:''' Well, I just figured we'd wander around, kill some sentient creatures because they had green skin and fangs and we don't, and then take their stuff. ''[everyone else in the party glares at him]'' What?
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:Thrown off a mountain, courtesy of the High Priest of Hel. He's later seen climbing the rockface promising all sorts of retribution.]]
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Like all halflings. Ironically, he especially dislikes sandals.
* DualWielding: Two daggers. It is implied that Belkar choose Ranger because of the Two-Weapon Fighting feat.
* DumpStat: Wisdom. This comes into play in an early strip, [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0058.html "First Aid"]]: when V buffs Belkar's Wisdom to enable him to use a healing scroll, it completely changes Belkar's personality and life goals. This would not only make Belkar less funny, but also less useful in a fight, so StatusQuoIsGod... [[note]]Also the ''Owl's Wisdom'' spell has too short a duration to effect a permanent character change anyway.[[/note]] Note as well that this is a ''terrible'' dump stat for a ranger; Wisdom is the stat that governs perception-based skills, tracking, and divine spellcasting, all of which are central to the ranger's noncombat abilities, and it also governs the ranger's worst regular save, Will. True to form, Belkar is consistently terrible at all of these things.
* EvenEvilHasStandards:
** He was traumatized when Elan decided to run around the Dungeons of Dorukan naked.
** He was outraged by Miko Miyazaki [[spoiler:murdering Lord Shojo.]]
** He refuses to cut corners on cooking because he's a gourmet chef.
* EvilCounterpart:
** Inverted in his Good Counterpart, the late Yokyok, whose [[YouKilledMyFather father he killed]] earlier in the comic.
** Also both inverted ''and'' played straight by Yokyok's aforementioned father Yikyik, who's Belkar's counterpart and ''is'' genuinely evil because he's just like Belkar.
** Yukyuk, whose relation to Yikyik and Yokyok is currently unknown, but he seems to be as evil as Yikyik.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood:
** Pre-CharacterDevelopment, he struggled with this trope occasionally, such as not understanding why everyone is so against him killing people in ''On the Origin of [=PCs=]'' or assuming the slaves Haley just liberated would work for him because he can't get his head around Haley granting them their freedom.
** On one occasion, this trope unexpectedly works out in his favor. [[spoiler:When he tries to tell the rest of the party that Durkon has been turned by a vampire and Roy dismisses it as a lie, he mentions that Durkon's last request to the vampire was for his comrades to be spared. This causes Haley to believe him, since Belkar is so much of a sociopath that he wouldn't think to include that detail if he was lying.]]
** After the Order frees a group of travellers that have been captured by slavers, Belkar is presented with a jar of spice from one of the merchants that he has personally saved. Roy has to explain to him that no, it is neither a bribe nor a scam, the man is just grateful for the rescue and wants to thank him... because Belkar can't wrap his head around it.
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots1115.html Strip #1115 shows a more serious example.]] He is clearly having a very difficult time with [[spoiler: Durkon sacrificing himself for him. Durkon's intense selfless good action for him despite everything Belkar has done has moved the halfling, but he has large amounts of trouble confronting those feelings.]]
* FailedASpotCheck: All the time. He's almost as oblivious as Elan.
* FantasticRacism: He hates kobolds. Subverted regarding [[spoiler:vampire Durkon/the High Priest of Hel. He can handle the fangs, but he doesn't buy that Durkon could go from forgiving him to eagerly drinking his blood in seconds.]]
* FieryRedhead: If you consider violently sociopathic "fiery". While Belkar appears to be bald, he has very close cropped red hair (usually only seen from the back.)
* FluffyTamer: As a ranger he has Wild Empathy but he doesn't use his skills much. [[spoiler:However, he does get an ''Allosaurus'' on his side]].
* GlassCannon: Roy [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0748.html unsubtly]] shows him that he isn't as good at taking damage as he is at dishing it out, and he should stick to slaughtering {{Mooks}}.
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: He's stated to have an abysmal Wisdom score, and can't cast Ranger spells as a consequence. Despite this, he's pretty cunning even if he sucks at tracking, instinctively knows the worst way to hurt someone with words, often quickly pieces together what's happening with limited information, and has twice been the only one to notice that there was an imposter in the party. (Although one was a case of TheNoseKnows and the other paralleled his own development, so he had a circumstance bonus).
* GayBravado: Is "confident enough in his sexuality" that he can make come-ons at a [[GenderBender gender bent]] Roy to {{squick}} the latter out.
* {{Geas}}: The Mark of Justice will make him horribly ill to deter him from killing in a settlement. [[spoiler:He breaks it half by accident: he kills the Oracle of Sunken Valley, but the Oracle had moved just enough kobolds into the area to technically constitute a settlement]].
* GenreSavvy: In a bizarre turn of events, he's the only one to object to [[spoiler:vampire Durkon's presence]], constantly telling Roy that [[spoiler:he isn't Durkon any more and having a blood-sucking monster for a teammate is asking for trouble. Turns out he was very, very right about him no longer being Durkon...]]
* GoodAngelBadAngel: Nope, it is shown instead that he's got two shoulder fiends (representing [[ForTheEvulz his impulsive evil side]] and [[PragmaticVillainy his long-term evil side]]), and a [[ChaoticNeutral shoulder slaad]]. The shoulder angel "...doesn't work here anymore."
-->'''Angel:''' ''[twitching]'' ...and he kept stabbing them, again and again... He's a halfling, he's supposed to be jolly... Why isn't he jolly? '''[[SuddenlyShouting WHY ISN'T HE JOLLY???]]'''
* HeroicComedicSociopath: A textbook example; his bloodlust and sociopathy are played for laughs, such as "trying to kill Elan for XP".
-->'''Belkar:''' How the HELL am I supposed to make myself feel better if there's no one to hurt?!?
* HesBack: After spending dozens of strips invalid from sickness, he returns [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0611.html In a Crowning Slaughter of Awesome]].
* HiddenDepths:
** Averted at first. Belkar has ''no'' depth '''at all''', and his hallucination of Shojo tells him that he better ''fake'' some Hidden Depths or he'll find himself in deep trouble. However, his attempts to fake it over time seems to be gradually growing into some sort of genuine depth.
** His absolute hatred for [[spoiler:vampire Durkon[=/=]High Priest of Hel]] could be a manifestation of Belkar's grief over [[spoiler:Durkon's]] death.
** His faking of Hidden Depths becomes a ChekhovsSkill when he is able to see that [[spoiler:vampire Durkon]] is also faking Hidden Depths as well, and calls him out on it.
--->'''Belkar:''' People don't just change who they are inside in an instant. It doesn't work like that. It takes time, so you don't even know you're changing. Until one day, you're just a little different than you used to be and you can't even tell what the hell happened.
** Belkar, despite being a terrible ranger in the usual ranger skills like Survival, has ranks in Cooking. Gourmet, too!
* HiddenHeartOfGold: He's developed one where Durkon is concerned. Despite outwardly hating him, Belkar was deeply affected by Durkon's [[spoiler:heroic sacrifice, to save him from Malack, and Belkar has greatly missed Durkon since then, as seen in his absolute hatred for the vampire]].
* {{Hobbits}}: He averts every expectation of his race ''except'' his skill as a chef.
* HomoeroticSubtext:
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0408.html He gets the tingles]] when Roy goes all badass.
** See also [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0316.html New Year's Eve]] (if Vaarsuvius is male). Further, [[spoiler:the fourth book includes a Cast Page with lines indicating the relationships between the characters. According to this Belkar wants to "shtup" V, which means exactly what you think it does]].
* HunterOfMonsters: As a Ranger, he gets Favored Enemies as a class feature, and if [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0957.html his angry threats towards a vampire]] are to be believed, his time in Azure City made Undead one of them.
* HypocriticalHeartwarming: Sarcastically refuses to join in when everyone else is saying nice things about Durkon... only to mutter to himself that he [[spoiler: never forgot that Durkon didn't blame him when he was dying at a vampire's hands.]]
* HypocriticalHumor: "What kind of idiot could screw up something as simple as protecting the casters?" Belkar's kind of idiot, that's who.
* InTheHood: When trying to be sneaky (or when it rains), Belkar puts on a dark green hood.
* IShouldWriteABookAboutThis: Parodied, like other halfling-related tropes.
-->'''Belkar:''' You know, I think I could make good money writing a guidebook to the jail cells of the world.\\
Dark but clean, I'd give this three stars -- "Would be incarcerated again."
* IWillShowYouX: When Belkar's friend Buggy Lou suggests [[BerserkButton eating Mr. Scruffy with a nice marinade]].
-->'''Belkar:''' [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0685.html I got your marinade RIGHT HERE!]]
* {{Jerkass}}: His main selling point is his unapologetic meanness and asshattery.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Belkar has sometimes a better idea of what's going on than his goody-two-shoes companions.
** Even Hinjo, a paladin, has to admit it once, about why his uncle would refuse resurrection.
--->'''Belkar:''' The spirit needs to be willing to return, right? But Shojo is kicking back in whatever afterlife the ChaoticGood people get -- probably sipping single-malt scotch and smoking cigars rolled from poorly-worded legal documents.\\
Why the hell would he want to come back here, knowing that you're waiting to throw him in prison?\\
Considering he was like a billion years old and likely to die soon anyway, I'd say he got the last laugh on y'all.\\
'''Hinjo:''' He's probably right... It looks like I'm on my own, then.
** Belkar's insistence that [[spoiler:vampire Durkon be killed at the first calm moment]] was probably the best course of action [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0946.html all things considered.]]
** Amusingly, one of the things that unnerves Belkar is the fact that ''Roy has been agreeing with him lately'' ever since [[spoiler:Roy found out about the High Priest of Hel]].
* KarmaHoudini: Roy tries to wrangle a deal to spare Belkar prison time on two occasions, although both are ultimately subverted.
** The first one is when Roy demanded a temporary "get out of jail free card" from Shojo in exchange for investigating the Gates, which became permanent once Azure City was conquered. Though Belkar didn't get away completely scot-free. He did have to have that Mark of Justice stuck on his head in exchange for his "freedom".
** The second time, he tried to match the jail time Belkar would serve with the amount of time he would be pardoned for in exchange for a good deed. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:he explained this plan in front of the person in charge of both the jail time and the pardon, so Hinjo used his discretion to give Belkar the longer sentence for trying to beat the system.]]
* KavorkaMan: He is successful at seducing human women (with obviously low standards) from times to times. He later has the chance to go on a date with a gnome girl, but has to decline over guilt.
* KillItWithFire: "When in doubt, set something on fire."
* KissingUnderTheInfluence: [[spoiler:With Vaarsuvius due to new year's beer]].
* KnifeNut: He sure loves his daggers...
* TheLancer: After [[spoiler:Durkon gets Vamped,]] he's the one who's more willing to call Roy out for being GenreBlind. Haley's still second-in-command, but she's more supportive and less abrasive than [[TokenEvilTeammate Belkar]].
* LaughablyEvil: He's evil, but a big source of laughs. Only second to Xykon.
* LeeroyJenkins: Belkar provides a near-perfect example of how a Leeroy can cause havoc in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0157.html "A Lesson in Leadership"]].
* LevelGrinding: It takes Belkar ''months'' of killing off undead to get one level after the TimeSkip, and it's drained almost immediately by a wight.
* MadeASlave: In the prequel story "Uncivil Servant", Belkar mentions having recently spent seven months as a slave.
* TheManTheyCouldntHang: [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0165.html "Hangin' Around"]]. He is offended by humans who think their methods of execution would work on a halfling.
-->'''Belkar:''' I'm not even pulling this rope taut.
* TheMillstone: Belkar's sociopathy and frequent refusal to listen to orders ruin the party's planning several times -- for example, leaving the spellcasters undefended to kill goblins, putting the bandit camp on fire because he couldn't wait, [[spoiler:or killing the Oracle]]. He has somehow grown out of it after his VisionQuest... until that time in prison when he pushes Roy to snap during the gladiator selection for the games, dooming the leader of the [=OotS=] to a dangerous fight in the arena (though Gannji is also somewhat to blame).
* MindScrew: Favorite way of being a {{Jerkass}} to his teammates. He claims to have taken the feat "Craft Disturbing Mental Image".
* MinMaxing: Inverted! Belkar's "build" is (deliberately) suboptimal; as a halfling he gets a Strength penalty, though he must have compensated for that with a very high unmodified score based on his damage output with those tiny daggers, and a Dexterity bonus, but hardly ever uses missile weapons, and taking Wisdom as a DumpStat impairs his use of key Ranger skills and spellcasting. The only aspect of his build that isn't complete crap is that he appears to utilize his dexterity to extremes, jumping around like Yoda, meaning he is very good at defeating low-level minions. Later, he attempts to offset some of these deficiencies with a dip into Barbarian. Since his racial favored class is Rogue, the disparity between his Ranger and Barbarian levels means he now earns 20% less experience than the rest of the party (assuming that rule is being enforced).
* MoralityChain: Without Roy's restraining influence, he would be an even worse psychopath.
* {{Munchkin}}: For example, wanting to murder a team member just to get the necessary XP to level up.
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: Belkar works on the definition, "Enemy combatant = anyone worth XP."
* MusclesAreMeaningless: He can block a half-orc and a woman twice his size at the same time because character class matters more than physical strength.
-->'''Belkar:''' Wow, it's almost like I am a seasoned warrior and you two are glorified pickpockets! Imagine that!
* MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning: Though he doesn't quite think it through, he attempts this as a tactic to hold Miko back. While Raise Dead is magically easy for Durkon, it is not economically feasable for the party just for shits and giggles; he also overestimates the party's ''willingness'' to resurrect him (at one point, Haley was ready to dump a dying Belkar once and for all, and would have if not for an EasyAmnesia spell).
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: He gets this treatment a few times because he is TheFriendNobodyLikes.
* TheNapoleon: Short and bad-tempered? Check.
* {{Naytheist}}: He has a not completely unfounded dislike of the gods, particularly Odin for [[spoiler:the prophecy with Durkon, and is convinced he is just screwing with them.]]
* TheNicknamer: Belkar loves to give ludicrous (but creative) nicknames to about everyone or everything (including himself), but especially for Durkon.[[note]][[http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showthread.php?352086-Spontaneous-nicknames-from-Belkar&highlight=nicknames See here all nicknames]][[/note]]
* NominalHero: Roy keeps him around because it's better to have him pointed at people worse than him and the other option is slitting his throat.
* TheNoseKnows: "Halfling sense activated!" Notably, Belkar tracks the Order's way through the Windy Canyon by scent alone. He also uses scent to realize that Nale is impersonating Elan.
* NotGoodWithPeople: Post-fake-CharacterDevelopment, Belkar has become remarkably loyal and friendly to certain animals. While he'd gladly leave his teammates out to dry, he won't do the same to an animal he's befriended.
* NoYou: Indirectly [[spoiler:to the High Priest of Hel after being tossed off a mountain while angrily climbing back.]]
-->'''Belkar:''' [[spoiler:Throw '''me''' off a mountain? I'll throw '''you''' off a mountain!]]
* ObliviousToHisOwnDescription: "I just don't trust the idea of us using a horrible bloodthirsty savage to fulfill our goals while we -- oh, I get it."
* OddFriendship:
** Any actual ''friendship'' would be odd, but he really seems to care about Mr. Scruffy.
** He also is on good terms with Lord Shojo, and is upset when he dies.
--->'''Belkar:''' Dude, you make ''paladins'' clean your litter box. You're my hero.
** He's also surprisingly amiable with Elan. He makes him laugh.
* OneManArmy: Proven in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0439.html "Seeing Orange"]] where he stands on a pile of corpses several times his own height.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Yet another way he will screw with people's minds, generally through ConfoundThemWithKindness -- especially in contrast to his normal psychopathic fare.
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0141.html "Horse Sense"]]
--->'''Belkar:''' Are you feeling OK? I'm really worried about you.
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0620.html "Probably About an '8'"]]
--->'''Belkar:''' I think they've worked out a good plan to end this pointless conflict without any more lives lost, and I support it fully. Let's stop the violence. ''[big grin]''
** And in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0922.html "Payback"]]:
--->'''Roy:''' OK, now, I know we're doomed. Belkar is acting like a '''ranger'''.
* PetTheDog:
** He once kills an assassin who wants to kill Hinjo, although this is subverted by the fact he figured that Hinjo might remove his Mark of Justice for doing so.
** [[LoyalAnimalCompanion Mr. Scruffy]] is possibly the only thing he's ever cared for unconditionally (at least before Bloodfeast).
** There is also the time [[spoiler:when he saves the two reptilian bounty hunters by releasing an ''Allosaurus'' to distract the soldiers trying to kill them. It's pointed out that he could have just waited for the soldiers to kill them before letting loose the ''Allosaurus'': bunch of dead guards, on their own, would have been funny, but dead mercenaries that he hated '''and''' eaten guards? Hilarious in his eyes. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0807.html "Wild Empathy"]] reveals that he helped them ''because'' it reminded him of his relationship with Mr. Scruffy]].
** He's genuinely upset that [[spoiler:Durkon died trying to save him from Malack]].
** His illusion of a perfect life when he was trapped in Girard's dungeon? [[spoiler:Hanging out with Lord Shojo and Mr. Scruffy.]]
** He gets another moment with [[spoiler:the above ''Allosaurus'']]. And this one pays off quite handily, as well. Also, [[spoiler:after the ''Allosaurus'' gets polymorphed into a lizard? Belkar refuses to leave it behind when the team makes its escape from Tarquin.]]
** He tries to buy a charm to protect himself from vampire Durkon, but it malfunctions because it detects his evil and damages him. He plays it off as damaged goods, but then buys it anyway (albeit at half price), rather than see the gnome girl lose out completely.
* PintSizedPowerhouse: He's the shortest member of the Order and one of the shortest in the whole comic, yet his body count is many times taller.
* ProperlyParanoid: He considers this a necessary quality for an adventurer. [[spoiler:For example, about all the High Priest of Hel's attempts to pass off as Durkon. He notes that someone doesn't just change within 90 seconds from forgiving him for not being able to save his life to having to be ordered to not drink all their blood.]]
-->'''Belkar:''' Whatever happened to basic adventurer paranoia, though? It's like these people never had a ceiling come to life and try to smother them before!
* QuitYourWhining: In [[{{Jerkass}} his own way]], he does this to Roy when the latter is in a HeroicBSOD over [[spoiler:Durkon's death]].
* RealMenWearPink: He has ranks in gourmet cooking, he knows the score to "Meet Me in St. Louis" and his best friend is a small, white housecat.
* RestrainingBolt: The Mark of Justice. It works even better than Roy's threats of bodily harm. [[spoiler:Keeps him locked down for a while, until he makes the mistake of killing the kobold oracle while in a village. It's been removed since then]].
* RingOfPower: A Ring of Jumping +20; he puts it to very good use.
-->'''Belkar:''' A magic item that can allow me to rain death from above on my enemies AND [[MundaneUtility lets me reach stuff on the top shelf?]] Done.
* RousingSpeech: His CruelToBeKind one, however atypical its content is.
* SelfFulfillingProphecy: The one the Oracle gives him. He makes sure it happens the way '''he''' likes.
* SnarkyNonHumanSidekick: Though this role falls most often to talking animals, he's snarky, he's non-human, and he's a psycho, so...
* SpannerInTheWorks: Acts as this to [[spoiler:The High Priest of Hel. Not only does Durkon not have any good memories with Belkar that the High Priest can exploit, but prior to the Godsmoot Belkar is the only one actively suspicious of Durkon, due to being familiar with how CharacterDevelopment works.]]
* SquareRaceRoundClass: Halfling Ranger/Barbarian? He makes it work...
* StealthPun: Belkar starts as a halfling who has no interest in roleplaying and would rather seduce everything that catches his eye and kill everything that doesn't. [[spoiler:He's a {{Munchkin}}]]
* StereotypeFlip: "He's a halfling, he's supposed to be jolly... Why isn't he jolly?"
* StrikeMeDownWithAllOfYourHatred: Belkar succeeds at doing this to [[spoiler:Miko]], but his effort is stopped by a well-timed Scorching Ray.
* StupidEvil: He starts out as this, but moves to true ChaoticEvil through a dream sequence with [[SpiritAdvisor the spirit of Lord Shojo]]. In the early comics he literally ''is'' StupidEvil: when his Wisdom is raised, he becomes nicer.
* SurvivorGuilt: Belkar never cared about being TheLoad until [[spoiler:Durkon]] died, realizing he was nothing but a liability and that he did it not because he personally liked Belkar but because he was that nice. It doesn't help that he was conscious the whole time and heard [[spoiler: Durkon]] refusing to blame Belkar for his death.
-->'''Belkar:''' He just walked in there and saved my life and got straight up murdered for it.
* SympathyForTheDevil: [[spoiler:"Hurting people is the only thing I'm good at." Said after his CruelToBeKind moment]].
* TeamChef: He has skill points in "Profession: Gourmet Chef", although he doesn't get to use his skills often since gourmet cuisine is hard to come by on the road and he won't use cheaper ingredients.
* TechnicalPacifist: The Mark of Justice forces Belkar to be one, within towns at least. Not that he doesn't find several creative workarounds.
* TimeForPlanB: Belkar has a tendency to play with this phrase; in one strip he said "Run like hell" has always struck him as plan A, and later he spends a series of strips announcing the letter of every new plan his teammates come up with.
-->'''Belkar:''' Didn't we go through this already? We're on like plan Q.... And plan R starts to take form.
* TokenEvilTeammate: {{Deconstructed|Trope}}. At first, Belkar's antics are PlayedForLaughs, but as time passes, they are shown to have consequences both in the world in general and in his relationship with his teammates. Although, this is slightly {{reconstruct|ion}}ed when Roy [[spoiler:temporarily dies and goes to Heaven]]. He talks with a deva about his decision to let Belkar to be part of his team. Roy says that while Belkar is a complete asshole, if it wasn't for Roy's leadership, he would have turned out far worse. He loses this exclusive status after [[spoiler:Durkon rejoins the team after getting turned into a vampire.]]
* TookALevelInKindness: Played with; as part of his "fake character development", Belkar tries to fake doing this on the advice of the illusion of Lord Shojo, who points out that if he doesn't at least pretend to have more going on that just being the one-dimensional TokenEvilTeammate, then eventually his team are just going to get sick of him and abandon him to whatever unpleasant fate he brings upon himself.
* {{Troll}}: He claims to have taken the feat "Craft Disturbing Mental Image" and employs it because he finds it [[ForTheEvulz funny]]. He also trolled an already pretty screwed [[InspectorJavert Miko Miyazaki]] into SanitySlippage in order to make her lose her paladinhood. [[spoiler:Which she finally lost without Belkar being involved.]]
* UnexplainedRecovery: After he survives [[spoiler:being thrown off a mountain]], he plans to invoke this just to mess with Roy. The very next panel, however, contains a flashback explaining it to the reader.
* UnusualEuphemism: He spouts ''D&D''-based euphemisms and innuendo regularly.
-->'''Belkar:''' Hey, Sweet Thing, wanna hold my Rod of Lordly Might? If you press the right button, it might extend![[note]]Note that the title of said strip is ComicallyMissingThePoint: [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0244.html "What? It's a Legitimate Magic Item."]] ([[http://www.dandwiki.com/wiki/SRD:Rod_of_Lordly_Might It is, too!]])[[/note]]
* VisionQuest: As a result of his magically induced hallucination of Lord Shojo, Belkar learns to ''fake'' character growth.
* WantsAPrizeForBasicDecency: Parodied in ''Recap/OnTheOriginOfPCs''. Belkar thinks he deserves a reward for the restraint he showed by not killing ''all'' the barmaids in a tavern brawl, and suggests that if humans don't want him to murder people, they should put up a sign saying, "Thank you for not killing more than five of us."
-->'''Prison Guard:''' We don't want you to kill ANY of us!\\
'''Belkar:''' Now you're just being unreasonable!
* WeakWilled: Low Wisdom and classes with a poor Will save means he's easily mind-controlled. Nale, Malack and [[spoiler:the High Priest of Hel]] have taken advantage of it. Malack uses the exact term, although Durkon complains that it could describe half the party.
* WeaponOfChoice: His daggers, as mentioned above.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Belkar assumes he will win his fight against [[spoiler:Malack]] because he spouted the sentence "I have someone worth fighting for!" and guys who do it "always win for some weird reason". He then gets anticlimactically defeated in two panels.
* YourDaysAreNumbered: It's initially implied, then outright stated by the Oracle that he'll [[EpilepticTrees take his last breath]] before the end of the year. The Giant is officially teasing the fans over this -- [[spoiler:strip #870 ends with Malack deciding to turn Belkar into a vampire, only for Durkon to show up with Mass Death Ward at the beginning of #871. Then, in #886, he ''appears'' to die to Xykon's Meteor Swarm, before it is revealed as an illusion. In #957, the High Priest of Hel uses his vampiric gaze to make him jump overboard, only for him to get snagged on the ship-mounted ballista. And in #996, he gets thrown out the Godsmoot temple's window over a vast chasm, which he survives thanks to a Feather Fall item he had purchased beforehand.]]

[[folder:Durkon Thundershield]]
!!Durkon Allotrope Thundershield

->''"I stay 'ere because it's me duty. And bein' a dwarf is all about doin' yer duty, even if it makes ye miserable. ESPECIALLY if it makes ye miserable!"''

->'''Race:''' Dwarf\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Class:''' Cleric\\
'''Alignment:''' [[LawfulGood Lawful]] [[GoodIsBoring Bland]] [-(according to the Adventure Game)-]

A dutiful dwarf cleric of Thor, and Roy's oldest friend. Sent away from his homeland by higher-ups, he was slow to adapt to human society, but fits in rather well now. Very pragmatic.

* AmbiguouslyBrown: According to Burlew, Durkon's skin tone isn't meant to represent any particular group, he's simply just "not white."
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:He becomes a prisoner in his own body after becoming a vampire and a spirit serving Hel takes over his undead corpse. He looks absolutely furious. And according to the High Priest of Hel, it's going to get worse once the spirit has absorbed all of Durkon's memories.[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0946.html]]]]
* AndThenJohnWasAZombie: [[spoiler:He's shown to dislike the undead very strongly. During the events in Girard's dungeon, he is killed and reanimated as a vampire.]]
* BadassBeard: A bushy warrior beard is required for a traditional dwarf character.
* BaldOfAwesome: Despite being rather touchy about it (he went bald in the dwarf equivalent of kindergarden), Durkon is bald ''and'' heroic.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: A few days after being cast into exile by his fellow dwarves, [[spoiler:he screams "to Hel wit' all o' ye!". The High Priest even comments that it appears the multiverse did grant his wish.]]
* BerserkButton: He takes it rather badly when people make fun of theology. Like, say, worshiping hand puppets, or pretending to convert when handy.
* CantGetAwayWithNuthin: Durkon has had two sins, possibly in his entire life. Once, on his worst day ever, he blasphemed Thor. Secondly, he slept with Hilgya Firehelm, a cleric of Loki. [[spoiler:His blasphemy was used to create the High Priest of Hel's psychology, and he got her pregnant!]]
* CharacterDevelopment: He was gruff and cynical before meeting Roy. [[spoiler: It becomes a crucial plot point, as the vampire spirit controlling him is basically Durkon at his worst day, [[StaticCharacter minus the Character Development.]]]]
* ChurchMilitant: As a mid- to high-level cleric in 3.5e ''D&D'', this is to be expected.
* CombatMedic: Standard-issue healbot, but also packs a big hammer and a pocket full of lightning spells.
* DatingCatwoman: Briefly with Hilgya, a ChaoticEvil cleric of Loki.
* DeadpanSnarker: Has become increasingly so following [[spoiler:being turned into a vampire. Being trapped in your own body with only the manifestation of your worst day trying to destroy the world to speak with can do that to you]].
-->'''[[spoiler:High Priest of Hel]]:''' That was awfully easy. This isn't some sort of trick, is it? A false memory?\\
'''Durkon:''' Och, if'n I could show ye stuff that dinnae happen, I'd've told ye that Roy's name was, like, '''''Maurice''''' or sumthin' on Day One.\\
'''[[spoiler:High Priest of Hel]]:''' Hmm. True.\\
'''Durkon:''' Or showed ye Haley refusing payment while Belkar served soup to orphans. An' Elan did math in the background!\\
'''[[spoiler:High Priest of Hel]]:''' OK, yes, fine. Point taken.\\
'''Durkon:''' "We need a team name! Let's call ourselves 'Tha Order o' tha '''''[[spoiler:Look-Out-Roy-Tha-Vampire's-Na-Really-Durkon'!]]'''''"
* DemonicPossession: [[spoiler:As a vampire it seemed like he was a case of DarkIsNotEvil, but in fact he is possessed by an evil bloodthirsty spirit that is merely posing as him; the ''real'' Durkon is a prisoner inside his own body.]]
* DisappearedDad:
** His father is first implied in a flashback to have died when Durkon was at a very young age; his mom refers to him in the past tense. He was killed in an encounter with a troll before Durkon was born.
** [[spoiler:Turns out to be one himself -- to the child Hilgya Firehelm got pregnant with after their one-night-stand back on comic #82.]]
* DropTheHammer: His standard weapon is a hammer and shield.
* DumpStat: Charisma, it's implied. He's a dwarf, he's blunt, introverted, and not particularly personable, and his Turn Undead has a consistently poor success rate.
* EsotericHappyEnding: {{Invoked}} and [[spoiler:{{averted}}]]. Most would be rather depressed by the idea that they'll only return home "posthumously", but Durkon is happy about it because it means his corpse will be taken there for burial, where he will rest his ancestors and not somewhere else. It also means he'll be buried with honor, instead of dying in the belly of some random monster while out adventuring. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, overly literal prophecies cheat; in a universe with TheUndead, "posthumously" does not preclude "ambulatory" let alone "peacefully". He's killed and sired as a vampire under the direct command of his religion's Satan-figure, who returns home with orders to use all his hard-won abilities to attack the Dwarven homeland and generally do everything possible to bring the world to an end]].
* ExactWords: Durkon will return to his homelands posthumously. [[spoiler:Now that he's been killed and raised as a vampire, it looks like he'll be making a trip home soon]]. After all, Kraagor's Gate ''is'' in the Dwarven Lands.
* ExtremeDoormat: His mother taught him not to help people without permission lest he get in the way. After [[spoiler:getting converted into a vampire, the vampire spirit]] and his comrades repeatedly mention his lack of assertiveness.
* FamousNamedForeigner: Possibly an unintentional example on the author's part, but hailing from Dwarven lands ''does'' make him a foreigner, and as for [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Tordenskjold Thundershield...]]
* FantasticRacism: Shows this toward [[spoiler:Malack after learning he is a vampire.]] To his credit, Durkon points out that even ignoring [[spoiler:the undead issue]], the individual is still a villain who can't be allowed to succeed.
* TheFettered: Believes in honor and obligations, no matter how hard they are. This has given him at least one example of GenreBlindness: [[spoiler:in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0865.html #865]], he insists that the Linear Guild's new cleric cannot be Malack, as he knows that Malack hates Nale and wants to kill him for murdering Malack's children. The reality is that Malack has put aside his oath to do so in order to work with Nale on Tarquin's say-so. The fact Tarquin has promised to let Malack kill Nale after they're done didn't hurt]].
* {{Flight}}: He gained access to the Wind Walk spell at some point during ''Don't Split the Party''.
* FunetikAksent: An extremely thick dwarven accent.
** Lampshaded.
--->'''Belkar:''' Wait, he can pronounce "stratosphere" but not "the"?
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0599.html It's contagious.]]
--->'''Vaarsuvius:''' And yet I see no reason why I still need ye. You.
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0305.html And persistent.]]
--->'''Roy:''' You do know that you don't need to transcribe your accent?\\
'''Durkon:''' Transcribe my what, now?\\
'''Roy:''' Never mind.
* GoodCounterpart: To Hilgya Firehelm (chaotic evil cleric) and later Leeky Windstaff (hammy and tree-loving druid). [[spoiler:Later on, Malack, a lawful evil vampire cleric. Nale also points out that the old Durkon is this to the new, vampiric Durkon.]]
* GoodShepherd: A lawful good and honest cleric. [[spoiler:He himself is still this but the vampire controlling his body is most certainly not.]]
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler:Knowing, despite his death at the hands of Malack, he'll one day return home. Now that he's been reanimated all bets are off.]]
* GrumpyBear: For a brief period (in ''On the Origins of [=PCs=]''), though he grew out of it after meeting Roy.
* GuileHero: [[spoiler:Since he has been trapped by the High Priest of Hel, he has no way to brute force his way out. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0963.html Instead he is trying to play subtle mind games]] to abuse [[EvilCannotComprehendGood the fact that High Priest can't understand his true nature]] in the hopes that the he will make a mistake when talking with his friends, thus outing himself as not being the real Durkon.]]
* HealingHands: "Cure Light/Moderate/Serious Wounds!" And "Heal" of course.
* TheHeart: The team reminisces about how he's helped each of them through difficult times in their lives with his support and compassion. [[spoiler: They come to believe this is why Odin sent the prophecy that led to his banishment: so that they could have him to help them stop Xykon.]]
* HoldingBackThePhlebotinum: While not having the raw firepower of V, he's easily the second most powerful of the group and like V he gets disabled, leveled-drained, powered down, misunderstood by Thor, or otherwise prevented from instantly solving whatever problems the group confronts for the sake of good storytelling. Lampshaded when [[spoiler: he casts Control Weather while vampirized to get them out of a storm, prompting Belkar to claim that he can't possibly be Durkon, because he actually had a spell that could get them out of trouble.]]
* HomeSweetHome: He ''really'' wants to go home. [[spoiler:Even if it must be posthumously]].
* HonorBeforeReason: The dwarves know that he's so lawful he won't attempt to return to the dwarven lands until sent for (i.e. never). It's downplayed in that while Miko knows he can be trusted to be unfailingly honest, he [[ExactWords twists the truth]] a little to protect his friends.
* IAteWhat: Upon finding out Malak was a vampire, Durkon realizes the Bloodwort tea was a bit too literal.
* ImmuneToDrugs: It's one of the benefits of dwarfdom. [[spoiler:Malack's Poison spell? "Tastes like me mum's crabapple cobbler!"]]
* LastRequest: [[spoiler:Before he dies, he asks of Malack that if his friendship was true and not just a trick, to spare his friends. Malack apparently honors this request, not giving the party away when his True Seeing spell pierces the illusion that concealed them.]]
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: He has no idea about the real reason he was sent away from the Dwarven lands.
* LukeNounverber: "Thunder-Shield" sure fits a dwarf cleric of Thor.
* MagicKnight: As a ''D&D'' cleric, he wears armor and fights with a hammer but he can still cast spells.
* TheMedic: In one early strip, the other party members [[MeatOVision visualise him as a walking medical kit]].
* MilkmanConspiracy: Durkon is convinced that the trees everywhere are part of some giant conspiracy. [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame So are all the other Dwarves]].
* MiseryBuildsCharacter: "Bein' a dwarf is all aboot doin' yer duty, even if it makes ye miserable. ''Especially'' if it makes ye miserable."
* MomentOfWeakness: His anger at [[spoiler:being exiled without even being able to say goodbye to his mother or making sure she would be okay without him; coming from the person who said misery builds character, that is saying something. This anger is a driving force for the vampire that possessed him, as the vampire claims that its personality comes from the darkest memories in Durkon's mind and that his will to annihilate the Dwarven lands is motivated by that one moment where Durkon cursed them.]]
* MommasBoy: What's been shown of Durkon while he was back in his homeland clearly implies he dearly loves and respects his uncomplaining mother caring for him. He became a cleric in the first place because his family couldn't afford to get one to cast a spell to heal his mother's crippled arm.
* NeverGetsDrunk: Durkon loves his beer, but has never been drunk in the comic. In a New Year's Eve story, he and Belkar count down to midnight with ''10 straight pints.'' Belkar [[FoeYay kisses Vaarsuvius]] and passes out, but Durkon doesn't appear affected at all. [[JustifiedTrope In this universe, Dwarves have two livers.]] According to him, it's a [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0316.html dwarven custom to take a drink every time someone counts down.]] In the backstory, they have some ale every time ANYTHING happens. And it's so difficult for them to actually suffer negative consequences from their drinking that perishing from alcohol-related complications apparently counts as "dying in battle" for the purposes of getting into the afterlife.
* NeverGotToSayGoodbye: He was exiled without the chance to say goodbye to his mother.
* NeverSayThatAgain: Don't tell him that beer isn't important.
* NotThatTheresAnythingWrongWithThat:
-->'''Durkon:''' I love me god Thor will all me heart -- inna strictly heterosexual "buddies" kinda way. Not that there's anything wrong with the alternative.
* OddFriendship: Chummy with Malack because they are both clerics in an adventuring party. [[spoiler:This ends when he finds out he's a vampire that wants to seize Girard's Gate.]]
* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame: A parody of the concept that [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0602.html plays some traits straight]].
-->'''Cleric of Loki:''' Can you tell me anything about him that differentiates him from every other dwarf?
* PokeThePoodle: Apparently, the worst thing Durkon has ever done is [[spoiler: get justifiably angry at the leaders of his faith for throwing him out in the snow with no money and no time to say goodbye to his mother and say some mean things about them when no one else can hear]].
* PoorCommunicationKills: [[spoiler:He was never told why he was exiled from Dwarf lands. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots1096.html As Roy said]], he'd have probably went along with trying to avoid TheProphecy of his return bringing death and destruction upon all of his kin if he was just actually told of it.]]
* PrematurelyBald: Not explicitly stated, but evident with a little math based on the evidence -- he's currently 55 years old, and says to Haley that he's been bald for "forty years", meaning he went bald roughly around 15 years of age. He almost never mentions it, but it's apparently a touchy subject. (And since he's a dwarf, that makes it the human equivalent of losing your hair in kindergarten.)
* PsychicStatic: Durkon is attempting this against [[spoiler:the High Priest of Hel possessing him by burying requested information in a deluge of context. Unfortunately, so far it's not quite working, though he get to make the High Priest watch a full 6 hours montage of Durkon getting food poisoning and having to relieve himself in the can.]]
* TheReliableOne: Even a paranoid loon like Miko trusts him implicitly.
* ReligionIsMagic: Comes standard with being a cleric in a D&D setting; he prays to regenerate his supply.
* TheResenter: [[spoiler: Buried deep in his memories, he deeply resents the dwarves for exiling him. The High Priest claims this is why he, who is made from the darkness of his heart, is willing to go along with Hel's plan.]]
%%* ReviveKillsZombie: Uses this to great effect against Malack.
%%% How so?
* ShockAndAwe: "Thor's Lightning!"
* {{Sizeshifter}}: "Thor's Might!"
* SomeoneToRememberHimBy: According to the first account of his father he heard, his mother discovered she was pregnant only after his father's death.
* StaticCharacter: Lampshaded in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0647.html "Be Prepared"]]. [[spoiler:Averted after his vampirization. Then the aversion gets inverted, as Durkon's still the same dwarf, just trapped in his own body by a dark spirit. But interacting with said spirit, a ''supernaturally'' static character, reveals the subtler ways Durkon's grown and changed over time.]]
* StraightMan: Shares the role with Roy. His steady-but-mostly-uncomplicated personality is mocked in an early strip with a mindflayer [[MeatOVision picturing his head]] as a bowl of mashed potatoes: filling, but bland.
* TellMeAboutMyFather: His mother didn't want to talk about it, so Durkon resorted to an HonoraryUncle. The accuracy of the tale is [[UnreliableExpositor not clear]].
* TokenReligiousTeammate: As is often the case for the cleric in a ''D&D'' party, Durkon is the only one in the Order taking religion and the will of the gods seriously... at least in the conventional sense. As for the others: Vaarsuvius pays lip service to the Elven Gods, but doesn't really do much else; Roy advocates proper respect to them, but admits to having a "if I leave them alone, they'll leave me alone" mentality on it; Haley is ready to convert on the spot if it is advantageous, though it's PlayedForLaughs; "Shoeless God of War" Belkar reveres only himself; and Elan is a very weird case[[note]]On the one hand, he worships his own handpuppet, Banjo the Clown, as God of Puppets. He has also made another god, Giggles the Clown, God of Slapstick (as well being Banjo's brother and rival.) On the other hand, Elan has genuine belief in Banjo, which ''is'' strong enough to make Banjo count as a legitimate if very weak god due to how religion and godliness works in this verse. Same with Giggles, though Giggles has an entire island of orc worshipers as his followers (though this still empowers Banjo indirectly). Furthermore, ''Odin'' (leader of the Northern Pantheon that Thor is a part of) himself presented an opportunity for Banjo to join the Pantheon (though Elan had him not to). Had Elan accepted this, Banjo would for all intents and purposes, would've become a fully recognized God (it's unknown if Giggles would've gotten the same treatment since he was revealed after this incident, but given his relation to Banjo, it's likely).[[/note]].
* TragicMonster: [[spoiler:As of comic #878, Durkon was forcibly turned into a vampire by someone he considered a friend]]. Even more so as of #946. [[spoiler:Durkon isn't even in control, the vampire servant of Hel is. And Durkon is both a prisoner in his own body and an ''unwilling accessory'' to its crimes, since he cannot resist it enough to prevent it from ransacking his memories.]]
* TurnUndead: His power as a cleric. He sometimes gets over-enthusiastic with it.
* WallMaster: With the "Meld into Stone" spell.
* WeaponOfChoice: A warhammer, shield and cleric spells; likely Thor's influence.
* WhatWouldXDo:
** "What Would Thor Do?" is a question he asks himself frequently in the beginning. In practice, not as applicable as one might hope considering that Thor is a mighty god and he is a mid-level dwarf cleric.
** He has followed in the footsteps of Elan and Haley in the Order of the Stick, who also have asked "What Would ''Roy'' Do?", Durkon pondering it during [[spoiler:his fight with Malack.]]
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: He has a deep fear of trees. Truly irrational in this case as he thinks they have a conspiracy of some kind and want to take over the world. He justifies this with his patron Thor striking them with lightning. Apparently, he shares this attitude with most (if not all) dwarves.
* WillNotTellALie: Though he will bend the truth by using ExactWords.
-->'''Durkon:''' I count "able to be picked by a rogue" as a pretty major defect, aye?
* WorkHardPlayHard: According to the introduction to Book 5, this is the general dwarven idea of the afterlife. After a lifetime of duty and repression, once you get to Valhalla the fun breaks loose. Durkon plans to spend an entire ''century'' partying, then maybe take a nap.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: A prophecy states that Durkon's return to his home would destroy the dwarven homelands. To keep this from happening, the higher-ups sent him off on a SnipeHunt and told him not to return until they called for him. Which Durkon never does, because he's just that lawful. [[spoiler:However, the higher-ups neglected to tell their successors about the prophecy. Durkon can now return whenever he wants, though the message telling him so [[PoorCommunicationKills was eaten by the Monster in the Darkness without realizing what it was]].]] Though according to the Oracle, [[spoiler:he will be returning. Posthumously. The funny thing is, when he found that out, he was actually happy to learn that his body would be returned home, presumably for an honorable burial]]. The whole situation becomes even darker than it already was when you realize that [[spoiler:being said to return somewhere "posthumously" doesn't mean the first prophecy won't come true. There's also the fact that returning as a vampire can also count as posthumously. And now that it's been revealed that Durkon's under the control of the High Priest of Hel... it gets even ''worse'']]. There is also the fact that the last Gate is in Dwarven Lands and the team's records with those Gates are rather poor.
* YouDidntAsk: The reason he didn't tell [[spoiler: the High Priest that the key to the temple crumbles if taken by force.]] "Also, I hate ye an' I want ye to fail."