''Joe's World'' is a series created by Creator/EricFlint and Richard Roach, consisting of two books so far with several more in the pipeline.

Long ago, a caveman named Joe created food to keep the humans going. Then, he invented sex to keep the humans occupied. Then, he invented work to keep the population in check. To help organize work, Joe then invented [[BadBoss bosses]]. To help the bosses [[PoliceBrutality keep the worse workers in line]], Joe invented the [[DirtyCop police]]. To help keep the worst ones in line Joe invented [[CorruptChurch priests]], and to help priests put the finishing touches on keeping everyone in line, Joe invented God. God, in his turn decided that Joe was a liability to him, and [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters froze Joe in a flash ice age]].

Since then, the bosses, police, priests and God himself have fallen short of Joe's expectations. Even mentioning Joe is considered heresy and the common man is downtrodden. Luckily, there is [[LaResistance a resistance movement]] going on, led from the [[strike:communist]] libertarian/anarchist nation of Mutt. And now, Joe's about to come back.

The first book, ''The Philosophical Strangler'' by Eric Flint, tells the tale of Greyboar, the greatest [[ProfessionalKiller professional strangler]] around, and his agent Ignace. The book opens with an account of what was supposed to be a routine royal strangulation; the crown prince of Sundjhab wants his uncle, the king, dead. The job goes smoothly until Greyboar declares the king his guru, and strangles him as a matter of [[EvenEvilHasStandards professional ethics]]. [[InsaneTrollLogic Naturally]], Greyboar then has to strangle the prince for hiring him to strangle his own guru.

After a TimeSkip, the story picks up with Ignace and Greyboar back in [[HurricaneOfPuns New Sphinctr, the capital of Sphinctria, a kingdom on the continent of Grotum]], after a NoodleIncident in Prygg, among other things. What follows is a number of separate stories relating to the general story.

The second book, ''Forward the Mage'', written with Richard Roach, has two separate storylines. One focuses on the artist/mercenary Benvenuti Sfondrati-Piccolomini and Greyboar's sister Gwendolyn, and the other on the wizard Zulkeh and his [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame dwarven]] apprentice Shelyid. The book is set mostly during the TimeSkip of the first book, providing some background on the first one and shedding light on the Noodle Incident.

The series [[SubvertedTrope subverts]], [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] or just generally plays for laughs most of the tropes it uses.

!!Provides examples of

* AchievementsInIgnorance: Wolfgang Laebmauntsforscynneweëld
* AGodAmI: [[spoiler: God himself]], according to Hildegard.
* AmazonianBeauty: Gwendolyn
* AndShowItToYou: The only weapons, outside of garrottes, Greyboar uses are ones extracted from hapless bodyguards.
* ArtifactOfDoom: The Pink Slips, The Rap Sheets, The Switches, The Boots, and whatever artifact God was given.
* BadassGrandpa: The elders in Sign of the Through are generally considered heroes since they've survived to a ripe old age in Flankn, the rougher neighborhood of New Sphinctr
* BadGuyBar: The Sign Of The Trough
* BewareTheNiceOnes: [[spoiler: Shelyid.]]
-->'''Greyboar''':..we finally know what happened to the Great Wall of Grotum -- it pulled a knife on [[spoiler: a dwarf]]!
** When [[spoiler: Shelyid]] finally loses his temper, it is described, before HilarityEnsues, with an OverlyLongGag that ends with [[spoiler: Shelyid]] lost his temper like Dispater, the archduke of hell, lost the keys to paradise and the hope of eternal salvation.
* BlindWithoutEm: Possibly inverted; Schrodinger's Cat is apparently blind with her Coke-bottle glasses.
* CloudCuckooLander: Schrodinger's Cat. Wolfgang Laebmauntsforscynneweëld. Zulkeh when he goes into theorylalaland.
* ConfusionFu: The Cat, of whom you can only tell for sure where she is or which way she is moving, but not both at the same time.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: The Consortium
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Zulkeh, in spite of the fact that his relationship with actual logic fleeting at best, is probably the most powerful wizard on the planet when he puts his blustering and pedantry aside and actually focuses on his work.
* DeathGlare: Greyboar has the Stare. Other names for it include "The Mirror of Mortality", "[[OverlyLongGag The Mirror of Imminent Mortality]]", "Basilisk" or "Time to Reconsider".
* EasyComeEasyGo: The Queen of Sphinctr's favor and disfavor
* FiveManBand: there is a group called Les Cinq, as well as Les Six and Les Sept, going around.
* GeniusBruiser: Greyboar has a taste for philosophy. He is also regarded as the most technically adept strangler in history, but not the strongest.
* GirlWithPsychoWeapon: The Cat.
* HumanKnot: Greyboar the strangler is renowned for tying enemies into knots, especially their necks, and takes a professional pride in making each knot a different one. He also sometimes ties his foster brother and agent, Ignace.
* HurricaneOfPuns
* IHaveManyNames: While Greyboar himself only goes by that name, his grip, like his [[DeathGlare glare]], has plenty of names.
* InadequateInheritor: Etienne Avare has provided Greyboar with steady business throttling these.
* InWhichATropeIsDescribed: the chapter titles of ''Forward the Mage'' take this UpToEleven.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Zulkeh, extremely heavy on the jerk, but in spite of his behavior, when he learns that his bumbling about in the Joe business has gotten him on the Rap Sheet for the Cruds, the Inquisition, the Black Hand of Goimr, and just about every law enforcement agency on the planet, his primary concern is not with his own safety, but with Shelyid's.
* LaResistance: One of the many things going on in Joe's World is a socialist revolution.
* YouFailLogicForever: Zulkeh, whose theories include that practice follows from theory. Do note that the other characters [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] this frequently.
* LongTitle: Forward The Mage does this, to the point that several chapters consisted solely of the title.
* MegaCorp: The Consortium again.
* MurderInc: Professional Stranglers' Guild
* OffingTheOffspring: Etienne Avare, for several generations
** And once he dies, most of the remaining offspring off each other.
* OverlyLongName: The Laebmauntsforscynneweëld clan, and the Sfondrati-Piccolomini clan.
* SolidGoldPoop: Dwarves' lives get significantly less pleasant when it is discovered that it is trivially easy to transform dwarf excrement into pure gold.
* StrawManPolitical: Ozarine politics, in particular.
* TagalongChronicler: Lampshaded and PlayedForLaughs. 'Forward the Mage' is ostensibly put together by the Alfredae, chronicling lice who live in the hair of the protagonist Shelyid. They are frequently disdainful of everyone else and extremely snobbish, die quite frequently causing shifts in how they narrate, and complement their own narrative with other sources (which they often think are untrustworthy and biased). They are very much an UnreliableNarrator, but so is everyone else.
* UnreliableNarrator: None of the narrators can be expected to tell the truth without embellishments, omissions, wishful thinking, self-aggrandizement, creative editing, or adjustments of facts to theory. It gets {{Lampshade Hanging}}s when the same scene is told by two different narrators, in entirely different ways.