Literature: Sir Apropos of Nothing

Every heroic fantasy has its hero - the dashing, handsome, fearless warrior who will rush into battle, slaughter the forces of evil, secure in the knowledge that he will save the day and win the favor of the (always beautiful and virginal) princess of the land, and live happily ever after.

This series is not about that guy.

This is about the sidekick.

Apropos is the son of a prostitute, born of a gang-rape by a bunch of drunk knights, and his mother is convinced that the universe has Great Things planned for him. Apropos is sick of hearing the word "destiny" being bandied about, and he would rather save his own skin than the world. It's a comedy.

There are currently three books in the Sir Apropos of Nothing series by Peter David.
  • Sir Apropos of Nothing
  • The Woad to Wuin
  • Tong Lashing

There is also a five-issue comics miniseries published by IDW, called "Gypsies, Vamps, and Thieves", which picks up the story after Tong Lashing.

PAD has announced a fourth book, Pyramid Schemes, is currently being written and expected to be released by the end of 2015.

This series provides examples of:


Sir Apropos of Nothing

The Woad to Wuin
  • A Man Is Always Eager: Played with a bit at the beginning of the One Thing story in the second book, lampshaded a bit by Apropos himself:
    ... It was the ring. The damn thing was enchanted somehow. Sharee was, to put it bluntly, not in her right mind. Under the circumstances, I would have been a cad, a bounder, and an utter rotter to take advantage of the situation. And if you think I failed to do so, then you have clearly not been paying attention.
  • Cursed with Awesome: A main plot point of the second book.

Tong Lashing
  • Despair Event Horizon: Several moments throughout the trilogy could qualify, but it's particularly thoroughly spelled out in the third book, after Apropos returns to Hosbiyu, only to find everyone dead.

Gypsies, Vamps, and Thieves


Alternative Title(s):

Sir Apropos Of Nothing