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
There is also a five-issue comics miniseries published by IDW, called "Gypsies, Vamps, and Thieves", which picks up the story after Tong Lashing.
This series provides examples of:
GeneralSir Apropos of NothingThe 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.
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.
Butt Monkey: Apropos again. Many of the horrors and indignities he is subjected to are the result of Laser-Guided Karma; everybody else got away with something, but the one time he cheated, he got caught and got screwed. Many more are completely out of the blue.
Child by Rape: Apropos yet again. His lame leg is a key to figuring out that The King's jester is his father.
Played with; in the story's universe, actual knights in shining armor exist and are forces to be reckoned with like medieval Europe, and Tacit isn't one of them. He's more a Robin Hood figure. That makes him disreputable in the story's universe, but the Designated Hero in the story.
Love Is in the Air: Every woman Apropos comes in contact with while the One Thing to Rule Them All is attached to his member jumps his bones. At one point they actually tie him down so that every woman within a 20-mile radius can have a turn.
Sealed Evil in a Can: The spirit of the sword in Tong Lashing. The trigger to unleash him is to say, "I don't care". When Apropos finds out Veruh Wang Ho is a man, he says the phrase over and over...cue Chinpan-shattering kaboom. To drive home the symbolism, after that he gives the sword away to a fat man carrying a little boy.
Sequel Hook: At the end of "Tong Lashing", Apropos hints that he's borne a son that he was not aware of at the time (likely from one of the many, many women who serviced him while he was wearing the One Thing).