Moving in and Pot C Spoilers
Moving in mini-arcPages: Roommates, 2 - Nightcap, 3 - Neighbors, 4 - Meetings
Characters: Erik, Jareth.
New Characters: James, Javert.
Running Gags: Fruit Basket, Jareth causing mischief, Erik hurting Jareth, Lampshading Fanservice.
Summary: The first Odd Couple moves in and the new one is introduced. Also the birth of the 'Dreaded Fruit Basket Gag.
Pirates Of The Caribbean Spoilers mini-arcPages: 5 - PotC2 Spoilers, 6 - River, 7 - PotC 3 Spoilers
Characters: Erik, Jareth, James, Javert.
Running Gags: Drunk Antics, Javert being unsympathetic, Media Classifications.
Summary: The second and third PiratesOfTheCaribbean movie and its effects on James. (Beginning of James' alcohol problem, and his friendship with Jareth. Also the first appearance of the Media Classifications jokes.)
- Drowning My Sorrows: Norrington gets Off The Wagon because of his second movie.
- I'm Taking Her Home with Me!: Played with, as this isn't because of Cuteness Overload more like The Woobie effect (except if Jareth has some screwed up sense of cute... which is an option). For those who don't want to check out the page: He took The Drunken Sailor / Off The Wagon James home with him and it's the beginning of a beautiful friendship. I kid you not! These two are like brothers... or at least step-brothers... Still tried to kill each other, like true family.
- Sink-or-Swim Mentor: Doesn't want to be but Javert's method of helping involves something suspiciously similar... and also intending to literally throw James into a river. (It would work wonders againt the smell at least.)
100 Years War and Gags
100 Years War mini-arcPages: 8 - 100 Years War, 9 - Silly Boys, 10 - Croissant
Characters: Erik, Jareth, James, Javert.
New Characters: Christine, Sarah.
Running Gags: National Animosities, Girls being sane/scary, This Means War!.
Summary: Well, the main cast reenacts the 100 years of war in small and silly. The girls are introduced. The Boys are silly / Girls are scary Catch Phrases are born.
- Armor-Piercing Question: What are you fighting about?
- Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys: When you have a fight between Erik and Javert (French) and Commander Norrington and Jareth (British and... Um... "British"), this insult is obviously going to be used. Sometimes it's even used under the most ridiculous of circumstances- like in this mini arc. See also Silly Reason for War.
- Silly Reason for War: This arc (lasted 2 pages and involved the main cast) was caused by a disagreement over the name of a pastry product and was made worse by Cultural Posturing. See also Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys in main.
- This Means War!: In a not too serious manner: Jareth to Erik
Standalone gagsCharacters: Erik, Jareth, James, Javert, Fruit Basket.
Running Gags: Fruit Basket, Erik hurting Jareth, Vanity (Jareth's), Jareth causing mischief, Lampshading Fanservice.
Summary: Well, these are standalone gags. But we get some new characters ans situational comedy.11 - Redemption12 - Movie Night
- Talking the Monster to Death: Mentioned as Jareth's cause of defeat when the boys watch Labyrinth together.Javert: You were monologued to death?
- Bait and Switch: It was a really horrifying experience... noticing that someone is thiner than him.
- Flushing Toilet, Screaming Shower: Jareth pulled this prank on Erik. An inevitable death threat and a wounded ego followed.
- Modesty Towel: Erik.
New Characters: Crowley, Aziraphale.15 - Tall
- Actor Allusion: This is why Jareth is the shortest.
Gavroche and One X to rule
Gavroche mini-arcPages: 16 - Gavroche, 17 - Hospital, 18 - Put It Back
Characters: Erik, Jareth, James, Javert, Aziraphale, Crowley, Fruit Basket.
New Characters: Gavroche, The Artful Dodger.
Running Gags: Fruit Basket, Javert's stress level, Lampshading Fanservice.
Summary: A crimewave reached the building causing severe deja vu and more.
- Unexplained Recovery: "Apparently, he got better." to quote Gavroche (here about Javert, he was at the hospital last page).
One X to rule them all arcPages 19 - Sweet, 20 - Infestation, 21 - Bad Signs, 22 - Girls Rock, 22b - Epilogue
Characters: Erik, Jareth, James, Javert, Sarah, Christine.
New Characters: Frodo, Ringwraiths.
Running Gags: Cuteness Proximity, Girls being scary.
Summary: Frodo and his pursuers found the 'verse. Time to show badass... or not.
- Backto Back Badasses: James and Javert vs. the Ringwraiths.
- Cuteness Overload: Every male character got KO-d by Frodo's illegal amount of cute... the girls seemed immune, though.
- Hope Spot: Erik&jareth's attempted "Big Damn Heroes" move against the Ringwraiths, just before winning Jareth runs out of magic and transforms into an owl.
- Talking the Monster to Death: The MONOLOGUE appearently works on Ringwraiths.
Karaoke, a gag and Copies
Karaoke arcPages: 23 - Felicitations, 24 - Bloom, 25 - Nightmare, 26 - Karaoke Pt 1, 27 - Karaoke Pt 2
Characters: Erik, Jareth, James, Javert, Crowley.
New Characters: Legolas.
Running Gags: Actor Allusion, Drunk antics, Jareth causing mischief.
Summary: Legolas moves in and to celebrate this the characters decide to drink way to much and put the karaoke machine on random... Hilarity Ensues.
- Actor Allusion: The in-universe reason why Norrington can't stand Legolas.
- Comical Overreacting: Their dread, when Legolas brought wine as welcoming gift (helped that James answered the door) with added Slow No for effect.
- My Significance Sense Is Tingling: Christine (outright quoting Star Wars) when Erik sings "I feel so pretty".
- Not Proven: Jareth lampshades this on the second karaoke page.
- Rebus Bubble: Legolas = Will Turner (Here.)
- Slow No: Invoked and Parodied here.
- Sneeze Cut: Sarah when Jareth sings "Hit me baby one more time" (Word of Pika that they have a Psychic Link).
Standalone gagsCharacters: Erik, Jareth, James, Javert.28 - Boring
- Drop-In Character: Lampshaded. Why don't you go home? I know, you have an apartment.
- In the Doldrums: James' and Javert's apartment seems to be concentrated boredom in a closed space (they literally have more paperwork than furniture) and it's the fault of the residents.
Copies mini-arcPages: Roommates: Pre-Halloween, 29 - Copies, 30 - Copy Machine
Characters: Erik, Jareth, James, Javert.
New Characters: Leonidas, Steve, Dracula, Nicola Tesla, André Marek, Michael Colefield, Pearse Harman, Georges Seurat.
Running Gags: Actor Allusion, Jareth causing mischief or his copy at least.
Summary: Attack of the dopelgangers. Or at least characters played by Philip Quast, David Bowie, Jack Davenport and Gerard Butler.
- Actor Allusion: The entire arc.
Kids, gags and the Wash
Kids arcPages: 31 - Poof, 32 - Shorter, 33 - Wardrobe, 34 - Quick Fix, 35 - Babysitting, 36 - Grand Day Out, 37 - Swipe
Characters: Erik (Kid!Erik), Jareth, James (Kid!James), Javert (Kid!Javert), Christine.
Running Gags: Jareth causing mischief, Girls being scary, Erik hurting Jareth.
Summary: Standard hazards of living with a Fair Folk is the random magic... which gives us a small glimpse what kind of children the cast members were.
- Continuity Nod: They debate if the glowing orb explodes like the ones in the One X ... arc.
- Fountain of Youth: Crystal Ball of youth. And the magic only lasts for thirteen hours.
- Pet the Dog: Jareth in thisnote comic.
- Schmuck Bait: It kicks off the arc against all of Erik's efforts. "What does this glowing orb do?"
Standalone gagsCharacters: Erik, Jareth, James, Javert.
Running Gags: James awkwardly meeting his ex, Javert's Bizarre Taste in Food, Legolas being freaked out by Todd, Erik's glitterphobia, Uninvited poofing.
Summary: Two new characters are introduced.Roommates 38 - Todd
New Characters: Todd
- Security Cling: Legolas did the leaping into another person'snote arms variety. When he first met Sweeney.
New Characters: ElizabethRoommates 40 - Glittered
The Wash mini-arcPages: 41 - Shirts, 42 - Pink
Characters: Erik, Jareth, James, Javert (Kid!Javert), Christine.
Running Gags: Jareth tries to help, Erik's reactions to women, Lampshading Fanservice.
Summary: Well, Jareth does the wash. Also Erik's reaction to female underwear is established.
The First Vacation
First Vacation arc (2008 Summer arc)Also known by the name go its parts Road Trip arc (Pages 43-45), Oz arc (Pages 46-50), and Beach arc (Pages 51-56).
Pages: 43 - Automobile, 44 - Roadtripping, 45 - Barometer; 46 - Armed, 47 - Dorothy?, 48 - Wizard, 49 - Tithe, 50 - Boundaries; 51 - Beach, 52 - Bathing Suit, 53 - More Awkward, 54 - Up and Down, 55 - POV, 56 - 7 of 9, Photo Souvenir - Beach Trip
Characters: Erik, Jareth, James, Javert, Christine, Sarah, Elizabeth, Aziraphale, Crowley, Todd.
New Characters: The Wizard, the Muchkins, the Gatekeeper of the Emerald City, Mrs. Lovett
Running Gags: Instant Cosplay Surprise, Jareth causing mischief, James awkwardly meeting his ex, Erik's reactions to women, Ax-Crazy killers getting along.
Summary: Jareth organizes a vacation (and blackmails the main cast into participating). It ends up having a short cut through Oz.
- Back to Back to Back Badasses: when they find themselves in Oz.
- Beach Episode: The last third.
- Looming Silhouette of Rage: A textbook example.
- Magi Babble: At the end of the Oz arc part Jareth pulls a "Little Jareth's Magic Lecture" stunt to explain some rules of his magic (boiled down to "I can't teleport between magic and non-magic places without someone saying the right words, sorry."note ) just to prove that he didn't subject the cast to the whole thing for his own amusement.
- Noodle Incident: Erik's Teleportation Sickness.
- Not in Kansas Anymore: Jareth said it after they apparently took the Wrong Turn at Albuquerque and he sung almost every song from The Wizard of Oz, the others were not amused. For playing with bonus points he managed to do this before the random tornado hit.
- Off to See the Wizard: After the Road Movie part ends.Jareth: Well, come along, Dorothy. We're Off to See the Wizard and all that jazz.
- Personal Raincloud: James here.
- Road Movie: Seems to be this initially then after 3 pages the Tornado of fate hits and they are Off to See the Wizard.
- Single Palette Town: The Emerald City as observed by James.
Blind Date and University Life
Blind Date arcPages: 57- Personals, 58 - Blind Date Pt1, 59 - Blind Date Pt 2, 60 - Rebound
Characters: Erik, Jareth, James, Javert.
New Characters: Elphaba, Kira, random Lady of the Night, Cain and Glitch, Captain Jack Harkness, Éponine.
Running Gags: Actor Allusion, Jareth tries to help, Javert is unsympathetic, Javert's stress level, James being Covert Pervert, Eponine pouncing her boyfriend.
Summary: The repeated meeting with Elizabeth takes a toll on poor James and Jareth (and Erik) thinks that the only non-sympathetic character (Javert) needs a girlfriend, boyfriend. It ends with James hooking up with Éponine for the great annoyance of Javert.
- Drowning My Sorrows: Norrington gets Off The Wagon because of the meeting with his failed relationship.
- Blind Date: Obviously. The others figured Javert needs a girlfriend... or boyfriend (Jareth is an equal opportunity kinda guy).
- You Need to Get Laid: James' solution.
University Life arcPages: 61 - Lundi, 62 - Stampede, 63 - Auditing, 64 - Allure, 65 - Daily Grind, 66 - Unemployed, 67 - Staff Lounge, 68 - Rule Number 1, 69 - Attention, 70 - Moral Compass
Characters: Erik, Jareth, James, Javert.
New Characters: Stacy, Prof. Jones, Gandalf, Pippin, Audrey2.
Running Gags: Javert's stress level, Uninvited poofing, James' unknown rivalry, Girls being scary, Eponine pouncing her boyfriend.
Summary: This arc answers the question what the main cast does for a living. 3/4th of them work at the St. Jude University. Most of the actual story focuses on James and his rivalry with Dr. Jones and his (futile) attempts to keep his students from skipping class.
- Despair Event Horizon: You know a character (here James) reached it if he declares that Jareth is his only hope and seriously takes his advice. Lampshaded by Jareth himself.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Javert's advised teaching method seems to be much like this. ... There is a reason why he doesn't teach.
- Harsh Word Impact: Not so harsh word impact. Even absolute trust and good faith can hit you hard.
- Late for School: 3 out of 4 main cast members, and they are the teachers. Apparently the alarm clock died, but Jareth swears it wasn't him.
- Necktie Leash: Eponine to James here.
- Education Through Pyrotechnics: Gandalf's suggestion.
- Painted-On Pants: Jareth's best advice to James on how to catch attention, it has unexpected results.
- Rule Number One: Erik's is "Always make an entrance!" apparently.
- Super Window Jump: Erik's Big Entrance plan for James' question about how to get attention involved this.
Characters: Erik, Jareth, James, Javert, Sarah, Christine, Aziraphale, Crowley, Todd.
New Characters: Sir Dydimus, DEATH, Avenue Q performer + Kate Monster.
Running Gags: Being dead in canon.
Summary: The residents of the building hold a big Halloween party, then murder!
- The Dog Was the Mastermind: Javert ultimately failed his investigation because wasn't Genre Savvy enough to considering the Muppet as a possible suspect. Everybody who saw Labyrinth should know better.
- Everyone Is a Suspect: Well, it is a "murder" mystery.
- Fair Play Whodunnit: More or less, the only advantage the detective Javert has over the reader is that he sees things in color.
- For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: Death.
- Faking the Dead: Jareth, as he would be the victim.
- Halloween Episode: Well the 2008 one.
- Hidden in Plain Sight: Jareth disguised himself as MirrorMask for almost the entire evening to keep the culprit from realizing that he wasn't actually dead.
- Holy Halo: Crowley tries to invoke his trope with his costume to prove he couldn't be the culprit here.
- Masquerade Ball: Halloween party. With almost exclusively Shout-Out costumes.
- The Summation: Javert delivers one at the end. If he is playing Sherlock Holmes he will damn well do it right.
- "Shut Up" Kiss: Sarah to Jareth here.
Gags, This Means War and a New Hire
Standalone GagsChararcers: Jareth.71 - Seasons
This Means War arcPages: 72 - Jellicle; 81 - Casus Belli, 82 - Strike One, 83 - Strike Two, 84 - You're Out, 85 - Gifted
Characters: Erik, Jareth, James, Javert, Sarah.
New Characters: Misto.
Running Gags: This Means War!, Jareth causing mischief and failing against Misto, Cuteness Proximity, Girls being scary/sane.
Summary: Sarah finds cute kitty, then makes the others petsit it... Jareth is not amused.
- Cuteness Overload: Nobody (except Javert and Jareth) can resist Misto.
- Et Tu, Brute?: Jareth's reaction to everybody falling for Misto's charm, he even says it to James literally.
- I'm Taking Her Home with Me!: A perfectly straight example happened on #72, where Sarah found Misto ... later she gave him away.
- This Means War!: In a not too serious manner: Jareth to Misto.
New Hire arcPages: 73 - Signs, 74 - New Hire, 75 - Icy Cold, 76 - Authority, 77 - Answer, 78 - Confrontation 1, 79 - Confrontation 2, Omake - Yaoi Slash, 80 - Coping
Characters: Erik, Jareth, James, Javert.
New Characters: M. Andre and Firmin, Jean Valjean.
Running Gags: Lampshading Fanservice, Javert's stress level, Being dead in canon.
Summary: The old superintendents of the building decide to retire (as this is not the Phantomless job of their dreams), the new one forces Javert to face his past.
- Anti-Heroic BSOD:Javert suffers a textbook one (maybe even bordering Angst Coma) when he notices that Valjean moved to the building.
- Bavarian Fire Drill: Erik used this tactic (and his voice imitation ability) on Javert in his Heroic BSOD to test that he still responds to the voice of authority.
- Brain Bleach: Erik's reaction to seeing Javert and Valjean kissing.note Erik: "...can't unsee..." *whimper*
- Breather Episode: Inverted. It's a highly dramatic arc set between the setup and actual story of a comedy one (This Means War!)
- Flashback Nightmare: Javert has some about his suicide.
- Modesty Towel: James here.
Standalone GagsCharacters: Erik, Jareth, James, Javert, Sarah.
Running Gags: Lampshading Fanservice, Erik hurting Jareth (not physically this time), Girls being scary, The Magic Family Tree.
86 - Lollypop
- April Fools' Day: April 1th special.
New Characters: Cheryl.88 - Relativity
New Characters: Schmendrick, Lír.
The Repo! cast, Killed for Canon meeting and gags
Enter the Repo! cast arc(also known as Erik gets a new girlfriend)
Pages: 89 - Archetypes, 90 - Nuff Said, 91 - Crush, 92 - Just Say No, 93 Mechanical Issues, 94 - Help Button, 95 - Wait, What?, 96 - Blind, 97 - Duet, 98 - Duel, 99 - Denouement, 100 - Heal; 107 - Topple, 108 - Cavalry, 109 - Cliffhanger, 110 - Revealing, 111 - Meanwhile..., 112 - Beneficiary
Characters: Erik, Jareth, James, Javert.
New Characters: Nathan, Shilo, Grave-robber, Mag.
Running Gags: Javert being unsympathetic, Media Classifications, Actor Allusion, Jareth tries to help, Erik's rections to women, Ax-Crazy killers getting along, People fainting and Javert carrying them.
Summary: Nathan and Shilo move in, get some visitors from their original story. Also Erik falls in love and in great trouble.
- Bait and Switch: Where did that blood came from? Did he kill someone?
- Blind and the Beast: Subverted. Erik starts dating Blind Mag after they get stuck in the elevator for a bit. She's touched his face and knows what's there, but points out that her story has worse in it.
- Commonality Connection: Todd and Nathan. Ax-Crazy? Check. Knife Nut? Check. Medical Background? Check. Family issues? Check. PERFECT!
- Drugs Are Bad: #92 Just Say No!
- Duet Bonding: Erik and Mag through singing here.
- Easily Overheard Conversation: Erik the girl's about Mag. Christine Erik's and Jareth's about Mag again.
- Embarrassing Old Photo: Todd and Nathan have baby pictures of their daughters.
- Filler Strip: #111 Meanwhile... Azi leans on the fourth wall.
- Friends with Benefits: Erik and Mag end up with such an agreement. A subversion because he doesn't even know the expression. Cue: Face Palm in 3... 2... 1... *SMACK*
- Locked in a Room: Erik and Mag stuck in the elevator.
- The Missus and the Ex: Erik's here here. Went slightly melancholic.
- Mood Whiplash: The reveal about Erik's bloody clothes and fainting (Nosebleed).
- OOC Is Serious Business: Seemed to be subverted when James even lampshaded the OOC -ness of Jareth here but nothing seemed to change. See the Fridge Logic entry for details as it's a Double Subversion with Chekhov's Gun qualities.
- Tempting Fate: Two times. Shilo we can understand, but Erik should known better.Page 89 - Archetypes - Shilo: "Still, it's not like we're going to find any psycho killers or wicked manipulators in this place..." Next panel Erik and JarethPage 96 - Blind - Erik: (Talking about his relationship with Mag) "I doubt Christine will even notice." Guess who stands just around the corner.
Killed for Canon meeting arcPages: 101 - Peer Pressure, 102 - Boy Player, 103 - Moderator, 104 - Life Support, 105 - Congratulation
Characters: Erik, Jareth, James, Javert.
New Characters: Angel, Captain America, Death, Boromir, Spike, Dustfinger, Snape, Mr. Teatime, Mercutio, Hoban "Wash" Washburne.
Running Gags: Javert being unsympathetic, Jareth tries to help, Erik's rections to "women", Being dead in canon.
Summary: Jareth shows his manipulative side by using peer pressure to make Erik visit the support group meeting. Which might or might not do any good.
- Breather Episode: It is (even if the humor is a bit black). Easing up the drama about Erik's new relationship in the Enter the Repo! cast arc.
- Hope Spot: A small and silly one for Erik after he survived the support group meeting and before he got home... unfortunately Jareth isn't good at being nice even when he wants to.
- Tropaholics Anonymous: Well, The "Killed for Canon" meeting.
- Waxing Lyrical: All text on this is a lyric from RENT.
Standalone gagsCharacters: James; Jareth, Erik, Misto.106 - Third Tier
New Character: Sherlock Holmes.
- Supernatural Angst: James contemplates the Theory of Narrative Causality and his own luck, to conclude that he doesn't have a chance.
The Second Vacation, gags and Morgan's visit
Second Vacation arc (2010 Summer arc)Pages 114 - Prelude, 115 - Uh-Oh, 116 - Party Hats, 117 - Butterfly, 118 - Landlocked, 119 - Battle Plan, 120 - Drift, 121 - Eagle Eye, 122 - Call Center, 123 - Godot, 124 - Homeward, 125 - ForeSHADOW
Characters: Erik, Jareth, James, Javert, Legolas, Elizabeth, Christine, Sarah, Sherlock Holmes, Mrs.Lovett, Todd, Crowley, Aziraphale.
New Characters: Dr. Watson, The Celestial Bureaucracy, Erlkönig, Jadis.
Running Gags: Jareth causing mischief, Javert's stress level, James awkwardly meeting his ex, Uninvited poofing, Jareth tries to help, Instant Cosplay Surprise, Being dead in canon.
Summary: Jareth organizes the second vacation against everybody's wishes... and he learned from the last and commits very new mistakes (This arc sets up the Dark!Jareth arc by foreshadowing Jareth's family and the whole thing possibly backfiring).
- Backto Back Badasses: The imagery is invoked here, though Crowley and Az are dealing with a flood of information rather than physical opponents.
- Beach Episode: Mixed with Road Movie.
- Holographic Terminal: Heaven and Hell have this type of tech, Crowley's terminal even seems to operate by Augmented Reality.
- Kudzu Plot
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero with an F in Good: Jareth organized a dream vacation for his friends and with this he unwittingly created the Big Bad of the Dark!Jareth arc.
- Road Movie: This arc plays this trope pretty straight it's a tubing trip down the river that was established not to be there before or after and flows down at the edge of the map.
- Vanishing Village: Vanishing River. It was established that the biggest body of water around the building is a duck pond... then Jareth organized the tubing trip.
Standalone gagsCharacters: Erik, Jareth, James, Javert.
Running Gags: Jareth causing mischief, Drunk Antics.126 - Rule 34
- Embarrassing Old Photo: Jareth has embarrassing photos of everybody (and even of events that never(?) happened).
- Rules of the Internet: Jareth misuses Rule 34. It's clearly Rule 63! Or is it? Oh! And he has pics!
Morgan's visit mini-arcPages: 128 - Switch Hit, 129 - Mashup
Characters: Erik, Jareth, James, Javert.
New Characters: Morgan.
Running Gags: Girls being scary, Javert's stress level, The Magic Family Tree.
Summary: Morgan comes to visit her son, the Tangled Family Tree gets some more lampshades. We also see what can happen to Composite Characters over time.
Kid!Jareth, a gag and the Erlkönig
Kid!Jareth arc (2010 Halloween arc)Also known as Small Time Traveller arc
Pages: 130 - Falling, 131 - Flying, 132 - Faerie Tale, 133 - Forsaken
Characters: Jareth (Kid!Jareth), Sarah.
New Characters: Jadis, Jareth's sister or the Erlking's daughter, Erlkönig.
Running Gags: The Magic Family Tree.
Summary: Sarah meets a very lonely magical child (from the past), is kind to him and he gives her his word. (We get a setup for Labyrinth.)
- Alliterative Title: More like Alliterative Subtitles actually. Falling, Flying, Faery Tale, Forsaken.
- Call Forward: A lot of it. Like his Promise (see in Kid!Jareth's tropes) or the Waxing Lyrical example later.
- Halloween Episode: The 2010 one.
- Monster Sob Story: Jareths.
- Talking the Monster to Death: In this heartbreaking arc revealed that Jareth's father got banished by his mother with the very SAME monologue that later defeated him in Labyrinth.
- Waxing Lyrical: Kid!Jareth here. "Daddy?! Daddy, get me out of here!" "Sister, sister, please!" a bit later "It's only forever... It's not long at all..." (David Bowie - Underground). It's also a Call Forward.
Standalone gagsCharacters: Erik, Jareth, James, Javert.
Running Gags: Erik's glitterphobia.134 - Shiny
- Anti-Heroic BSOD: Erik after seeing Labyrinth in HD.
- Security Cling: Erik after he got out of his glitter caused Heroic BSOD.
Erlkönig arc (2010 Christmas arc)Pages: 135 - Loom, 136 - Lurk, 137 - Lee, 138 - Loss, 139 - Lethe, 140 - Legacy
Characters: Jareth, Sarah, Javert, James, Erik, Christine, Schmendrick.
New Characters: Toby, the Erlking's daughter, Erlkönig.
Running Gags: The Magic Family Tree.
Summary: Some classical Fair Folk stop by and almost steal Toby (again) also try to deliver some warning.
- Alliterative Title: More like Alliterative Subtitles actually. Loom, Lurk, Lee, Loss, Lethe, Legacy.
- Changeling Tale: The Erlkönig arc. Subverted. But poor Toby is a fae magnet. And this is probably the LEAST endearing way you can reintroduce yourself to your son's story. Way to go Erlkönig!
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Jareth vs. Erlkönig
- Deal with the Devil: The Erlkönig offered power to Jareth, just the Wingdinglish made it a bit hard to spot, but was turned down.
- Hope Spot: Jareth&Javert's Villainous Rescue attempt, seemed like they saved the child just before the Erlkönig kicks their asses.
- Kudzu Plot: [[spoler:They save the kid... but how and why it happened remained a mystery.]]
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Jareth casts it on Toby and Javert to protect them. Fails on Javert, but at least manages to spare the kid some Bad Dreams. With this act he effectively declared his father in-universe Nightmare Fuel:
- Not What It Looks Like: Between Jareth and Sarah. She made a Relative Error about his sister.
- Passive-Aggressive Kombat: The Erlkönig does this, even if the runes make it hard to decypher.
- Precision F-Strike: It devolves into Symbol Swearing but it's pretty sure that Jareth goes at least "Oh Shit..." here.note
- Villainous Rescue: Jareth tries and fails this when Toby runs into the Erlkonig. But he still leaves so this is a Double Subversion.
- Visit by Divorced Dad: This story can be seen as this. He drops by regularly since though (for his son's great dismay).
Limbo fever, the M Word, gags and British Boyfriends
Limbo Fever arcPages: 141 - Rome, 142 - Conversations, 143 - Neater
Characters: Jareth, Sarah.
New Characters: Mr. Saito, Cobb and his children.
Running Gags: Actor Allusion, Jareth tries to help.
Summary: Sarah has sleeping problem because of Inception... Jareth solves it. It becomes their landlord.
- All Just a Dream: As an Inception crossover not that much of a surprise. Also has some interesting consequences.
- Dream Land: Limbo.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero with an F in Good: Jareth fixed Sarah's sleeping problem and it became their landlord (It Makes Sense in Context).
M word arc - Part 1This arc connects and frames the Dark!Jareth arc.
Pages: 144 - Letter, 145 - The M Word, 146 - Failure, 147 - Irrefutable, 148 - OC, 149 - Favor
Characters: Jareth, Erik, James, Javert.
New Characters: Hedwig.
Running Gags: Jareth tries to help, Being dead in canon, People fainting and Javert carrying them.
Summary: The cast got letters, James from his mother and she wants to come to visit.
- Anti-Heroic BSOD: Later James when he learns that his mother is coming to visit.
- Comical Overreacting: Their shock and pity, when they found out that James' mother is an Original Character.
- Get a Hold of Yourself Man: Used by Javert on Heroic BSOD James here.
- Timey-Wimey Ball: Lampshaded here. Trust Jareth (however hard it is), he is a Time Master, you don't want to risk this.
- T-Word Euphemism: Roommates 145 - The M Wordnote
Standalone pagesCharacters: Jareth, Erik.
Running Gags: Lampshading Fanservice, Uninvited poofing, Jareth tries to help.
150 - Story
- Fanservice: Well, Shirtless Scene with bondagey imagery. The fangirls squee.
- Supernatural Angst: The whole page is actually Jareht contemplating the futility of fighting his story.
New Characters: Ariadne.152 - Wizard
New Characters: Dresden, Bob.
British Boyfriends are Better mini-arcPages: 153 - Vegas, 154 - BBaB
Characters: Erik, James, Javert, Legolas.
New Characters: Satine, Christian, The Green Fairy.
Running Gags: Drunk Antics, Javert's stress level, James being Covert Pervert.
Summary: New tenants, way too much absinthe and Javert is not amused.
- Foreign Culture Fetish: Satine, Eponine and (if they can make her) Sarah have "anglophile meetings" where they discuss that "British Boyfriends Are Better".
- What Did I Do Last Night?: This page has James in a drag waked by the Green Fairy wondering what he did and if he is in Vegas. As for why... the British Boyfriends Are Better club got him.
Dark!Jareth and M word conclusion
Dark!Jareth arc (2011 Summer arc)Pages: 155 - Inopportunte, 156 - Breaking, 157 - Doppelganger, 158 - Trinity, 159 - Overture, 160 - Caught, 161 - Yes Mother, 162 - Stuck, 163 - Yoink, 164 - S.R.P., 165 - Rise, 166 - Fall, 167 - Inexplicable, 168 - The F Word, 167b SLASH INTERLUDE, 169 - Face to Face, 170 - Listen, 171 - Magic Words, 172 - Villainy, 173 - Catching Up, 174 - Generous, 175 - Sundered, 176 - Demands, 177 - No, 178 - Strive, 179 - SMACK, 180 - Status Quo, 181 - Tomorrow, 182 - Vows, 183 - Parent Trap
Characters: Jareth (Dark!Jareth), Erik, James, Javert, Sarah, Christine, Aziraphale, Crowley, Erlkönig.
New Characters: Mrs. Norrington, Socks.
Running Gags: National Animosities, Girls being sane/scary.
Summary: Jareth's mirror breaks, his dark side takes over and tries to rerail the stories of the cast. Also James mother finally arrives... and gets along with Jareth's dad way to much.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Jareth and Sarah sitting on the edge of the rooftop and Jareth promising in double lined letters that he will never let the fall hurt her. His dark side pushed her down from that very spot some pages before this. The guy is good at being sweet and creepy.
- Call Back: Dark!Jareth to his own idealistic speech on page 100 here. And how he was wrong.
- Character Rerailment: Invoked. Jareth reverted back to his original Goblin King characterization and was hellbent on undoing all the Character Development the others had gone through as well.
- Cue the Sun: At the end of the arc James used the rising sun to deliver his Rousing Speech about Hope, the importance of Forgiveness and Redemption always being a possibility (and this from the guy whose story was Redemption Equals Death) to Jareth.
- Discriminate and Switch: After she and Sarah find Valjean resting an unconscious Javert's head in his lap, Norrington's mother comments that the two of them seemed "so... you know... the f-word..." She means "French," of course.
- Easily Forgiven: Played with at the end of the arc two people forgave easily, two didn't (Javert still holds the grudge in Such Stuff... a year later).
- Elephant in the Living Room: In the Dark!Jareth arc the fairly obvious fact of Jareth acting weirdly and his eyes suddenly turning monochromatic did get questioned by the other cast members but he ignored the topic so efficiently that even the readers forgot it was.
- Faking Amnesia: Averted but referenced here.Sarah (to Jareth fresh out of his dark mode): Not going to try and claim amnesia by possession?Jareth: ...No.
- Faking the Dead: Jareth tries to do this dramatically It doesn't fool Sarah. "Spoilsport!"
- Force Feeding: Dark!Jareth's Character Rerailment spell comes in the form of a fruit that nobody would eat willingly. Oh well. This doesn't stop him.
- Get a Hold of Yourself Man: Sarah smacks Jareth out of his Dark! mode here.
- I Always Wanted to Say That: Here.
- I Kiss Your Hand: Mr. King Mrs. Norrington's here. What can we say, they're both old-fashioned sort of.
- "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Used (and referenced!) in this strip, while Valjean tries to reason with a brainwashed and de-character developed Javert.
- I Warned You: The Erlkönig appeared to note that "I tried." at the beginning. He really tried to warn Jareth in the Erlkönig arc but the kid refused to listen (and it went over everybody else's head because of the runes and his usual crypticness).
- Kick the Morality Pet: Dark!Jareth goes after Jamie and Sarah. Not that it's a good idea. See Villainous Breakdown.
- Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: Dark!Jareth to James here. James is too savvy or insecure to think of himself as Worthy Opponent though so it's a subversion.
- Love Confession: Jareth 's two sides here.
- Mood Whiplash: This notoriously dark arc ends with the Parent with New Paramour trope.
- Narnia Time: The time in the Building is just weird in this arc. At least there was a "Hour Inside, Half an Hour Outside" joke when Sarah met Mrs. Norrington and it was nighttime at the rooftop when it clearly wasn't even afternoon on the lower levels or outside. And time got back to normal with the next morning.
- Parent Trap Plot: Averted. You would think that a page with the subtitle "Parent Trap" would be this... no it's not, it's the Parent with New Paramour example later.
- Parent with New Paramour: What can be more awkward than seeing your parent flirt/go out? If (s)he flirts/goes out with your friends parent! As James and Jareth can attest. This is the page the arc ends on.
- Rooftop Confrontation: Planned by Dark!Jareth... it didn't go too well.
- Tempting Fate:
- Then Let Me Be Evil: After Dark!Jareth's last attempt to make the heroine see his side of the story fails. To be fair talking in Blue and Orange Morality didn't help his causenote . See also: Love Confession
- This Is Wrong on So Many Levels: Sarah's version: "There's more wrong with that than I can even start to explain...". (She also has Sympathy for the Devil, so Jareth is Easily Forgiven... by her)
- T-Word Euphemism: Roommates 168 - The F Wordnote
- Villainous Breakdown: Dark!Jareth suffers one when he begins to realize that he might have got what "he" (read: the story) wanted but that wasn't what he needed. Namely destroy the heroes (or so it seemed), but those heroes happened to be his Muggle Best Friend and his Love Interest.
- Villain over for Dinner: James's initial reaction to his mother seeing der Erlkönig (after he realized who he is). Later Subverted because the Cool Old Lady is hard to fool... she willingly romances (and trolls) "Cthulhu".
- Wham Episode: It gave some pretty potent Paranoia Fuel and personal drama to the until that point mostly harmless trickster. Also cemented that You Can't Fight Fate or the Theory of Narrative Causality.
- You're Insane!: Used by Javert against Dark!Jareth and his Motive Rant on why he's been forcing Character Rerailment on the others:Javert: "Generous?! We are tragedies, you ass! There is nothing generous in making us repeat the same mistakes that cost us everything the first time!"
M word arc - Part 2Pages: 184 - Challenge, 185 - Accepted
Characters: James, Mrs. Norrington.
Running Gags: National Animosities, Girls being sane/scary, Being dead in canon.
Summary: James comes finally clean and has a talk with his mother. Turns out most of it wasn't needed.
- Pun-Based Title: Meme based but you get the idea: (pages 184-185) Challenge-Accepted.
Zombies arc (2011 Halloween arc)Pages: 186 - Options, 187 - Reflexes, 188 - Checked, 189 - Phone Box, Roommates 190 - Arrivals, 191 - Passing Thru, 192 - AoE, 193 - Sacrifice, 194 - Americana, 195 - Depth, 196 - Power Play, 197 - Threat, 198 - Time Out, 199 - Hero, 200 - Participation, 201 - Doom, 202 - CHAINSAW, 203 - Later, 204 - Sonic, 205 - Force, 206 - Return, 207 - Immutable
Characters: James, Jareth, Javert, Erik, Valjean, Aziraphale, Crowley, Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, Dresden, Bob, Todd, Nathan, Mr. Saito, Cobb and his children, Satine, Christian, Sarah, Christine, Legolas.
New Characters: Dr. House, The Tenth Doctor, Ash, Tallahasse, Zombies.
Running Gags: Javert being unsympathetic, Media Classifications, National Animosities, Uninvited poofing, Jareth tries to help, Ax-Crazy killers getting along, Being dead in canon.
Summary: The residents and new additions team up to avert a zombie apocalypse... not that it's easy.
- Backto Back Badasses: Zombies!
- Casual Danger Dialog: James and House in the middle of a zombie apocalypse.
- Creepy Physical: As James can tell you "The Still Dead Check"note can turn into a quite an embarrassing experience if you get House. Not that the other option (the Tenth Doctor) sounded much better.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Cast vs. Zombies After they stopped fighting each other at least.
- Don't Try This at Home: Here in the artist comment about gun safety or the lack of thereof. Also here about some fighting moves involving a chainsaw.
- Europeans Are Kinky: At least Tallahassee thinks so. Here.
- Everything's Deader with Zombies: This arc, which to date seems like was just thrown in (more probably it's there to add more plot threads).
- Halloween Episode: The 2011 one.
- Heroic Sacrifice: James. Good thing he is already (canonically) dead.
- I'm Standing Right Here: Well sitting, but you get the idea. James here.
- Kudzu Plot: The invasion was stopped but nothing else was resolved.
- Mexican Standoff: "So, why are we all lined up?"
- Mundane Utility: The stupidest use of a Sonic Screwdriver ever.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: "The Doctors' (and Norrington's) Wacky Adventures through BBC" (Seems like the TARDIS for some reason brought them to all the shows Hugh Laurie was in.)
- Also the cast's big fight with the zombies.
- Orphaned Punchline: First panel of this page.Legolas: And I said being blond has nothing to do with it!
- Plot Armor: James has it!
- Precision F-Strike: Crowley's way to tell people that they should hurry ("Get the F- in!") here.
- Pun-Based Title: (pages 187-188) Reflexes-Checked.
- Snicket Warning Label: The penultimate strip of it notes that those who want it to have an unequivocally happy ending should "cue credits here." The ending is a rapid switch from humorous to heartbreaking. (Warning for Zombieland spoilers!)
- Speed Echoes: Legolas can climb trees FAST!
- We ARE Struggling Together: The team-up with the zombie hunters is everything but smooth.
- Zombie Apocalypse: Looks like one...
Gags and Magic cold
Standalone gagsCharacters: Erik, Javert, Jareth; Éponine, Mrs. Norrington.
Running Gags: National Animosities, Girls being sane/scary, Javert's stress level, Actor Allusion, Being dead in canon.208 - La Seine209 - Younger210 - The Candle Talk
- If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: Female-to-female example, delivered by Mrs. Norrington to Eponine. Ends with a really awesome warning:Mrs. Norrington: ...And if you break his heart, Joan of Arc will look like a child's birthday candle compared to what I do to you. Understand?
New Characters: Groves, Gilette, Jack Sparrow.
- Pirate: James was a pirate for a short time. His past came to visit, see the random chibi Jack Sparrow in the last panel?
Jareth's Cold arcPages 211 - Bundled; 213 - Sneeze, 214 - Swap, 215 - Snarl, 216 - Shoot Me, 217 - Sit, 218 - Self Insert, 219 - Short SightedCharacters: James, Jareth, Javert, Erik, Todd, Sarah, Legolas, Misto.
New Characters: AsheRhyder.
Running Gags: Erik hurting Jareth, Javert being unsympathetic, Girls being sane/scary, Jareth causing mischief, Legolas being freaked out by Todd, Erik's glitterphobia.
Summary: Jareth goes to visit his mother and comes back with a magical cold.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: As Sarah called Jareth out about it:
- Catch Your Death of Cold: Jareth tried very hard to avert this trope (even if from his reaction he was never sick in his life) when he went to visit his mother for the Holidays. Warm clothing and everything. Unfortunately his mother is An Ice Person and an Evil Matriarch so he ended up with a magical cold that also had Power Incontinence as a symptom.
- Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: According to her son Jadis threatens him with "I'll bury you in snow until May" if he doesn't visit her for Christmas, being An Ice Person she is probably literal.
- If I Do Not Return: Jareth in #211, when he goes to visit his mother.
- Inconvenient Summons: Ashe('s Author Avatar) got summoned while eating a (Word of Ashe: Turkey and Swiss) sandwich. (S)he and the whole fandom will insist that this little adventure Absolutely Happened too.
- Not What It Looks Like: Jareth and Sarah again. James got turned into a woman accidentally... and a disturbingly pretty one to boot.
- Power Incontinence: So when Jareth has a cold interesting things can happen. Like:
- "Freaky Friday" Flip
- Little Bit Beastly
- Gender Bender
- Author Avatar - Because the readers demanded it and with this the last bricks of the Fourth Wall are also gone. Here.
- Mistaken Identity - Not a direct result of all the magic running wild but Sweeney mistakes female!Legolas for his daughter. Hilarity Ensues.
- Sick Episode: Yep. And who knew that Jareth makes a ridiculously cute Ill Boy... and that colds can be this dangerous.
Standalone gagsCharacters: Talahassee, Toby, Sarah, Christine, James; Mrs. Norrington, Erlkönig.
Running Gags: Girls being sane/scary, The Magic Family Tree.220 - Hunch221 - Advice
New Character: The Queen of the Night.
- Not So Different: The Erlkönig and the Queen of the Night. "Pot calling the kettle black" joke about the mutual gloating included.
- Your Mom: And you would think ancient and powerful supernatural beings are classier than this, but no. The Erlkönig used the version about daughters against the Queen Of The Night as part of their Passive Aggressive Combat, we can't even blame the guy, as the other basically accused him in flowery language of, well, liking little boysnote .
Such Stuff as Dreams are Made on
Such Stuff as Dreams are Made on (2012 Summer arc)Pages: Extra Such Stuff Countdown 3..., 2...,1..., Such Stuff as Dreams Are Made On - 0 - Cover, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, Extra Cuddlepile
Characters: James (Shadow!James), Jareth (Mortal!Jareth), Javert (Shadow!Javert), Erik (Shadow!Erik), Sarah (Shadow!Sarah), Jadis, Erlkönig, Mr. Saito (Shadow!Saito).
New Characters: "Odile" Fake!Sarah, Shadow Beasts.
Running Gags: People fainting and Javert carrying them, The Magic Family Tree.
Summary: The Erlkönig decided to give his son the gift of mortality. For their misfortune his ex-wife had some things to say about this too. Expect Mind Screw.
- All Just a Dream: But one shared by (at least) part of the cast and one with consequences.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: The end for the main cast and Sarah especially because they are "With Friends Like These..." otherwise.
- Big Damn Heroes: Or Anti Heroes. The main Shadow!cast here. Perfectly in line with Jareth's Pre Asskicking Oneliner.
- The Big Damn Kiss: Motral!Jareth and Fake!Sarah. Because of the spoiler it's a subversion though.
- Blood Magic: The Erlkönig used his own blood to seal his son's magic.
- Book Ends: Begins and ends with the Erlkönig. At the beginning he arrives in an awesome dramatic manner, at the end he checks on his son and the cast one more time (and probably leaves). The imagery also mirrors Labyrinth a lot.
- Break Them by Talking: "Odile" attempted this with Jareth using the "You're trapped, alone. I have power over you. Why don't we make the best of it?" reasoning in Such Stuff as Dreams Are Made On. Doesn't work though.
- Call Back: Jadis to the Dark!Jareth arc wondering what Dark!Jareth will do without a rooftop.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Jareth managed to do this to both of his parents.
- Casual Danger Dialog: "Odile" a lot.
- Cooldown Hug: James attempts to use this on Dark!Jareth (See also: Taking the Bullet).
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Sarah vs. "Odile"
- Deal with the Devil: The Erklönig offers one to Jareth, just to find that he isn't in the mood for games. Also a bit of an inversion as he offered a soul he already claimed for favors. Here.
- Divorce Assets Conflict: The whole arc turned out to be this.
- Dream Within a Dream: Mortal!Jareth's (mostly) Bad Dreams are all these.
- Fairytale Motifs: This arc is full of them. As general classical archetypes (Jareth in shining armor facing a Saito dragon) and specifically Swan Lake allusions (Like a Fake Sarah going with the "Odile" alias).
- Gambit Pileup: Jadis and the Erlkönig play a round of mutual Xanatos Speed Chess over the head of their clueless son in. He won. Sort of.
- Ignored Enemy: "Odile" here before James plays the Only Sane Man.
- "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Used by Shadow!Erik on Mortal!Jareth with some mixed results.
- Ironic Echo: Jareth repeats his father's advice about fighting for the ending he wants when he refuses his deal.
- Kick the Morality Pet: Dark!Jareth goes after Sarah and manages to kill James. Not that it's a good idea. See Berserk Button in Jareth's tropes.
- Let's Dance: "Odile" to Jareth to encourage him to enter the fight. "Come on, oh King of Goblins! Join the dance!"
- Literary Allusion Title: The Tempest
- Lotus-Eater Machine: The Erlkönig created a Dream Land like this for his son (and who knows who else, maybe the whole cast).
- Metafictional Device: The vine border is a lot more than just a flourish indicating "dreams". (Check the Nightmare Fuel page).
- Monster Sob Story: Jareth's again.
- Necktie Leash: Scarf leash but it fits. And the Erik/Jareth shippers rejoiced.
- Nonchalant Dodge: "Odile" does the third type while fighting three opponents and she even combines it with Evil Gloating. Later subverted when her opponents outright tell her that they did not intend to defeat her.
- Post-Modern Magik: In the days of old you communicated with powerful entities through elaborate rituals, nowadays you can have their phone number... labeled completely mundane.
- Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: Sarah to "Odile": "Hi. I'm here to tell you about the dangers of identity theft." *CLANG*
- Revised Ending: Discussed. The Erlkönig tells his son in this dream sequence (amongst other things) that stories can have several different endings (using Swan Lake as an example).
- Roaring Rampage of Rescue: Jareth went on one at the end of the arc to rescue James.
- Taking the Bullet: James' Heroic Sacrifice in in, he protects Sarah... and Jareth from himself.
- This Means War!: As a warning but perfectly straight: Jareth to his mother.
- True Companions: The Erlkönig thinks this is what Jareth won.
- Well, This Is Not That Trope: On the last page Jareth describes his family by listing what it isn't like.Jareth: "Do you know how some families fight and shout and curse each other, but at the end of the day they're still your family and you're with them to the end of the world because you love them and they love you? ... My family isn't like that."
- We Want Our Jerk Back: Shadow!Erik's (and probably the other's) sentiments towards Mortal!Jareth after the appearance of Fake!Sarah. Justified by Jareth falling for this trap would have disastrous consequences and his good side was not at all up to the task.
- Your Soul Is Mine / I Have Your Wife: The Erlkönig took James' soul here and put it into a crystal while his body is in coma or dying to extort favors from Jareth.
Gags and Greet the neighbors / Azi's phone
Standalone gagsRunning Gags: Lampshading Fanservice, Drunk Antics, Javert's Bizarre Taste in Food, James being Covert Pervert, Being dead in canon.264 - Questions 1 and 2265 - Questions 3 and 4266 - Questions 5 and 6
- Continuity Nod: James to the Movie Night and Erik to the Killed For Canon Meeting.
Greet the new neigbors arc / Azi's phone arcPages: 268 - Muffin, 269 - Beep, 270 - Detective, 271 - Mobile, 272 - Toothless, 273 - I.T., 274 - Doctor, 275 - Game, Roommates 276 - Priorities (SPOILERS)277 - BOOM, 278 - Roommates
Characters: James, Jareth, Javert, Erik, Aziraphale, Crowley Death, Support group, Saito.
New Characters: Darcy, Holmes, Jhon, Hiccup, Toothless, Tony Stark, Scotty, Jake Jensen, Lucius Fox, Loki, Thor, Hawkeye, Nyan-cat, Dr. Lecter, Phil Coulson.
Running Gags: Fruit Basket well Muffin Basket, Javert being unsympathetic, Actor Allusion, Being dead in canon.
Summary: While James and Javert greet the new neighbors with Muffin Basket and visit the support group, Erik messes with Azi's lost mobile with the help of his internet buddies, there is also Stuff Blowing Up.
- Accidental Misnaming: For some reason Tony Stark just can't get Jake Jensen's name right.
- Brain Bleach: Jareth and Loki here. They played The Sandman style Battle of Wits game ... seems like Nyan cat beats The Mighty Thor.Jareth: "Look, it was your idea to play The Game, so it's hardly my fault we need Brain Bleach!"
- Call Back: James to the Kids arc (Evil Is Petty and revenge is petty too), also later Jareth to the Copies arc (they still have the copy machine and it won't be wise to let Stark close to it).
- Crash-Into Hello: Azira and Darcy met this way. They both had both hands full of books and not looking.
- Faking the Dead: Jensen is in hiding after his movie.
- For Science!: Erik's reaction (mixed with "What Does This Button Do?") when he got his hands on Aziraphale's mobile. Also the reaction of his Internet buddies, most prominently Tony Stark's... even after blowing up Erik and Jareth's apartment (Here).
- Heart Symbol: In-universe according to Jensen some code segments of the software on Azira's cellphone are formated into hearts.
- Heroic BSOD: Azira a perfectly heroic one, on noticing that his work-phone is missing. Jareth is also close but not too heroic, after Erik and Tony blow up their apartments... as someone is in trouble and for the first time he is perfectly innocent!
- Holographic Terminal: Tony Stark's computer has transparent, floating, multi-touch screens.
- Holy Halo: James is soooooo pure and innocent in his efforts to avert the dreaded Fruit Basket that he got an Anti Gravity ring halo here.
- I'll Take That as a Compliment: When James forced his Roommate to greet the new neighbors with a gift basket... again.Javert: "...we've all been operating under the horrible misconception that you reformed. I shall set the record strait: You are evil incarnate."James: "I shall take that as a compliment."
- Implied Death Threat: Lucius Fox to Tony Stark here. In more depth he implies that Tony shouldn't forget who screens Bruce's technology so he doesn't have to try it out on his teammates.
- Loophole Abuse: James invented the fruit muffin basket to get around the dreaded fruit basket "curse". See also: Overused Running Gag
- No One Should Survive That: Even lampshaded by the rest of the cast when Erik and Tony Stark blew up the apartments and survive comically unharmed (the reason in unknown, maybe luck, maybe heaven doesn't kill accidentally but it isn't above causing property damage).
- Overused Running Gag: Javert thinks that the "Greeting New Neighbors With Fruit Basket" one (and any permutation of it) became one of these and should be abandoned (not that he ever liked it). James on the other hand does his darnedest to succeed in Gag Necromancy. See also: Loophole Abuse
- Patron Saint: Javert tells James to "Go St. George on" the dragon here.
- Precision F-Strike: Crowley when he realizes that something important is missing here "Oh. (Censor Box)".
- Readings Are Off the Scale: Tony Stark about the power levels of Azira's mobile, twice. The second time the Readings Blew Up the Scale.
- Tempting Fate:
- Two Lines, No Waiting: It's alternating between: Plot A - James and Javert greet the new tenants. and Plot B - Erik unwittingly messes with the Balance Between Heaven and Hell.
- Video Phone: Erik apparently keeps in touch with his internet friends through voice/video chat (Word of Ashe that he tends to shut off the camera though). He called them because of his interesting new find (Az's phone).
- Why We Can't Have Nice Things: Hiccup remarks this, when he notices what his pet's playing does to the residents (at least a really bad first impression).
Standalone gagsCharacters:: Erik, Jareth, James, Javert, Erlkönig
Running Gags: Actor Allusion.279 - Guest
New Character: 15ImaginaryRabbit15.
Wild Hunt, Visuals and gags
Wild Hunt arc (2012 Halloween / Christmas arc)Pages: 280 - Invitation, 281 - Exchange, 282 - Payoff, 283 - Riders, 284 - Quarry, 285 - Shadowhunt, 286 - Chase, 287 - Consume, 288 - Drown, 289 - Crumble, 290 - Crush, 291 - Skeptic, 292 - Wish, 293 - Winner, 294 - Gift, 295 - Unplanned
Characters: James, Jareth, Javert, Erik, Elkönig, Sarah, Dresden, Shadow Beasts.
New Characters: Odin, King Arthur, The Shadow Child aka Disbelief.
Running Gags: Jareth causing mischief, Javert's stress level, Uninvited poofing, The Magic Family Tree.
Summary: The Erlkönig names Jareth as the host of The Wild Hunt, that he first refuses, but after some bargaining accepts... and because this is Jareth the whole thing backfires spectacularly. Also Javert meets his long lost uncle again and conquers a power all fictional beings fear.
- Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Javert to The Shadow Child and Jareth.
- Appeal to Tradition: The Erlkönig's answer to Erik's lampshadetastic Wall of Text question, about The Wild Hunt example later, is "It is tradition." here.
- Commonality Connection: Arthur and Jamie seem to get along well through Token Good Teammate / Only Sane Man sympathy.
- Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?: Or in this case "Did We Just Go Hunting With a Trickster God, a Fair Folk Death Avatar and a Legendary King?"
- Enemy Without / Shadow Archetype: Jareth's choice of prey for The Wild Hunt, and he meant the shadow part literally.
- Fear Is the Appropriate Response: Downplayed and Played for Laughs, as they are too powerful to just run but:King Arthur: Is it alright for me to have a bad feeling about this?Erlkönig: I would be more concerned if you did not.
- Halloween Episode: The 2012 one.
- Let Me Get This Straight: Erik summing up the beginning of the arc. See Appeal to Tradition for the (non-)answer he receives.Erik: Excuse me, is there some kind of mystical significance to why a Scandinavian/Germanic death avatar has just appeared in the living room and bargained favors with my 1980's children's fantasy film villain of a flatmate? Because as far as I know, The Wild Hunt never involved goblins, and I really don't think I'll like where this is going.
- Make a Wish: The winner of The Wild Hunt got one wish from one of the traditional participants (and he was Genre Savvy enough to choose the Token Good Teammate not The Trickster God or The Fair Folk). According to Arthur in the old days it was a bag of gold but exchange rates became too much of a hustle when they got international.
- Mind Rape: The Shadow Child's "attacks" are this and push the target right through the Despair Event Horizon headfirst into Heroic BSOD or Angst Coma.
- Passive-Aggressive Kombat: The Erlkönig's explanation about the hunt. See Politeness Judo for his save.
- Politeness Judo:
Erlkönig: Listen to me.Jareth: Get out of my domain!Erlkönig: Hear me out.Jareth: LEAVE!Erlkönig: Please.Jareth: ...5 minutes.
- Jareth said please to make the other cast members attend the hunt.
- And there is this direct example that begins as a pretty standard argument between Jareth and the Erlkönig. but when it escalated:
- Reality Ensues: In this comic of all things. So it seems like the favor and wish based "economy" of the magical people is at least partially justified by the fact that messing with mortal economy (like giving away large quantities of gold) is even more bothersome. Exchange rates, inflation and whatnot.
- Silly Rabbit, Cynicism Is for Losers!: Delivered by Javert of all people, accompanied by an Affectionate Gesture to the Head.The Shadow Child: I don't believe.
- Squick: The forming of The Shadow Child in-universe was "disturbing" according to Javert. The readers missed the motion and probably the more graphic parts so we have to take his word for it but from what we could see he was probably justified.
- Talking the Monster to Death: For a perfectly straight example see The Shadow Child and the earlier Silly Rabbit, Cynicism Is for Losers!.
- The Wild Hunt: Jareth got invited / named as host for it by The Erlkönig he didn't accept without a cost. And he described it as his father's "magical men's club running rampant in the common area", which gives us a glimpse of their power level.
- You're Insane!: The Erlkönig pretty deadpanly (but in barely contained rage) asking his son if what he did is wise.
Standalone pageCharacters: Jareth.296 - Theory of Relativity
- Filler Strips: It is. But gives important world information.
- Bizarre Alien Reproduction: According to this the procreation and family forming ways and habits of the Magical Community are based more on concepts, than "biology".
Visuals mini-arcPages: 297 - Visualization, 298 - Short; 300 - Reversion
Characters: Erik, Javert, Jareth, James, Valjean.
Running Gags: Javert's stress level, Actor Allusion.
Summary: The newest Les Miserables adaptation hits its cast with The Nth Doctor.
- Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Jareth after Javert got a new actor and so visuals including a new haircut.
- Mundane Utility: Valjean The Nth Doctor to reach the top shelf.
- The Nth Doctor: Javert's and Valjean suffered this here. According to this they are also able to switch between their canonical versions at will.
Standalone gagsCharacters: Aziraphale, Crowley; James, Jareth, Javert, Valjean, Erik, "Odile", The Erlking's Daughter, Sarah, Christine.
Running Gags: Actor Allusion, Girls being sane/scary.
299 - Metatron
New Characters: Metatron.301 - Devious Gingers
New Characters: The cast of Devious Gingers.
- Mythology Gag: "Dave, who's still not ginger, but we love him anyway."
- Show Within a Show: Devious Gingers.
- Relationship Upgrade: Now canon for Javert and Valjean.
Whose minions? and gags
Whose minions? arcPages: 305 - Manners, 306 - Ducklings, 307 - Missed, 308 - Lost Word
Characters: Sarah, James, Jareth, Socks.
New Characters:Slump, Pengy and other Goblins.
Summary: Fae being posessive... mostly Jareth takes kind of hard that his minions listen to his friends.
- Machiavelli Was Wrong: Jareth's rule, however misguidedly well-meaning it is, mostly based on birthright, power and fear... but his minions also follow his friends, who basically just ask nicely and say please.
- Politeness Judo: James shows that it also works on goblins.
Standalone gagsCharacters: Javert, Sherlock, James, Eponine, Jareth, Erik, Elkönig.309 - Astronomy
- Analogy Backfire: Did you know that a Falling star was never an actual Star? Which was a metaphor used in most of Javert's canonical songs.
- April Fools' Day: 2013 April 1th. James shows he is still The Gadfly.
- Commonality Connection: Javert and Sherlock over their shared hatred astronomy.
- Tropes For Dummies: "Wiki's Astronomy for Beginners"
- Foreshadowing: Read the poem after the setup of Kings War and tell us it isn't.
- Grand Romantic Gesture: James courting by quoting the 29th sonnet by Shakespeare.
- Meaningful Background Event: The first time the "Scribble Person" was spotted.
- Ninja Prop / Breaking the Fourth Wall: James fixes the dialog icons. By climbing up one panel and drawing it in the speechbubble.
New Characters: The Sender Man, Sadako, Pitch.
Spring Break, Love Never...
Spring Break arc (2013 Spring arc)Also known as the Third Vacation arc.
Pages: 313 - Planning Stages, 314 - A Taste of Things To Come, 315 - Lemon, 316 - Snapshots, 317 - Gird, 318 - Masquerade, 319 - Damocles.
Characters: Erik, Tony, Javert, James, Jareth, Valjean.
New Characters: Arthur Shapey, Douglas Richardson, Carolyn Knapp-Shapey, Martin Crieff so the people of MJN Air, "The Scribble Person".
Running Gags: Girls being sane/scary, Jareth causing mischief (or not causing in this case), Actor Allusion.
Summary: Thanks to Tony's advice and the wonders of modern marketing Erik buys tickets to Italy.
- Advice Backfire: All this happened thanks to Tony's advice.
- Cool Shades: Jareth got a pair for the occasion.
- Some readers pointed out that it makes him look like Vash at times.
- Costume Porn: Their Masquerade Ball costumes definitely qualify.Imaginary-Shadow: ...any particular inspirations for the costumes??
- Establishing Team Shot: The last panel of Grid for their costumed badassitude. Accompanied by Erik's one liner: "Let's rock this town."
- Good Times Montage: Snapshots. They in-universe look through their travel photographs taken till that point.
- Impossibly Tacky Clothes: Also in Grid. Jareth gets called out on his Villainous Fashion Sense by James. Waaaaaay too many Spikes of Villainy and Shoulders of Doom. He *poofs* it away and feigns ignorance in the next panel.
- Invisible to Normals: ??? in Masquerade. Only Jareth sees him/her (didn't go near to Javert).
- Lipstick and Load Montage: Gird. Masquerade Balls are serious business for at least half of the cast.
- Masquerade Ball: Yes. They go to one in Italy.
- My Significance Sense Is Tingling: Jareth on A Taste of Things To Come "I feel like we are set up for a joke..."
- Tempting Fate:
- On A Taste of Things To Come Erik tempted it, Javert lampshaded it, Jareth's significance sense tingled, James resigned to it, and Javert lampshaded it again.
- On Damocles Erik and Jareth tempted it everybody reacted with dread (even them after they noticed what they said).
- To date it's Subverted, though, but everybody including the characters can see the brick shaped shadow on the horizon.
Love Never...Pages: 320 - Burn, 321 - All-Win, 322 -Good Intentions, 323 - Scapegoat, 324 - Apologize, 325 - For Jack Frost, 326 - Quis Custodiet, 327 - Ipsos Custodes, 328 - Temet Nosce
Characters: Erik, Javert, James, Jareth, Sarah, Christine, The Erlking's Daughter, Tracy.
New Characters: Jack Frost, the Sandman
Running Gags: Erik hurting Jareth, Jareth causing mischief (as he still isn't), Girls being sane/scary, Jareth tries to help
Summary: The Drama department announces this years musical production. It's Love Never Dies.
- Death Glare: Erik to Jareth when he dares to ask what the problem is.
- Exact Words:Erik: ... I have no intention of disrupting their little... show.note
- Insult Backfire: What could that young boy know about loneliness? A whole lot.
- Literary Allusion Title / Altum Videtur / Pun-Based Title: #326-#327 -> Quis Custodiet-Ipsos Custodes(?) -> Who guards the guardians(?). Guess which movie's characters debut in this arc!
- Piano Drop: Snarked about. Wasting a good piano is not Erik's style.
- School Play: The main conflict.
- WTH, Casting Agency?: In Universe! They casted the personification of fun, who also looks like a teenager Jack Frost to play the brooding anti-hero/villain, who finds his ten years old son Erik.
- Xanatos Gambit: Christine, of all people, pulls one by deciding to avoid the whole Love Never Dies mess altogether. Either it will blow over without her having to deal with it, or Erik will do what he does best and wreak terrible vengeance on the drama department. "Either way, I have to win."
Pages: Der Erlkonig 1, Der Erlkönig 2, Der Erlkönig 3
Characters: The Erlkönig, The Erlking's daughter.
New Characters: A Father with his son, Goethe.
Summary: This comic's take on The Erl-King.
- Blood from the Mouth: The littel boy in his death scene.
- Bloodier and Gorier: Not with much but manages to have two bloody tropes when the original had none.
- Chase Scene: A really intense one.
- Changeling Tale: Subverted. The fae doesn't seem to want to hurt the boy in this version, but he still dies thanks to them.
- Compressed Adaptation: It leaves out parts of the poem. More specifically the poem goes three rounds with the child being not believed, which this adaptation compresses to one by taking parts from all three.
- Downer Ending: The child dies. Also one of the bloodier renditions.
- Metafiction: Well, the original blurred the boundaries of reality and fantasy by Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane, here the story is clearly magical, but...In the middle, at the "Ich liebe dich" part, the King seems to realize that something is very wrong, but still completes the story till the Downer Ending, while juxtaposed by Goethe writing the ballad. Which leads to very interesting Fridge Logic questions as it almost, but not quite, implies Noticing The Fourth Wall.The biggest question from a longer comment by Dantemew: But now I wonder, did this truly happen to the Erlkoenig and Goethe heard about it (and wrote it down)? Or did this happen to the Erlkoenkig because Goethe wrote it?
- Invisible to Adults: The father doesn't see the fairy creatures at all.
- Spared By Adaptation: Averted. Most adaptations of the Erl-king that ditch the original's Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane approach to focus on the mystical tend to downplay the Downer Ending (like the child is stolen either in body or his soul but lives on), this one plays it painfully (and bloodily) straight.
- These Hands Have Killed: The Erlkönig in his last panel stares in disbelief at the blood on his hands
Kings War arcAlso known as THE BIG EVENT of 2013. No kidding. It got two trailers! And then a health related hiatus struck. But as things stand this will be also the big event of 2014 (pagecount: 107 plus extras).
Pages: Roommates - Kings War - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58. 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107 - END.
Characters: Schmendrick, Jareth, Erlkönig, "The Scribble Person" aka Story, Sarah, Toby, Legolas, James, Javert, Erik, Eponine, Death (of the Endless), Morgan, Odin, Jadis, Mrs. Norrington, The Wizard, The Shadow Beasts, The Shadow Child aka Disbelief, Socks, Goblins and other assorted denizens of the Labyrinth.
New Characters: The Goblin King, Thranduil, Despair, Desire, Dream, Delirium, Destiny, Anansi, Glinda, Sun Wukong, Isis, Baba Yaga, Prospero and Ariel, Oberon and Titania, The Wolves, The Ozian army, Ozma, The Sea.
Running Gags: Girls being sane/scary, This Means War!, Jareth causing mischief, Javert's stress level, Uninvited poofing, Instant Cosplay Surprise, Eponine pouncing her boyfriend, The Magic Family Tree, Being dead in canon.
Summary: An accident involving a magic sword and an easily startled six year old has dire consequences.
- Adaptation Decay: Discussed and also lampshaded that this can very easily turn into the meta equivalent of Reality Warping Is Not a Toy here by the Shadow Child. And poor Glinda has an exceptionally bad luck with adaptations.
- After-Action Healing Drama: Over Jareth's accident. Did we mention that he is a ridiculously cute Ill Boy? And that he was the closest thing to The Medic around?
- Almost Kiss: Sarah and the Goblin Regent. They both got very embarassed. Was it a joke or Foreshadowing? Only time will tell.
- Amazon Brigade: Glinda's offensive force.
- Appeal to Consequences:Jareth: "...that we rush the selection of a regent for a magical land ... After all, the regent will be in all ways as the King... However temporarily."
- Appeal to Flattery:Jareth: "Surely someone as venerable and wise as the great Glinda, the Good is not advocating that..."
- Arc Words: Good. In connection also Hero, Villain and King. (Possibly also Story and Blood.)
- Bad Future: What the two see in the Held Gaze. Both would turn out Knight Templar conquerors with blood on their hands if one of them kills the other.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Literally what you can read in the scribbles when Socks makes his pact
- Bittersweet Ending: They won the war... it came with a great price.
- Burial at Sea: The Champion gets an awesome one. Subverted as it's revealed that the kid is only canonically dead... still can't stay in the comic but better than being dead.
- The Big Damn Kiss: Erik/Mag on page 22.
- Canon Welding: The History of the Goblin Monarchy page basically forges direct connection between The Hobbit, Norse / Germanic folklore (and by extension The Dresden Files) and Labyrinth.
- Changeling Tale: Erik's theory about Sock's sudden change of appearence is that the kid must be a changeling and broke the spell that made him a goblin by willpower. This is partially correct at best.
- Costume Porn: The whole arc is full with very elaborate and cool outfits.
- Could Have Avoided This Plot: The Conclave could stop this conflict any time, but it didn't because the rules permit the questioning their judgment (if you can prove them wrong), and also to see if the Unexpected Successor is really up to the task.
- Cryptic Conversation: Jareth warning James to not listen to the story can be read at least as a warning against the corrupting influence of Power, and a call to Screw Destiny, or maybe it was more literal.
- Deal with the Devil: Socks makes a pact with Story for a story and a chance to be a hero and help the Goblin Regent... Thing is calling the guy not trustworthy is like saying water is slightly wet.
- Disbelief also offers his help to Javert. Let's just say this spanned a new entry on NightmareFuel.Roommates
- Death Glare: Glinda in the last panel of page 14.
- Defeat Means Respect: Well, as much as beating the scary relative makes him support your ship. A ship you aren't even sure you want. Way to go Sarah.
- Slightly more obvious in the Hungarian translation as this is the point where he switches from formal to informal speech when addressing the girl.
- Directionless Driver: The boys trying to navigate the Labyrinth. Erik even made a map... not that it helped.
- Dope Slap: Anansi to Sun Wukong.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: The exchange that leads up to the It May Help You on Your Quest trope example sounds suspiciously like something right before The Talk.
- Dramatic Irony: Going to war with an evil, greedy and glory seeking villain, who unbeknown to you tries to save even your army from the death and destruction this choice of yours would cause. Nice work Glinda.
- Evil Is Easy: Many characters face temptation of this kind.
- Jareth: Make Sarah regent and thanks to the power of the Fisher Kingdom bind her to it, making her yours aginst her will and wishes. He didn't do it.
- James: Use the power of Leviathan to destroy Glinda's army, and with this corrupt and break children's dreams and wishes. Also becoming the very thing they accused him to be. He didn't do it either.
- Javert: Take Disbelief's offer and Mind Rape the attackers into submission... with similar results to James' bad option. He trusted his friend enough to not do it.
- Erik: Take the Wizards offer to bring peace and restore your face. This is definetelly not betraying your friends, they will never ask for that of course. He played them to the Regent's advantage.
- Fisher King: The kings of the magical people are conneted to their lands and people this way according to the Info Dump. How much the Goblins a form Terminally Dependent Society is open though, as it's imlied that the existence of a king is more important than his actual person.
- For Your Own Good: Glinda's excuse to why she went to war without even talking about it with Ozma. She reacted: "No. It was your decision. I hope you can live with it."
- A Friend in Need: Erik and Javert volunteer helping out James because:Javert: We've done more foolish things in the name of friendship.
- Full-Contact Magic: The short magic battle between James and Glinda.
- Geographic Flexibility: New ruler and someone attacking? Sea from nowhere!
- Ghibli Hills: Lord King has an uncomplicated Dream Land like this.
- Godzilla Threshold: The Goblin Regent hits this after the death of Socks and promptly does a Summon Bigger Fish move. Then he enters full on Heroic BSOD.
- Good Versus Good: Centered around the Sliding Scale of Unavoidable vs. Unforgivable it's the Goblin Regent (who believes in redemption, the good in people, and that every person's life matters) versus Glinda (who is a Knight Templar, and deeply believes in The Needsof The Many). Oddly despite standing here on the unforgivable side the Regent comes from the greyer and more cynical story... he even lampshades that this is the very reason why he understands the gravity of the situation better, and doesn't want to taint another tale with the blood on his hands.
- Great Big Book of Everything: Well, everything magical that is. Fruit of Erik's relentless efforts to analyze the shit out of magic. He also made an ebook version.
- Great Offscreen War: As most of the actual war is shown from Socks point of view it comes off as this. We get an occasional montage but nothing concrete enough to put together more than Glinda was winning.
- Held Gaze: Pages 95-97 where Glinda and Goblin Regent engage in a supernatural version, while we get a narration about the "story behind the sea-glass stare". Continued in Not So Different.
- Heroic BSOD: The goblin regent after the thing about the Nobody Can Die trope example sinks in.
- I Know You Know I Know: Anansi very much. Even in "he knows that we know..." variation.
- Info Dump: The 1th and 2nd page about magical kings and the history of the Goblin Monarchy.
- It May Help You on Your Quest: Mrs Norrington hands a nail to Eponine with such words. Then she quickly lampshades that it's Cold Iron.
- Kraken and Leviathan: The Leviathan. You literally don't have many options for a bigger fish. Here it actually looks like a giant sea snake/dragon.
- The Lancer: Discussed by Story as the reason why Jareth's regent can't be The Hero. It's literally written on his/her face while talking about it.
- Last Chance to Quit: The Goblin Regent gives one for the opposing commander, because Good needs to give Good a chance, doing otherwise would be unforgivable for him.
- Magic Dance: Magic tango to summon a storm. Yes. Being goblin ruler comes with dancing around.
- Nobody Can Die: So painfully subverted. For the shock and horror of both the Ozian soldiers, the Goblin Regent and the readers. Thanks Story!
- Non-Lethal Warfare: The Goblin Regent explicitly aimed for not killing anybody. Not even members of the attacking Red Shirt Army. For Erik's great dismay. Probably related to his own experiences with war and fighting. Until he hit the Godzilla Threshold
- Not So Different: What Glinda realizes at the end of the Held Gaze... that the story about the possible future in her eyes is the same as the Goblin Regent's.
- Painful Transformation: Socks' transformation judging by his screem being audible at least in the whole castle if not the whole Labyrinth.
- Passing the Torch: Apparently the title of the Goblin King, and the whole magical kingdom with it got to Jareth this way.He (the previous king) passed the crown to his son as soon as the boy (Jareth) was at age,"Commenter: Passing on the crown Erlkönig style was probably around the lines of mailing the kid (Jareth) the crown, with a Birthday card and no explanation.Ashe: And thus Jareth remains especially suspicious of packages appearing on the table with his name on them.
- Pass the Popcorn: Anansi when Jareth begins the Conclave.
- Pietŕ Plagiarism: The Goblin Regent with Socks' body in his arms on page 75.
- Put on a Bus: Socks bordering on Killed Off for Real. He is only canonically dead but has to move to a different place because this comic is his canon.
- Royal Blood: Referenced as one way blood can exalt a King.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Story encourages this behavior in his new chosen. Because as (s)he put it:"Who became a hero by 'just following orders'?"
- Smooch of Victory: Éponine and James.
- Someone's Touching My Butt: James didn't say it, but from his face he wanted to, and the someone was Anansi. And the Yaoi Fangirls squeed.
- Straight for the Commander: After deciding to not use their Godzilla, our heroes go for this solution.
- Stating the Simple Solution: Javert asks if he has to do this after Leviathan is summoned. The Goblin Regent says no, and points out an obvious problem with the simple solution.
- Succession Crisis: Jareth aims to subvert this, or at least to not delay it after his death when he'll have no say in the person of his successor, so he makes his father call together a Conclave. Turns out the Underground is a pretty sought after property, as the attending nobility range from Anansi to freaking Odin. Also fails as some "loser" questions his judgement.
- This Means War!: After a failed attempt at diplomacyGoblin Regent James: Ultima Ratio Regum.
- Transformation Is a Free Action: The series normally plays this straight (because the chatacters have Stage etiquette) but Mrs. N subverts it by goosing Lord King in the middle of it.
- Transformation Sequence: James got two. One after he received the Goblin Regent title, and one when he found his Heroic Resolve.
- Unexpected Successor: Anansi expected one of these badlly enough to ask the main cast about, well, the Dark Horse as he put it.
- Verbal Judo: Sarah vs. Erlkönig over Toby. Sarah won.
- Victory Through Intimidation: The Goblin Regent won through the shared Not So Different realization and having the enemy commander at swordpoint. Glinda took her Last Chance to Quit.
- Walk and Talk: The Scribble Person and Socks for some exposition and a Deal with the Devil.
- Weapon of X-Slaying: Orcrist the Goblin Cleaver is especially effective against goblins. It made "slaying" (or at leas seriously wounding) the Nigh Invulnerabe Jareth a literal child's play. Even Toby could do it.
- Windows of the Soul: Many times. There is even a panel when someone gets text in their eyes. But the biggest example is the Held Gaze example earlier.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: The Champion to the Regent on the last pages. A bit more heartbreaking than warming as his only point of reference was his birth father.
- You Called Me X, It Must Be Serious: When the Heroic BSOD Goblin Regent calls Erik the Phantom.
- You Kill It, You Bought It: Well, the other way blood can exalt a King.
Standalone pages, Devious Gingers
436 - Lost
- Memento MacGuffin: Socks' hat becomes this here.
- Silence Is Golden: James brings the bad news to Jareth without a word.
Devious Gingers mini-arcPages: 437 TV Therapy, 438 - Devious Gingers Pt1, 439 - Devious Gingers Pt2, 440 - Devious Gingers Pt3, 441 - Devious Gingers Pt4, 442 - Devious Gingers Pt5, 443 - Tuck
Characters: James, Erik, Dave, Cathy, Tommy, Benny, AsheRhyder, Judi Dench, Javert, Story.
Summary: After the last arc's drama, James curls up to watch TV.
- Addiction Displacement: James watches Devious Gingers instead of Drowning His Sorrows.
- Corner of Woe: Benny at the end. Why? See Memetic Mutation.
- Fan Convention: Where the Gingers (and Dave) go.
- Friendship Moment: The Stinger for the miniarc where the main cast tucks in James, who has fallen asleep watching the show. Then Story shows up all curly fonted.
- Cosplay: Cathy (Black Widow), Dave (Hawkeye), Art (Spartacus) etc.
- Easily Overheard Conversation: "Did someone mention convention?"
- Memetic Mutation: In-universe for the show. Benny's "The Knights Who Say Squee" reacion over Dame Judi Dench goes memetic. Tommy has all the YouTube links, and the video, and the reactions from Tumblr.
- "Open!" Says Me: Kat kicks the door in after Benny mentions Convention.
- Performance Anxiety: Benny's big problem until Tommy's motivational speech.
- Something Completely Different / Breather Episode / Nested Story: Scenes from James favorite show as he is recovering.
- This Is a Work of Fiction: from The Rant of every Devious Gingers page: "Any resemblance to actual living persons is for the purpose of gentle, loving parody."
Stuff not counted in the main series:
Story: Standalone gags about the two characters sitting in a bar. The last mentions moving together.What Does He Have...?OldA Cute ComicWrong Movie
- Brown Note: Dario Argento's adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera. You Have Been Warned. Also look at the comment section and count all the baited schmucks.
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick / Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: "...drugs, girls, girls on drugs, girls you thought were girls while you were on drugs but who turned out not to be..."
- Drowning My Sorrows: Valentine's Day is hard on a pair of romantic villains...
Characters: Erik, Jareth.
Published between the Pirates of the Caribbean Spoilers and 100 Years War mini-arc.Halloween 07 Roommates Special
- Halloween Cosplay: 2007. Jareth&Erik as James&Javert.
- Metafictional Device: According to this Censor Boxes are actual things the characters can interact with.
- Guilt By Association Gag: Poor James as a Funny Background Event.
- My New Gift Is Lame: Unfortunately, all of them got the very same lame thing. Santa Claus must have something against them. Subverted with Javert, who is quite happy to receive a hefty lump of coal in the middle of winter, considering today's rising energy costs.
Characters: Javert, James.
Published in the middle of the karaoke arc.Roommates - Happy Anniversary
Characters: Javert, James, Jareth, Erik, Aziraphale, Crowley, Sarah, Christine, Legolas, Todd.[Roommates: Crowley and Azira (Cover)
Characters: Aziraphale, Crowley.
Published around the end of the First Vacation arc.Roommates: Legolas and Sweeney (Cover)
Characters: Legolas and Sweeney.
Published in the middle of the New Hire arc.Halloween 2009
Characters: Erik, Jareth, James, Javert.
Published before the 3rd Sketch - Clean-Up.
- Halloween Cosplay: 2009. The main cast as classic monsters.
Characters: DEATH, Misto.
Published at the end of the Killed for Canon Meeting arc.Roommates: Rule Britannia (Cover)
Characters: Jareth, James.
Published at the end of the Second Vacation arc.Roommates - Mist and Madness (Cover)
Characters: Erlkönig, The Erlking's daughter.
Published in the middle of the Dark!Jareth arc.Roommates: Femme Fatale (Cover)
Characters: Christine, Sarah.
Published in the middle of the Zombies arc.Commodore Catastrophe Card Characters: James.
Published afer the Zombies arc. Club card for the Oh, No! James! club, or in other words the fanclub of the resident woobie.Holiday Special 2011 - Mistletoe Mischief
Characters: James, Éponine, Javert, Valjean, Aziraphale, Crowley, Erik, Mag, Mr. King, Mrs. Norrington, Jareth, Sarah.
Published in the middle of the Jareth's cold arc.
- Under The Mistletoe: It also demonstrates that Mrs.N. interprets kissing rather loosely. Being Covert Pervert runs in the family.
Characters: Talahassee, Toby.Extra for #220 Hunch.Roommates: Twilight Waltz (Cover)
Characters: Mr. King, Mrs. Norrington.
Published after Such Stuff....
- The Shadow Knows: Mr. Kings glamour isn't perfect.
Characters: Jareth, Javert, James, Erik.
New Characters: Slender Man
Published in the middle of the Greet the neighbors arc.
- Jump Scare: Keep Watching. It's animated.
Characters: Mr. King.
Published in the middle of the Wild Hunt arc.Halloween 2013
Characters: Jareth, Javert, James, Erik.Snow Day
Characters: Jareth, Javert, James, Erik, Éponine, Legolas, Captain America.
- Corpsing: What Jareth seems to do... well, besides floating.
- Funny Background Event: Legolas and Captain America shield surfing.
- Homemade Sweater From Hell: Well, they are actually not that terrible... but Javert still refuses to wear his. Not that it helps and seems to be his lesser problem any minute now.
Characters: Aziraphael, Crowley.Roommates S2 - Pie
Characters: Legolas, Todd.Roommates S3 - Clean-Up
Characters: Erik, Jareth, James, Javert.Roommates S4 - Butcher Job
Characters: James, Javert.
- Brown Bag Mask: Javert after a shaving accident here. Not only Jareth is guilty in the sin of vanity.
Characters: Erik, Jareth, James, Javert.