Web Comic: Hero Oh Hero

Hero Oh Hero is a Pixel Art webcomic created by Guido "Neorice" Bos which is a reboot of A Path To Greater Good.

It follows a plot, similar to its predecessor, with three separate characters with their own non-intersecting Plot Threads, set in a fantasy world and updates on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (with the occasional week of daily updates).

The protagonists are:

  • Burk: A wandering quixotic Wild Man who literally falls from the sky into a village being troubled by bandits (at roughly the same time an aloof Aristocrat shows up with a trinket which points to...something).
  • Noah: An aloof young man who lives in the city of Gloria in The Empire, where magic is strictly controlled...and he seems to be developing strange powers.
  • Tobi: A Gadgeteer Genius who lives in the Hungry Desert based town of Rauel and is setting off on just another Dungeon Crawl for resources.

In addition there's a one-shot story, set in the same universe, which fills in some of the setting's details and can be found on Neorice's deviantArt account here.

This webcomic contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Accidental Pervert: When Burk shows up at Norman's house again (only wearing his boxers), his sister answers the door. She's unfazed, but not entirely comfortable with it.
  • All There in the Manual:
  • Arrested for Heroism: Subverted - It's illegal to be a hero without a licence, but when Burk admits he hasn't got one (and doesn't care) to Logan, the hero agrees with the sentiment.
  • Badass Cape: Burk wears one (and uses it as a parachute when he falls from the sky). He loses it when it becomes "a casualty of war" in his quest to find a restroom.
  • Badass Normal: Burk.
  • Benevolent Architecture: The dungeons the Rauelians raid contain features which makes traversing them much easier (such as "class change orbs").
  • Blinding Bangs: Burk's fringe casts his eyes in shadow.
    • However, he puts on a headband to keep his hair out of his eyes when he gets serious.
  • Book Snap: Logan is introduced holding a book after having casually defeated Daryl in a duel. When he finally loses his temper with Burk and drops his stoic demeanour, he slams it shut.
  • Brick Joke: Early on, the Aristocrat mentions he sent out letters asking if anyone knew anything about his amulet. Over a hundred strips later the town's local hero asks if Burk was the one who sent the letter.
  • Calling Your Attacks:
  • Cast of Snowflakes: The author/artist has 150 characters already sprited, each with their own design (including a unique face, masked/helmeted characters aside). Depending on how many are important, this could also count as Loads and Loads of Characters.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Several;
    • The old man who the bandits initially capture, along with his granddaughter, Melany (that is to say they captured her with them; she's much more level-headed) is a textbook example from his first appearance.
    • The (as yet unnamed) Aristocrat also qualifies; his plan to learn more about an amulet was to send a letter to everyone in town asking about it. Including bandits who'll want to rob him.
    • Burk is very much one (from asking to use the bathroom as a reward for a quest to claiming his missing cape was "casualty of war" after doing so).
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: When Grandpa first sees the bandits, he assumes they're lawmen, despite them looking nothing like it. Later we find out they're former members of the Town Guard.
  • Comically Small Demand:
    • Burk agrees to look into Resthill's bandit problem in exchange for being able to use a toilet. Mainly because he'd have done it for nothing, but really needed to go.
    • Subverted by the Aristocrat, who asks for a tailor to repair his clothes, whatever it turns out his medal points at and a lifelike statue of him built in the middle of the town.
  • Continuity Reboot: Of A Path To Greater Good.
  • Corrupt Cop: The bandit leader is revealed to be the ex-captain of the guard.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Melany has blue hair and eyes.
  • The Dandy: The aristocrat cares enough about his appearance to ask that his clothes be repaired and addresses a crowd as "Ladies and Gentlemen... and Ladies.".
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Burk tries (and fails) to invoke this with Piggy.
  • Dungeon Crawling: Rauel gets most of its resources this way. Tobi's chapter begins with her setting out on such an expedition.
  • The Empire: It's called exactly this. The morning radio broadcasts blare out propaganda and magic users are pressed into service.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Even the rest of the bandits are creeped out by Gary.
  • Exposition Diagram:
    • Noah's first chapter has a Royal Guard provide them by using his training to rapidly draw them on a chalkboard, as he serves as Mr. Exposition.
    • Tobi's first chapter is full of every kind, from the In-Universe puppet show in the first few strips, maps which appear in the background when the characters are discussing local geography and numbers indicating the ranks of dungeons Tobi's team have cleared. Menus that characters are viewing also appear in front of them for the audience's benefit (other characters can't see them).
  • Eye Colour Change: In Tobi's chapter, someone looking at a menu has their eyes shift to the colour of the menu.
  • The Faceless: The bandits' bosses have their faces hidden by their armour.
  • Failed a Spot Check:
    • The bandits (who are looking for an aristocrat) question a woman and her grandfather who have nothing but a rickety old cart, but completely ignore the man walking by in expensive clothes.
    • Nail, Noah and Aude miss a (rather large) elf who's standing on a roof behind them. Lampshaded by Nail.
  • False Reassurance: Tobi assures her Grandpa that she doesn't think he's an old relic.
  • Fantastic Racism: The people of the Empire are instilled with a strong hatred of magic users, especially elves. To the point where a room full of high school students (mostly) don't bat an eye when one's shot dead in front of them.
  • Fantastic Slur: The "elves" are humans who are called that because of their resemblance to mythical elves.
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: July tries to invoke this on Noah by offering to nurse him back to health. When he turns her down, she offers to watch him sleep instead.
  • Foil:
  • Four Lines, All Waiting: Each of the three characters has their own, independent plotline. Each chapter focuses on one of them and the next chapter shifts focus.
  • Full Boar Action: The bandit leaders ride acid spitting boars. They're less impressive when defeated.
  • Gasshole: Liberty at last!
  • Glamour Failure: When Noah's powers begin to manifest his reflection in the mirror turns green.
  • Glory Seeker: The Aristocrat might be brave enough to take on the bandits (albeit after he's let the bandit's mount run rampant and put the rest of the town in danger to give himself a tactical advantage), but he's pretty quick to demand that they build him a statue after the fact (and gets irritated when it's pointed out that Burk's still fighting said mount).
  • Goofy Print Underwear: When Burk loses his pants (somehow), his underwear has white-on-red polka-dots.
  • Good Morning, Crono: Tobi's first chapter begins with her napping at the Oasis, before being woken up by Jake.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: Burk and The Aristocrat both fight with their bare hands.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: In the opening of the second chapter, a pair of crooks end up attacking a magic user. The camera pans up to a couple of mysterious figures commenting on the situation and we only get their summaries of what's happening to them.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: Burk defeats the second of the two bandit leaders by throwing the former town guard captain at him.
  • He Had a Name: The second of the two bandit leaders last words after being stabbed by the former Captain of the guard are;
    "I-I'm... Phil.
  • Horse of a Different Color/Cool Horse: The boars the bandits ride on; they can even spit acid.
  • Humble Goal: Burk's quests so far have consisted of finding a toilet and acquiring a giant pig for a mount (or getting the pig he found to grow giant again).
  • Humble Hero: Burk is one (he seems pretty content to deal with the town's bandit problem for the sake of a good deed), in direct contrast to the Aristocrat.
  • I Gave My Word: At the end of the first chapter, Logan reveals that Burk has used the request he was given for defeating him to ask that he defend the village in a more proactive manner. He swears both revenge and that he'll stick to it.
  • I Have the High Ground:
    • Burk watches the real bandits (who he's agreed to defeat) enter the town from a vantage point on a roof.
    • In the second chapter's prologue, a pair of hooded figures watch the events unfold from a similar position.
  • Insistent Terminology: Al insists that it's not just the Subway, it's the Super Awesome Subway.
  • Indy Ploy: The Aristocrat shows why they might not always be the best of ideas.
  • It's Raining Men: The first chapter is called "The Man Who Fell From The Sky". Burk's introduced when he does just that.
  • Jade Coloured Glasses: Norman's sister could give Daria a run for her money.
  • Leeroy Jenkins:
    • Burk typically deals with threats by rushing straight into them, although he's tough enough that he can afford to (and, ironically, tends to fight by dodging).
    • Aude ends up being one when she attacks an elf who was happy to let her, Nail and Noah leave, since they weren't soldiers.
  • Little "No": Burk's quite fond of taunting with "nope" when he's dodging attacks.
  • Magic Compass: The aristocrat's medal points towards something when it's held by the end of its chain. That something appears to be Burk, or something he's carrying.
  • Mathematician's Answer: Burk's quite fond of giving these. For example, how did he get past The Hero's secretary?
    "On foot."
  • Man Bites Man: Or rather Ax-Crazy schoolgirl bites elf's ear off.
  • Morning Routine: Noah's chapter begins with him waking up and getting ready for school.
  • Mugging the Monster: The first Noah chapter opens with a group of thugs attacking a young girl and her friend (who promptly flees). She ends up defending herself with magic.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: When a royal guard shows up to explain things to Noah's class, he dramatically pauses before saying he'll draw on a chalkboard. Judging by the classes' reactions, it worked.
    "I shall educate you adolescents...with this chalk!"
  • Mutant Draft Board: The beginning of the second chapter implies that magic users (or at least illegal magic users) are drafted into service for The Empire.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • "Bandit Punch" was the name of The Bandit's main attack in A Path to Greater Good. In Hero Oh Hero, The Aristocrat yells "Bandit Punch!" the first time he punches someone . . . because he's punching a bandit.
    • Chapters 1 and 2 each start out like the beginnings of their arcs in A Path to Greater Good, but then go in different directions:
      • Chapter 1 begins with Melany and her Grandpa being accosted by bandits in the woods. In APTGG, Burk showed up and saved them. In HOH, the bandit boss lets them go because they're not who he's looking for.
      • Chapter 2 begins with the criminal Sharkface Sam cornering a young blonde woman on the street. In APTGG, he kills her. In HOH, she blasts him with her magic.
      • Chapter 3 of APTGG begins with Tobi asking her grandfather to let her off guard duty so she can concentrate on inventing. HOH's third chapter sees her falling asleep on a guard post while trying to invent, before enthusiastically setting off on a Dungeon Crawl (after discovering her grandfather's too distracted to stop her).
  • No, Except Yes: The girl from class C wasn't arrested; just conscripted into the VEDA project for using magic illegally!
  • No, I Am Behind You: Ciel does this to Noah when they first meet. Apparently just because she can.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • How Burk lost his pants while "Piggy" was chasing him off screen.
    • How Burk defeated the second boar (it apparently involved a wheelbarrow and a shovel, the former of which the town is now short of).
  • No Sell: The Aristocrat's attempt to fight off one of the bandit leaders doesn't go as well as it did with his subordinates.
  • Not So Stoic: After over 200 strips of non-nonchalantly dodging attacks, Burk finally has to put effort into avoiding something in 202.
  • Our Elves Are Better: On two levels; the HOH universe has at least one magic using race of humans called elves...apparently as an insult because they resembled elves that already "existed" in the Empire's mythologies.
  • Pixel Art Comic: A rare example of one which uses completely original pixel art.
  • Plot Threads: As with its predecessor, there will be three separate ones. Each following a different protagonist.
  • RPG Mechanics Verse: Hinted at in Burk's chapter and TOM RPG (which both referenced a ranking system), and played completely straight in Tobi's chapter (complete with dungeon crawls, class changes, stat menus and rankings).
  • School Uniforms Are the New Black: The students in Noah's chapters all wear their uniforms, even when they're not attending. The same appears to be true of other schools in Gloria, too.
  • Screw You, Elves!: The Empire is currently at war with the elves. Their local propaganda is apparently effective enough that they're Not Even Human as far as its citizens are concerned.
  • Stylistic Suck: Burk's drawings are deliberately crude MS Paint style scribbles.
  • This Was His True Form: When Burk defeats one of the bandits' mounts it turns into a normal pig.
  • Title Drop: The gates outside the hero's house have the initials "HOH" on them in a similar font to the title of the comic.
  • Too Much Information: Noah's not impressed when one of his classmates starts describing his dreams.
    "STOP! And never speak of this again."
  • Twinkle in the Eye: Burk has these quite frequently. Usually when he's motivated to do something.
  • Unsound Effect: Bandit Punch!
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: The farmer outside the town, who just ignores Burk as he walks in wearing a cape over his head (and later walks back wearing nothing but his underwear and a pig strapped to his back.
  • Upper-Class Twit: The Aristocrat (see cloudcuckoolander above).
  • Vanishing Village: The dungeons in Tobi's chapter appear at random and disappear after 24 hours. Raiding them is apparently Rauel's main resource.
  • Versus Character Splash: Burk and Logan get one when they begin sparing.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: The most Burk's wore between his neck and his legs while fighting the bandits was a cape; when he later gets a waistcoat, he still wears it open. The Hero's also caught shirtless when he first appears, too.
  • Wall Jump: Burk does this to get at Logan when he starts flying.
  • Wild Man: Burk has this look, with his bare chest and shaggy hair.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Melany, the girl from the opening, is the only character shown (so far) with an unnatural hair colour. Nobody's commented on it.