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, although the first chapter is still in progress) set in a fantasy world and updates on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
The first Plot Thread
is about the adventures of 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).
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.
- 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.
- 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).
- Comically Small Demand:
- Burk agrees to look into the town's bandit problem in exchange for being able to use a toilet. Mainly because he's 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.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Even the rest of the bandits are creeped out by Gary.
- The Faceless: The bandits' bosses have their faces hidden by their armour.
- Failed a Spot Check/Comically Missing the Point: 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.
- Foil: The Aristocrat to Burk. Similar appearance, similar fighting style and approach to problems. Opposing personalities (and hygiene).
- Full Boar Action: The bandit leaders ride acid spitting boars. They're less impressive when defeated.
- Gasshole: Liberty at last!
- 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 Old Fisticuffs: Burk and The Aristocrat both fight with their bare hands.
- 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;
- 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 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.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Burk's fringe casts his eyes in shadow.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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 fond of going shirtless, too.
- 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.