Webcomic: Rusty and Co.

Rusty, Mimic, Cube

"Okay, forget the lockpicks... Does anyone have HANDS?"

Rusty and Co. is a comic fantasy RPG Mechanics Verse webcomic by Mike R., based on Dungeons & Dragons, about a monstrous trio of adventurers. Literally.

With the charismatic Mimic, absurdly cute rust monster Rusty, and the silent yet deadly Gelatinous Cube, the three set out in search of fame, fortune, and experience levels — and every adventure, they ally themselves with an Action Girl for at least part of the level.

Of course, things that would be obstacles to more conventional adventurers pose no problem for these three, whereas other more simple tasks create great difficulties. Expect hilarity (with a side of Lampshade Hanging) to ensue.

Can be found on its own website. Has a Character Sheet.


  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: "Level" chapters.
  • Impaled Palm:
    • Stabs to a Derro.
      Card Shark: Ma'am, I believe pinning your opponent through the sleeve is more traditional.
      Stabs: Do you have any idea what kind of day I'm having!?
    • Madeline stabs a girallon through the palm with her pitchfork to perform a throw.
    • Cube stabs Grinner with Maddie's borrowed pitchfork through the palm just as the gnoll is trying to gloat.
    • And just afterward, Stabs throw a knife through Grinner's hand... just as he's holding a lit stick of dynamite. That really ruins his day.
  • Insult Friendly Fire: Mimic accidentally does this to Gelatinous Cube when he sees another cube.
    Rusty: Awkwaaaaard.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: The wight in the forest claims he used to be one.
  • Knights and Knaves:
    • Done with two talking doors. Mimic's solution? Become a third door.
    • Parodied again later (in level 5), with two even more obnoxious doors. Rusty's solution is deliciously straightforward, and hinges on his ability to eat metal.
  • Last-Second Word Swap: Malevolus is about to have a "You shall not pass" moment, then he looks at the adversaries and does the math.
    Malevolus: ... And if you want to reach the Inner Sanctum, you'll need to go...
    ... through... (looks at Rusty, then Cube, then thinks about what happens when the both of them go through him)
    ... that tunnel there, then hang a right, then the next right, then straight on to the big doors.
  • Levitating Lotus Position: Zar the Psion uses this to get around.
  • Literal Metaphor: At the beginning of a Level 6 strip, Y.T. warns Mimic: "Don't crossss me." At the end of the strip, Mimic does exactly that (using Y.T.'s stretched body to cross a chasm); the lamia ain't happy about it.
    Y.T.: Whu'd I jusst sssay, hah?
  • Luminescent Blush:
    • Happens to Gelatinous Cube of all people.
      Madeline: Wasn't he green a moment ago?
      Mimic: Okay, seriously, ya gotta stop stickin' your hand in strangers.
    • Also to Madeline herself, every time she mentions Derek the Cleric.
    • Rusty gets one after he eats Roxanne's underwire.
  • The Mafia: Complete with illithid (mind flayer) members.
  • Metronomic Man Mashing: Well, Gnoll-mashing. Cube of all beings does it to Grinner, with the help of Madeline's pitchfork impaled through the gnoll's hand. Rusty, Roxy and Presti are tremendously enjoying the show.
  • Modesty Shorts: Madeline is sensibly wearing (anachronistic) biker shorts under her leather skirt in her first appearance. (In the second, she's wearing winter clothes, making the matter moot.)
  • Monster Adventurers: The whole starting concept of the webcomic.
  • The Need for Mead: Ye Olde Proverbial Hook is a repeating location.
  • The Nose Knows:
    • When the Princess defends her smoking, Mimic points out that monsters hunt through smell.
    • Stabs can recognize that Prestige is a cop by smell alone.
    • The guards to the Inner Sanctum of the Tentacallis Dungeon are grimlocks, who are blind and hunt through smell.
    • And Madeline can smell Character Alignment.
  • Offscreen Crash:
    Mimic: Boris Vallejo ain't gonna paint that.
    Roxanne: Exit Grinner, stage right... er... and stage left.
  • Oh Crap!:
    • When Presti accidentally bursts into Don Polpo's dining room.
    • Presti again, when she sees the Magic Missile built by the Tentacallis.
  • Oh My Gods!: Literally used by Prestige Perkins after Mimic and Cube save her.
  • Only One Name: Averted for Madeline, as Zar's psychic ability in strip 7-16 addresses each character by their last name (if not previously revealed). The paladin's name is Madeline Goodlaw. (Rusty hasn't a last name, so Zar tries to formalize it to "Mr. Russell".)
  • Only the Chosen May Wield: Zar tells Madeline that the pitchfork is this. In reality, its magical powers apparently derive from Madeline's belief in them.
  • Only the Knowledgable May Pass: The bottle fairy does this, by accident.
  • Orphaned Punchline: Subverted.
  • Our Gryphons Are Different: They're quite friendly to their fellow monsters.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise:
    • The Princess uses this. She really should take off her hat first.
    • Used again by Prestige. It's her ability to fake an illithid's smell that helps pull this off.
  • Pie in the Face: From a bugbear channeling Fozzie Bear.
  • Pirates: Plaidbeard and his crew. Played as a comical type 1.
  • Point That Somewhere Else: Plaidbeard to Madeline's hoe.
  • Post-Climax Confrontation: After the vampires in level 6, a new enemy attack.
  • Power Perversion Potential:
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Prestige saying "Buon Appetito." to V'innie just before making him eat a badger at point blank.
  • Prophecies Rhyme All the Time: Madeline's quest hooks, courtesy of Derek the Cleric.
    Mimic: Am I on Dr. Seuss's Candid Camera?
  • Pulling Themselves Together: The vampires do this, though you can mix it up for them.
  • Pun:
    • Rampant in both the Alt Text and the comic itself. Naturally, this filters into the comments section.
    • The wight in the forest pulls a horrible one:
      Mimic: Yoiks! Who're you? We don' wanna hurt youse!
      Wight: I... was once... the White Knight.
      Wight: But now I am... the Night Wight.
      Mimic: A'ight, well... now we wanna hurt youse.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "This. dress. was. vintage."
  • Punctuation Shaker: The illithid mobsters: T'oni, R'occo, D'an, S'al, S'ammy, V'innie, B'enny, J'immy...
  • Railroading: Parodied with the land pirates' ship, which runs along a track... just after a "plot hook" is delivered by artillery.
    Mimic: An' here I thought "on rails" was jus' an expression.
  • Reality Warper:
    • Anyone who gets their hands (or tentacles, or whatever) on the Belt of Genre Changing effectively gains this power.
    • The Python, once amplified. (Another Madeline story. Do they attract her, or does she attract them?)
    • To a minor degree, Madeline herself. At the very least, she's demonstrated the ability to turn random objects into extremely powerful magic weapons.
  • Rebel Relaxation: Y.T. lacks legs, so she can't do the foot resting agains the wall part, but she still pulls it out.
  • Rebus Bubble:
    • Leeloo!Madeline shortly ponders this way about the effects of Plaidbeard and Mimic struggling for the Belt of Genre Changing.
    • Sir Malevolus is quick to realize that
      [Armoured Malevolus] + [rust monster] = [unarmoured Malevolus] and
      [Unarmoured Malevolus] + [gelatinous cube] = [skeleton Malevolus]...
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning:
  • Retcon: Yuan-Tiffany the yuan-ti became Y.T. the lamia, due to a legal dispute.
  • Riddle Me This: The bottle fairy tries this but has clearly forgotten the riddle.
  • Rule of Three: Ezra puts her head back on three times.
  • Running Gag / Once per Episode: Mimic's suggestions that the group "disguise ourselves as common, unassuming pieces of furniture". He's always ignored.
  • Schizo Tech: Electric guitars and soda machines accompany your traditional fantasy fare. Oh, and a Magic Missile.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Sir Malevolus cuts and runs from the threat posed by Rusty and Cube.
  • Seashell Bra: "They're just B-shells, but thanks."
  • Secondary Character Title: Rusty is more of a mascot overall; the main protagonist thus far is Mimic.
  • Shout-Out: Compiled on their own subpage.
  • Sinister Scythe: Anti-Madeline brandishes a miniature one, following her Good Counterpart's propension for farm implements as weapons.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Anti-Madeline, if the amount of her dialogue that's censored is any indication.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Since most human(oid) characters of the comic are female, they are naturally the subject of plenty slapstick. Presti especially, in Level 6.
  • Snake People: A redheaded, female lamia (once a yuan-ti) appears in the Tentacallis' dungeons.
  • Something We Forgot: Mimic forgot all about Stabs, leaving her to face an army of monsters. Cut to Stabs Atop a Mountain of Corpses.
  • Speaks in Shout-Outs: The chatty zombie uses only clichés and proverbs.
  • Sssssnake Talk: Y.T. mixes this with a Texan accent.
  • Staircase Tumble: After getting decapitated (for the third time) by Madeline, Ezra the vampiress tumbles down stairs (head first, followed by the rest of her body). She stomps her way back up looking very pissed.
  • Sudden Videogame Moment: "Rusty Runner" in level 6.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Averted humorously, with the Alt Text lampshading the whole thing.
    Mimic: Do somethin'!
    Prestige: I can't, I'm too busy screaaaaaaaaming!
  • Talk Like a Pirate: Plaidbeard, of course.
  • Talk to the Fist: Madeline delivers one to Plaidbeard. Mimic objects to it (if only because he wanted to hear more about what was going on).
  • They Have the Scent: Why Mimic warns the Princess against smoking.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: The Grinner's face says it all in the last panel of this strip.
  • Turn Undead: What happened to the Princess's wight boyfriend. (Mimic understood something different, though...)
  • Umbrella Drink: Put to unusual use by Prestige to uncloak an invisible informant.
  • Unexplained Recovery:
    • "I got better." is used word-for-word by a dwarf quest giver (who got killed by Cube).
    • Calamitus.
    • Even better, the Grinner.
  • Unsound Effect: Quite a few of them. See the below example for the most obvious one.
  • Up to Eleven: Quite literally, with a visual Shout-Out to the trope namer.
  • Vancian Magic: Lampshaded with a "VANCE!" Unsound Effect for a Color Spray spell.
  • Visible Silence: Robespierre does this upon being approached by an information-seeking Mimic.
  • Visual Pun:
  • Volleying Insults: The "pirate" duel.
  • Wall of Blather:
    • The Wight's long explanation about the mission and the Princess is blanked out by a summary.
    • Calamitus doing his monologue is similarly obscured, as Mimic and Princess aren't paying attention.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer:
    • Eat hammer?
    • Roxanne's first appearance also references this trope, when she says that she wants to do something with all the points she put into whittling.
  • Who Would Be Stupid Enough?: Cuts to the paladin with Int as her Dump Stat.
  • Wrong Turn at Albuquerque: Spoofed with a Xorn in Level 6.
    Xorn: I knew I should'a taken that left turn at Abeir-Toril.
  • X-Ray Sparks: Parodied by Mimic, who shouldn't have bones to begin with.
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside: From his dialogue, something like this is going on in the magical dimension where the girls meet Zar the Psion.
    Zar: One day ago, for you, and five weeks ago, for me, was the largest sustained breach our Reality ever experienced.
  • Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: Used for the signs, most notably the "Ye Olde Proverbial Hook Inn".
  • You No Take Candle: Lampshaded by Robespierre the barbarian in #3.21:
    Robespierre: Roxanne is beloved member of Robespierre's family, despite fancy city ways. And insistence on using pronouns.