Webcomic / Adventurers!

Adventurers! is a webcomic by Mark Shallow, who later created Antihero for Hire (there's a crossover... of sorts). It began as a series of console RPG jokes connected only by the presence of the main characters, but gradually developed a storyline that culminated with a massive battle against the Final Boss.

The storyline is now finished and the comic no longer updates. You can start at the beginning here.

The Tabletop RPG Console, also an Affectionate Parody of CRPGs and their tropes, uses Adventurers! strips for some of its illustrations.

This webcomic provides examples (almost always Lampshaded or Parodied) of the following tropes:

  • Plotline Death: Discussed in strip #72 (implied to be about Final Fantasy VII):
    Karn: And why doesn't that guy just use a Revive potion or cast "Life" instead of mourning over her so much?
    Drecker: They have to take some liberties to keep things interesting.
  • Pointy Ears: Karn has them.
  • Poke the Poodle: Most of Khrima's attempts at proving how evil he is... such as giving Karn free passes to an amusement park that doesn't have any cotton candy.
  • Polish the Turd: invoked A marketing department tries its best to make wind magic look Totally Radical and not totally ineffective like it actually is. Ardam isn't taken in.
  • Precursors: "There are ancient, highly advanced civilizations hidden everywhere," Karn claims.
  • Priceless Paperweight: In one story arc, Khrima plots to steal a magic water-generating crystal, which provides the only source of water for a city, to use in his office water cooler. Mizuna then says that, once they have it, it would be better to ransom it back to the city in exchange for its inhabitants becoming his servants. Khrima agrees that her idea is better. Then, in the process of stealing it, the two of them discover what the people who live in the city are actually like - and into the water cooler it goes.
  • Video Game Stealing:
    • The use of this in Final Fantasy X is parodied: Drecker, the resident thief, destroys a robot by stealing a grenade, and notes that all robots are built around one. When Ardam asks if that's dangerous, Drecker replies "Only if you pull the pin".
    • And earlier than that, when he steals a sword from someone threatening them with a knife.
      Bandit: Wait... I had a sword!? Why was I using this thing, then?
      Drecker: Yeah, well, it's ours now.
  • Visible Silence: Lampshaded in strip #692, where the villains practice conversing in ellipses.
    Khrima: My, aren't we being stoic and mysterious. Good work.
  • Walking Disaster Area: Parodied. Karn wonders why a town he shows up in has been destroyed—it's because he landed his airship too close.
  • Wall of Text: Lampshaded in strip #670, where Endless tries to cram as much expository text into a single panel as possible (before even properly introducing herself).
  • You Have Failed Me: Strip #57 has Khrima doing this to a white-haired minion who has run out of excuses:
    Minion: I'm fired, aren't I?
    Khrima: If by "fired" you mean "set on fire and thrown to the lions" then yes.