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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. http://adventurers.keenspot.com/ is the place to get your Archive Binge.

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:

  • Dimension Lord: The Eternals are a race of these, with Maxima Termis being their initial leader, followed by Eternion.
  • Distressed Dude: In one storyline, Karn is captured by Khrima and tied up.
  • Dramatic Thunder: Karn makes Ardam use a lightning spell only for the sake of this trope.
  • Dramatic Unmask: Eternion when Khrima hits him with the Mallet of Extreme Pain. The fact that the mask is his face should tell you where it heads.
  • Duel Boss: Ardam vs Whizrom, among others. (The author has a rather low opinion of these.)
  • Easter Egg: Karn follows some ridiculous directions in order to find one.
  • Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors: Including such elements as "Tastes Like Orange Tang", "Doesn't Taste Like Orange Tang", and "Peanuts".
  • Enemy Mine: Played straight and later subverted when the less-evil Khrima realizes Eternion's trying to force him into one with the heroes, as part of his gambit to secure the role of Final Boss.
  • Equipment Spoiler: Invoked when Karn panics on discovering a shop that sells a weapon no one in the party uses in case they missed a secret character. They meet and recruit the user of said weapons later.
  • Everything Trying to Kill You: Anything and everything can be a monster in a Random Encounter, even the cup of coffee Ardam was trying to drink.
  • Evil Chancellor: Parodied - the chancellor wasn't evil and the monster impersonating him had a cold.
  • Evil Counterpart: Most of the good guys have one - Ardam vs. Wizrom, Drecker vs. Rio, Karashi vs. Mizuna, Gildward vs. Dirlend, even Chookie vs. Blanc...
  • Flock of Wolves: One of Khirma's plans was to capture all the party members and replace them with robot duplicates, then have the robot duplicates strike when they least suspect it. There are four major flaws with this:
    • One: The robot duplicates don't look like the people they're supposed to look like.
    • Two: The plan involves capturing them all. Why would they need to bother doing anything else if they've all been captured?
    • Three: If he'd captured and replaced them all, then the robots would be attacking each other.
    • Four: Why would they make a robot duplicate of Evil Killer Death Spybot 5000? He already works for them.
  • Four Is Death: Khrima has four forms.
    Khrima: Fourth time's a charm.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: Khrima demands that his engineers put lasers on everything, even ballistic missiles. He later fires one of them for inventing a weapon better than lasers.
  • Insurmountable Waist-Height Fence: Parodied twice - once when a villain places a chair in the party's path and Karn doesn't comprehend the notion of stepping over it, and again when he performs a jumping attack on an enemy in battle, but then declares a small obstacle too high to pass.
  • Motivation on a Stick: A variation with a treadmill and a sign reading "plot" is used to keep Karn occupied in one strip.
  • Never Found the Body: Lampshaded by Karn:
    "We never found the body, so obviously he's still alive!"
    "But the explosion could have—-"
    "We never found the body, so obviously he's still alive."
  • No Sneak Attacks: Parodied multiple times. On one occasion, one monster persuades another to attack the party in their sleep... only to discover their tent is electrified.
  • 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.
  • Priceless Paperweight:
    • The villain uses his orbital satellite to cut his sandwich.
    • In another 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.
  • Squishy Wizard: Ardam. Gildward is a squishy bard.
    • Parodied when Ardam had to fight a Duel Boss fight against Whizrom. Whizrom was completely immune to Ardam's magic - but being a squishy wizard himself, he was vulnerable to Ardam's usually useless physical attack.
  • Startof Darkness: Khrima describes in detail of how he came to be a lord of darkness.
  • Time Travel: Used for a couple of cheap jokes and then never mentioned again.
  • Unknown Rival: Khrima is annoyed that Eternion seems to be taking over the role of Big Bad. Eternion, for his part, considers Khrima a mere puny mortal of no particular consequence.
  • Wrap Around: On the world map, a scientist discovers that you teleport to the south side of the world when you go past the northern boundaries.

Alternative Title(s):

Adventurers