A Modest Destiny is a Pixel Art Comic by Sean "Squidi" Howard. Unlike sprite webcomics, the pixel art used in AMD is created by Squidi himself. This led to some copyright issues early in the comic's run with people using his intellectual property the same way people typically use sprites ripped from games. His reaction to this then-controversial event led to a lot of hatedom directed at Squidi.The comic is also infamous for having been canceled, then uncanceled, then canceled, then uncanceled, then canceled yet again, then uncanceled. Squidi once said he would not finish it, as he didn't like the direction it had taken, but in a 2010 blog entry he claimed that he would be reviving it once again. The fourth chapter has recently concluded, and the fifth chapter is "coming one day".The comic consists of four arcs which follow the adventures of Maxim, a young man seeking his fame and fortune by joining a guild. Thanks in no small part to his unusual heritage, he winds up saving the world. Not only once, but twice.The comics themselves are well executed, with good characterization, genuinely funny moments, and, in spite of a sudden shift in mood halfway through, a remarkably consistent myth arc. Tropers will probably enjoy the occasional lampshade hung on various RPG and Fantasy cliches.This webcomic provides examples of:
Art Evolution: Early strips used pixel art backgrounds, but arc 3 started using drawn backgrounds instead.
Badass Boast: When Crimson Blade attempts to stop a robbery. Subverted when Gilbert takes him down almost immediately without any difficulty.
Crimson Blade: I am the terror that strikes at night! I am the sweat on your pillow after a nightmare! I am the darkness that your nightlight can't extinguish! I am the thing you see just out of the corner of your eye, but aren't sure if it is real or not! I burn with the light of righteousness! I am CRIMSON BLADE! In the name of JUSTICE, I will PUNISH YOU!
Big Bad: Gilbert in the first arc, the Black Knight in the overreaching plot.
Brick Joke: A running joke has the characters musing of how their sparse (see: Unlivable) conditions in their room, prison cell, etc, could use a throw pillow. Fluffy finally, thoughtfully delivers here.
Bungling Inventor: The professor. You know things are desperate if you're willing to strap on one of his gadgets.
Cerebus Syndrome: Although the series always had an overreaching plot, the jokes grow fewer and the situation gets grimmer as the series progresses. Word of God in the form of a self-critiquing blog entry says it is not because it was always planned to go in this direction, but by our definition it still counts.
Chekhov's Gunman: The guy who's Team Evil exam Gilbert copied shows up later to help Jenny escape from Team Evil's dungeon.
Chekhov's Skill: Maxim learns the ancient art of controlling his shadow. This comes in handy in the final battle against the first arc's Big Bad when he's completely immobilized.
Evil Twin: Lampshaded in the prologue, where Maxim states that this was before it was fashionable to have an evil twin. Ultimately subverted when it turns out they aren't twins at all but rather Split at Birth and justified when we learn Gilbert is evil because he lacks a soul since Maxim stole it.
Grand Theft Me: Played with as a key plot point: following the final battle of the first arc, Maxim possesses Gilbert's empty body. This is deconstructed in the later episodes, as it reveals that his wife is secretly uncomfortable with this, worried that any children they have will be evil like Gilbert.
Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Gilbert. He wants to resurrect an evil god and rule the world, but only because a jewel, which sensed danger, turned itself into an exact replica of him, and took his soul because it was the one thing it couldn't replicate...so now Gilbert doesn't feel any emotions and when he dies there will be nothing except emptiness...which is why he is raising Deo-Deo to grant him eternal life so he won't cease to exist.
You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Maxim in the first arc. Justified in that his hair color is the color of the jewel that he was created from. Generally averted by the main cast in that most of the hair colors are realistic, and the ones that aren't are dyed, as discussed here.