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:

  • Flock of Wolves: One of Khrima'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 plan:
    • 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 already been captured?
    • Three: If he'd captured and replaced them all, then when the robots strike, they would be attacking each other.
    • Four: Why would they make a robot duplicate of Evil Killer Death Spybot 5000? He's already The Mole.
  • Four Is Death: Khrima has four forms.
    Khrima: Fourth time's a charm.
  • Fourth Wall Mail Slot: A few filler strips feature the comic's author answering questions from fans.
  • 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.
  • Motivation on a Stick: A variation with a treadmill and a sign reading "plot" is used to keep Karn occupied in one strip.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Webrunner explains that muscularity has no real relation to strength: "Often scrawny kids can be strong enough to destroy gods without getting any visible muscle tone."
  • Musical Spoiler: Subverted. Tesla hears "dramatic plot music" and expects a plot point, but it turns out that it's just Gildward playing.
  • Nerf Arm: A rolled-up newspaper and a stick.
  • Never Found the Body:
    • A dimensional distortion swallows Argent and Garshask while they were fighting. Genre Savvy Karn insists that since no bodies were found, they're obviously still alive. He's right.
    • And in another incident, after Big Bad Khrima accidentally destroyed a magic crystal, wrecking a sizable part of his fortress, Drecker mentions that Khrima hasn't been heard from in months. Ardam speculates that he might have died in the accident, and wonders if they've seen the last of him. There is a pause, then both heroes burst out laughing.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Product Placement: Parodied - Karn shills for products such as "Hero Hair" brand hair gel.
  • Time Travel: Used for a couple of cheap jokes and then never mentioned again.
  • 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.

Alternative Title(s):

Adventurers