Crouching Ostrich, Hidden Vulture is a one-shot NSFW comic rendered in 3D by an artist going by the online name "eyeteeth". It follows the "dragon rider", a swordswoman videogame character, who tries to find meaning in her existence, after enduring near-countless cycles of killing her enemies, resting and killing her enemies again.Previews, concept art and other information not found in the series are over at the deviantART page. Not to be confused with the trope or the similarly titled movie.
This series provides examples of:
Accidental Pervert: As the "dragon rider" asks her captives if ninjas can feel pleasure, her hand is on a ninja's crotch. Subverted in that she was trying to get a truthful answer.
Achilles' Heel: The ninjas got excited when they realised that the "dragon rider" was not airborne. She ends up being killed on the ground.
A God Am I: The "dragon rider" thinks she is this, as she is that good in the game. The dragon commented that she is not a god, as the ninjas stabbed her to death.
All Women Are Lustful: After killing the "dragon rider", the ninjas proclaimed their "philosophy" to be "have lots of sex with dragons". Before that, there was also the ninja who was feeling pleasure from the "stimulation" the "rider" was giving her.
Beauty Is Never Tarnished: It is implied that before the comic, the "dragon rider" has never been wounded before. (The dragon expressing surprise when she got nicked on the thigh.) Averted at the end, when she was beheaded by the ninjas.
Be Careful What You Wish For: The "dragon rider" wanted something different form her usual routine of killing ninjas, beating the round and having sex with the dragon. She got her wish, by dying.
Bilingual Bonus: The Chinese tattoo on the dragon rider's arm roughly translates into "lethal temptress".
Black and White Morality: The ninjas' only aim is to kill the "rider", while her main reason to kill the ninjas is to not die. Failing to remember the concept indirectly caused the rider's death.
Blessed with Suck: The "dragon rider" is immune to aging. However, she cannot stop killing ninjas who want to kill her, has no other companions (sexual or otherwise) apart from the dragon, and is stuck in one place. Oh, and she can still die from wounds.
Honor Before Reason: The ninjas only have one purpose in life: to kill the "dragon rider". In the example under Accidental Pervert, the ninja chose to kill herself rather than to admit that ninjas can feel pleasure.
Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action: Played with. While the dragon is very much larger than the "dragon rider", he has a set of human male genitalia.
Invincible Hero: See Pinball Scoring below, and remember that the "rider" gets only 150 points for killing a ninja. Subverted at the end, when she was killed by the ninjas.
Lady of War: The "dragon rider". Graceful in combat, and uses a katana.
Magic Skirt: Averted. The ninjas wear transparent thongs, and the dragon rider's dress flaps as she moves, exposing her bottom.
Major Injury Underreaction: When her sword arm was stabbed through, the dragon rider's reaction was an "Oh!", bordering on Dull Surprise. When her head was stabbed through? "Woh", with a surprised look. Averted when she writhes in agony while being stabbed through the chest.
Time Abyss: Assuming 7 ninjas per round (like in the final round Calculation 2 killed in air, 2 held captive and later killed, 1 killed on the ground and 2 who killed the rider.), and the average time between the start of rounds is 1 minute, the "dragon rider" has been around for 185,652 years when the comic begins! She still looks like a beautiful woman, though.
Who Wants to Live Forever?: See Time Abyss above. When the comic begins, the "dragon rider" has become somewhat tired of her existence. She dies at the end of the comic.
Word Salad Title: No ostriches or vultures appear in the story. However, Word of God has confirmed that both animals are a Shout-Out to Joust, where the player does ride an ostrich and a buzzard (eyeteeth equates "vulture" with "buzzard").
The Worf Effect: The "dragon rider" getting herself killed. She had survived such odds before, but she didn't realise that fighting on the ground is largely to her disadvantage until it was too late.