Dream Oracle: Listen, Zucchini— Cucumber:Cucumber. Dream Oracle: Camembert, that's what I said.
Alas, Poor Villain: Every Disaster Master's defeat so far has been rather hard on them. Splashmaster loses a game he can't stand a chance in, Noisemaster plain gives up after his weapon fails and doesn't even try, and Mutemaster decides to follow Noisemaster, since they're always together.
"Welcome to Kukobu Quest, my new webmanga! n_n;; It follows the story of a boy named Kukobu who leaves his hometown of Cupcake to visit his father, only to learn that heís been captured by the evil Lady Cordelia, who plans to take over Doughnut Island, and soon all of the Dream Islands! (Oh noes!!!1 XD)
Kukobu learns that the only way (according to his father, whoís one pencil short of a Crayola pack in most cases, O_o) to stop Cordelia is to defeat her with a legendary sword. Kukobuís quest lands him in the forest in search of the sword, but just as he finds it, itís stolen by Satu, TEH MASTER THIEF wanted worldwide! And so the story actually begins. W007! XD
Cabbage's explanation of the background of the Nightmare Knight is accompanied by a shift to paper cutouts.
A presumably less deliberate example: some stylistic elements like the crayon-style outlines are used inconsistently from page to page.
The paper cutouts appear again in Princess Nautilus' explanation of the Disaster Masters.
Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: A lot of the characters have some kind of character design element that is perfectly in line with their name. For example, Bacon's hair is wavy and greasy and looks like bacon while Peridot's is boxy and resembles green gemstone.
Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Despite their constant sibling squabbles, Almond and Cucumber's reunion during the battle with Splashmaster is genuinely adorable and heartwarming. Hugs and snuggles and relief all 'round!
Band Land: The Melody Kingdom, sporting features such as a treble clef tower and a range of harp-shaped mountains.
Beach Episode: Starting in earnest here, with all present cast members morphed into swimsuits for the duration.
Bears Are Bad News: A bear "attacks" Carrot when the baker sisters ask him to retrieve some special sugar. His name is Grizzlygum, and he has no teeth or claws.
Beary Friendly: Turns out he's actually just doing his job as Gumdrop Forest's guardian (Guarding the Oracle's "private woods"). He doesn't like to hurt people, he was only going to give Carrot a stern talking-to, and is quite welcoming after finding out that Cuco is the legendary hero.
Beauty Contest: Chapter 3's main focus is a fashion contest in the Flower Kingdom to determine who gets to be the kingdom's honorary princess. The contestants are four of the ladies in the Flower kingdom...and Almond.
Cucumber: Uh, Nautilus, I kind of think we have more important things to— Nautilus: NO, CUCUMBER
Cosmic Keystone: The Disaster Stones, which, if all gathered, can be used to resurrect the Nightmare Knight.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: A recurring theme of the narrative - by living through ninety-nine iterations and defeats, the Nightmare Knight and his minions (apart from oafs like Splashmaster) have begun to learn from their past mistakes and anticipate their enemies' next moves, so the deck is now really stacked against our heroes.
Deliberately Monochrome: The heroes run into some trouble trying to cross over Intermezzo Wall after their blimp is attacked by an odd haze that washes out the comic's color and prevents the contents of their speech bubbles from being seen, symbolizing that everything has suddenly fallen silent. Later on we find out this is because of Mutemaster. His power is to freeze everything around him by turning them monochrome, and he uses it again against the heroes once Almond presses his Berserk Button.
Development Gag: The 2014 April Fools joke. That bad, weebish art was from Gigi's first concepts of the comic from way back when.
Double Standard: Satirized with the whole "Little sisters can't be heroes!" subplot.
Drowning Pit: Splashmaster drags Nautilus and Carrot under the water, and even deflects the underwater breathing spell that Cucumber tries to cast on them to ensure that they drown.
Edible Theme Naming: Applies to every named character who lives in the Doughnut Kingdom, except for the Oracle. In a more specific example, Cordelia has a trio of goons named Bacon, Dame Lettuce, and Sir Tomato.
Flat World: Dreamside was revealed to be flat when we see a map of Dreamside in Saturday's hideout with the ocean ending off the sides like a cliff. When someone asked Gigi how this was supposed to work she responded with "Wizards".
Fission Mailed: Used as a joke to the audience in Page 375 on it's website commentary and over twitter. The page depicts the Nightmare Knight tossing a wave of fire at Cucumber and Nautilus after Nautilus seems to provoke the final showdown early, with the author's note saying how much she enjoyed sharing the story. The following page shows that no, it isn't the end.
Functional Genre Savvy: Pretty much everyone besides Cucumber is this. They are all absolutely sure things must play out a certain way (ie. Cucumber being The Hero and using the Dream Sword to fight the Nightmare Knight) even when they make absolutely no sense (ie. Cucumber a rather rubbish hero and there are other, less exciting, ways to stop the Nightmare Knight).
and Splashmaster, who has a ridiculously high attack, but only 2 stars in defense.
Goldfish Poop Gang: Saturday and her manservant Brambleby, who appear to be becoming recurring nemeses throughout the story.
Growling Gut: Sir Carrot, and Nautilus, when looking at the snack tray on page 326. They forgot to eat before leaving on the seatrain.
Grey and Gray Morality: A Lighter and Softer variant. The Nightmare Knight and Cordelia have shown that they are not as evil as a Spirit of Evil and a Tyrannical ruler should be. While the Oracle, the supposed Big Good, is apathetic at best, and several "heroic" characters like Cabbage have been portrayed as complete jerks.
Grumpy Old Man: Grizzlygum gets rather grumpy toward whippersnappers who trespass on the The Oracle's private woods. He doesn't want to hurt anyone though just give them a good talking-to.
Hammerspace: Almond's pocket is where she keeps her sword, according to a bonus comic and page 333 of the comic proper.
Hostile Show Takeover: Bacon takes over the website for April Fool's 2013, and modifies much of the site to resemble himself. Including the banner, the latest page, and the character page and their descriptions.
Idiot Ball: Time will tell if Almond's decision to simply hand over the last Disaster Stone because she feels the quest wouldn't be epic enough if they didn't will be this or simply the usual genre enforcement of the world. Or both.
Just Eat Gilligan: Cucumber mentions it would make more sense to destroy the disaster stones twice. Sir Carrot even agrees with him. But the other characters think that's a boring idea, and are insistent on sticking to the genre. Almond even gleefully gives the last disaster stone to Peridot to prevent Cucumber and Carrot from breaking it, so that the villains can summon the Nightmare Knight.
Kill the Cutie: Done with the villains funnily enough. Cucumber Quest has a tendency to make it's villains into really adorable and playful losers, and the audience loves them so much because of it that they don't want the heroes to have to defeat the villains, or see them suffer.
Know When to Fold 'Em: Carrot argues this. Baguette quickly retorts that the monster he was faced with had neither claws nor teeth.
Noisemaster admits defeat and gives up after not having his base broken into, but Mutemaster's ability negated, being mangled by Liquus, and having his laser blocked by a shield. Quite the conga line.
Kraken and Leviathan: The reason the ferry service wouldn't let them go by sea to the Ripple Kingdom. A giant squid attacked a cruise ship on the way there, and their boats were out of service because it was too dangerous.
The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: With the set of things being visual and placed in a circle, it doesn't really fall specifically under any of the subtropes, but it's immediately apparent that the Disaster Stones have some sort of generic elemental theme, with the orbs having pastel colorings with symbols on them of a cloud, fire, water, flower, a music note, a musical "rest" symbol note Representing "Silence" Standard Status Effects, and... a pitch black orb with a bright red power on/off symbol on it.
Legend Fades to Myth: Nightmare Knight returns approximately every 5000 years and causes problems among the royal families, needing the current hero to stop him. And yet, the Dream Oracle and her servants are the only ones to remember this. Everyone else can only remember the very first time he attacked.
Almond: We haven't had a decent fight this whole chapter! Put up your dukes, Grandpa!
Milestone Celebration: Not for the comic itself, but the 2014 April Fools joke is on the 10th year since the Humble Beginnings of the series when it was first conceptualized. It even uses her art from the first drafts.
Not Completely Useless: The Extremely Specific and Pretty Much Completely Worthless Capsule Spell Machine grants Cucumber "the power to place a comically oversized bathtub drain on any surface." It proves surprisingly useful against Splashmaster, doubling as Chekhov's Skill.
All the Disaster Masters get their own custom-shaped speech bubbles. Splashmaster gets water drops hanging down from them, Noisemaster gets jagged ones (though they turn into regular speech bubbles when he drops his hype-man persona), Mutemaster gets cloud-like ones, and Rosemaster gets flower stems around hers ( that grow thorns when she gets angry) as well as the first letter of every speech bubble being in cursive.
Carrot: Oh, we in the Royal Guard have known about this tower for ages. Cucumber: You... have? Why didn't you ever come raid the place, then? Carrot: Well, it's such a long walk... And it's so hot... Cucumber: Never mind.
Rainbow Speak: Phrases occasionally show up in a colored font, adding to the video game feel.
Red Eyes, Take Warning: Nightmare Knights eyes glow closer to red when he's angry. They glow orange in chapter 2 when he's provoked by Nautilus, and they glow red when he was insulted by Cordelia. In the Chapter 2 interlude, A hologram of the Nightmare Knight is produced to communicate with the heroes. He has red eyes instead of yellow, and is shown to be significantly more ruthless than usual.
Rosemaster typically has Hidden Eyes but she shows one bright red eye while dragging her claws down the surface of a mirror.
Role-Playing Game Verse: All significant characters have stat distributions on the site's Character page and Gigi has released inventories for Cucumber and Almond on her Tumblr. However, while the comic resembles an RPG in presentation and story, actual gameplay elements like stats or MP haven't made an appearance in the work itself.
Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: "Puffington's Academy for the Magically Gifted and/or Incredibly Wealthy" would imply that to get in you need either magical skill or enough money for lack of skill to not matter.
Squee: Done by Queen Cordelia on page 118. It's surprisingly adorable after she had finished chewing out her henchmen and threatened to turn them into stone.
Stating the Simple Solution: Cucumber suggests that he simply destroy the Disaster Stones instead of going on a long-winded quest. Cabbage panics and says it would make him the most boring legendary hero ever.
Cucumber does this again when he, Almond and Carrot are exploring Saturday's hideout for the Dream Sword and discover the last Disaster Stone. Cucumber considers holding onto it and not even bothering to grab the sword. Surprisingly, Carrot agrees with him, putting the safety of the kingdom over the adventure. Unsurprisingly, Almond finds that idea boring.
Theme Naming: The theme varies based on the kingdom. The Doughnut denizens are named after foods, the Ripple residents are named after sea life, and the Melody kingdom's theme is, obviously, music and musical instruments. The only character this doesn't seem to apply to is Saturday, and it's implied that's not her real name in her character profile on the comic's website.
Timed Mission: The entirety of Chapter 2 quickly turns out to be one after Noisemaster reveals his plan to destroy Trebleopolis with a space cannon he calls the Noise Blaster. It's already charged to 33% by the time Cucumber and his friends even know it exists.
Vague Age: Gigi has stated a couple times that pretty much all the characters have vague ages. Cucumber and Almond are "just kids", Almond's "a slightly younger kid", Carrot is an adult, etc. You can read all about it on Gigi's Tumblr and on the trivia page.
Verbal Tic: Baguette has a tic, man. Tartelette does too, hon. Lettuce, like, probably counts, too. As does Crabbro, bro.
Verbal Backspace: Cucumber does an impressive one while being introduced to Princess Nautilus:
Cucumber: Oh, or how about I call you Nautie for sh— [Nautilus glares at him] Cucumber: ...how about I call you Nautilus. Nautilus:That would be wonderful! ♥
Vicious Cycle: It's revealed that the Nightmare Knight has been summoned every 5000 years or so. His legend is 500,000 years old, which means he's been sealed and summoned again 100 times.
Villain Decay: In-Universe and related to Vicious Cycle The Nightmare Knight's constant resummonings have left the heroes despairing with no known way to permanently stop him, but the villains take it as a sign that they can never win. Rosemaster's conversation with the Nightmare Knight is about how when they started, they seemed so powerful and now they just are going through the motions. Noisemaster had lost faith in his leader because of this trope and tried to leave some mark on the world though the Nightmare Knight stops him.
Violence Is the Only Option: Double Subverted with Saturday in chapter 1. It seems like they're going to have to fight her for the dream sword - then she hands it over, because she thought it was fake when the sword wouldn't come out of it's scabbard. Then she gets upset when she learns that she's stranded far from home and starts attacking, only to be flattened by a spaceship out of nowhere.
Wrecked Weapon: Carrot's spear was bent by Splashmaster when he tried to rescue Almond. He apparently found it again, and fixed it, or he got a new one before they left the Ripple Kingdom since he had it again later.
You Can't Thwart Stage One: Cuco would very much like to avert this trope by preventing the Nightmare Knight's summoning, but the enemy—and even some of his allies—are determined to have it played straight. The fact that Cucumber is the only one who even considered the possibility of this trope being averted really plays into his role as Only Sane Man.