Webcomic: Cucumber Quest

Almond: Awesome! I've always wanted to fight a real monster.
Cucumber: I haven't!

Tomorrow's the first day of school at Puffington's Academy for the Magically Gifted and/or Incredibly Wealthy, and Cucumber's all packed up to move in. Before he can tuck into his last dinner at home, a letter arrives: Cucumber's father, Lord Cabbage, has been kidnapped and imprisoned by the henchmen of the evil Queen Cordelia, who plans to Take Over the World! Despite being meek and studious and having a little sister who probably would do a better job, saving the world is strictly the duty of Cucumber. Cucumber sneaks into the Caketown Castle dungeons to speak with his father, who tells him Cordelia's plan: to amass the Disaster Stones and awaken the Nightmare Knight! Cabbage tells Cucumber to meet with the Dream Oracle, who will grant him the legendary Dream Sword, an invaluable weapon against the Nightmare Knight.

And so begins Cucumber's quest.

Cucumber Quest is a webcomic by Gigi D.G. of Hiimdaisy fame, and so far reads like a snarky love-letter to classic SNES-era video games, presented with a Paper Mario-style sense of humor. It can be read here.

Has a slowly filling character sheet. Put character-specific tropes there.

It had its very own fan dub, complete with soundtrack (Rar file). But sadly it was discontinued.

In addition, there is a music album based on the comic in the works (made by the same person behind the Ruby Quest album). It can be found here

Also has a fan game in the style of Ace Attorney.

Furthermore, there is also a translation to Spanish in the works.

Cucumber Quest demonstrates examples of:

  • Accidental Misnaming:
    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. Rosemaster knows that the Masters' efforts are doomed to failure, but is at least able to end the battle on her own terms and Go Out with a Smile.
  • After-Action Patch-Up: Parodied with Tomato.
  • Alternative Calendar: A glimpse at characters' journal entries shows that they list months and years with wingding symbols, although the days are numeric.
  • All There in the Manual: Gigi's Tumblr. Has now moved to her Ask.fm.
  • Amplifier Artifact: The Hocus Crocus is a type of flower rumored to multiply anyone's magical power by the number of years it took to bloom. Since a Hocus Crocus ordinarily blooms every year, this is effectively useless. But Cucumber happens to arrive in the Flower Kingdom at the same time a Hocus Crocus of 2 years has bloomed. Rosemaster sought its power to defeat the heroes, while Glitchmaster planned to use it to usurp the Nightmare Knight. Rosemaster initially agreed to give the Crocus to her, but upon obtaining it, decided to use it for herself.
  • And This Is for...:
    Almond: This is for sinking our boat! This is for kidnapping me! And this is for being a jerk! And this is... for being bad at limbo?
  • April Fools' Day:
    "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

    No critiques please!"
    • In 2015, the author posted fake character cards, among them being cards for the orange crabster, the Blueberry Mailman, and a joke Noisemaster card that had nothing on it but a grave stone escribed with "RIP-So ill they put me in a hospital". Ouch.
  • Art Evolution: Compare page 12 to page 264 — and compare again with page 535. In general, the art started out as with more fluid characters, and rougher edges, almost crayon-like, and are now more streamlined and smooth. For another example, compare the old profile cards to the new ones.
  • Art Shift:
    • 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. Later on, after Carrot convinces the Nightmare Knight to spare Almond and Cucumber, and Almond admits to Cucumber that she was afraid that he was going to get himself killed, it's absolutely heartrending.
  • 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.
  • Behind the Black: Somehow, the group failed to notice the real Commander Caboodle Bound and Gagged in the corner of his spaceship in the Chapter 2 interlude.
  • Be Yourself: Parodied in the most terrifying way. Showing your true colors may make some people like you, but it's in no way a guarantee that everyone will.
  • Bigger Stick: Cucumber becomes significantly more helpful in a scuffle upon gaining a better wand.
  • Big "NO!":
  • Big "Shut Up!": Done by Peridot when accused of gatecrashing the Flower Kingdom beauty pageant just to see Almond.
  • Briar Patching: Splashmaster falls for it beautifully.
  • Bloodless Carnage: While fighting the Splashmaster, Almond cuts off two of his tentacles, then slices his entire body in half. Instead of blood, there's an explosion of light and water.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall:
    • The Dream Oracle rushes through the end of Chapter 2 and cuts off the narration after a rather unsatisfying ending.
    • In the prologue, Almond rushes to attack, exclaiming that "We haven't had a decent fight this whole chapter!"
  • Broke the Rating Scale:
    • Cabbage's Jerk stat is at least 6 stars out of 5.
    • Splashmaster's Attack is also over 5 stars.
    • The Nightmare Knight's stats break the rating scale in EVERY category!
  • But Thou Must: Everyone's response to Cucumber's attempts at Refusal of the Call
  • Call Back: The Evil-Vanquishing Almond Slicer appears again, although this time Cucumber had everything under control.
  • Cartoon Bomb: Put on the Sea Train by Cosmo.
  • Celestial Deadline: Every 5000 years. There doesn't seem to be any particular reason for it. That's just when it happens.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
  • Chiaroscuro: The night view of the castle
  • Color-Coded Stones: The 8 Disaster Stones have each a color, symbol and element.
  • Cooking Duel: Princess Nautilus challenges the Splashmaster to a limbo duel.
    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. Their only saving grace is that the Nightmare Knight, for an as of yet unknown reason, is railroading them to victory.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Gigi, constantly in her author notes. Also Peridot, Almond, what little we've seen of Saturday, the two cake ladies, Saturday's butler...
  • 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.
    • A more comedic version happens to Peridot when they discover that Almond has no idea who she is, shattering her heart.
    • Red Filter of Doom version happens when Rosemaster absorbs the Hocus Crocus and attacks.
  • Distinctive Appearances: The rabbit-people have different ear-styles depending on what kingdom they're from:
    • Doughnut Kingdom: Plain, rounded ears that stick straight up
    • Ripple Kingdom: Rounded ears that are thinner at the base and bend outwards like a cartoon water splash
    • Melody Kingdom: Bent at the top like a musical note
    • Flower Kingdom: Round ears that typically have three round tufts similar to a blooming/fruiting cactus
    • Crystal Kingdom: Squared-off ears
    • Sky Kingdom: Thick round ears that curl at the top like a stylized, swirly cloud
    • Space Kingdom (Assuming Cosmo's appearance isn't unique): Rounder/wider ears with crescent moons and stars
  • Do Wrong, Right: Peridot has a nightmare where Cordelia accuses her of being unable to be properly evil.
  • 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.
  • Easily Conquered World: Cordelia was able to conquer Caketown with the aid of a single Child Mage. Peridot turned the king and all the good knights save Sir Carrot to stone. The rest of the knights turned traitor.
  • 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.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
    • Cordelia and Peridot seem attached, which can be noted when Cordelia is concerned if Peridot is hurt after she comes crying after being beaten by Almond, comforts her, and offers to watch some of her favorite show with her.
    • Noisemaster and the other Disaster Master of the Melody Kingdom, Mutemaster, were created at the same time and share a unique bond, a fact that's been amply demonstrated by their interactions, between how delighted Noisemaster is to see Mutemaster, the hugging, and how distressed Mutemaster looks when cradling an injured Noisemaster.
    • Out of the first four Disaster Masters, Rosemaster seems to have the closest bond with the Nightmare Knight, and expresses hope that he'll enjoy watching her latest scheme play out.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: The Nightmare Knight warns Cordelia that he is not one of her subjects, and advises her to watch her tone.
  • Evil Overlooker:
  • Evolving Credits: The artwork at the top of the comic's page has been changing as the story goes on.
  • Excited Title! Two-Part Episode Name!: Parodied in The Rant on pages 381 and 390.
  • Expressive Accessory: The Oracle's wand-eyeball and turban-like head wear each make the same expressions her normal eyes do.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Cabbage. Well... not always, but he still fits the trope.
  • The Face of the Sun: Riiiiight here. And it's acting, err, "glad" to boot.
  • Flashback Echo: Apparently this isn't the first time someone tried to make peace with the Nightmare Knight and a skeptic stopped them.
  • 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.
  • Foreshadowing: "Miracles tend to happen when you least expect them."
  • Frothy Mugs of Water: Cordelia's wine is described in her second character portrait as "juice for grown-ups". This apparently extends to all alcoholic beverages in Dreamside, as Gigi even refers to beer as "malted wheat juice".
  • 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).
  • Generation Xerox: Portrayals of past legendary heroes look nearly identical to Cucumber. A past legendary hero even had a little sister with the same Theme Naming as Almond. There are a few key differences however. All of the previous legendary heroes were courageous swordsmen. The current legendary hero, Cucumber, is a cowardly wizard, whereas his little sister takes more after the role of the legendary heroes.
  • Glass Cannon: In Gigi's character stats, Almond and Splashmaster are each listed with 5 or more stars in attack, but only 2 stars in defense.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: The semifinalists of the Princess R contest when they're are encouraged to "remove" Cucumber from the contest, despite him not actually being a contestant.
  • Goldfish Poop Gang: Saturday and her manservant Brambleby, who appear to be becoming recurring nemeses throughout the story.
  • Goth: Dahlia, semi-finalist in the Princess R contest, is called one on many occasions...
    • Goth Girls Know Magic: ... and is apparently a magician. She is the only one of the candidates who comes close to posing a threat to the rest.
  • 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.
  • Has Two Mommies: Princess Azalea. Her parents' names are given as King Aster and King Sunflower.
  • 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.
  • Inadvertent Entrance Cue:
    Nautilus: I challenge you to a limbo duel!
    Limbo Group: Did someone sayyyyyyyyyyyy...LIMBO?!
  • Insistent Terminology:
    Nautilus: It's not a cell phone, Cucumber. It's a Royal Instrument of Summoning that's been passed down through my family for generations.
  • Intergenerational Friendship:
  • Interrupted Cooldown Hug: Cucumber tries to just talk to the Nightmare Knight, and actually seems to be making some headway until Almond interrupts. Which also reminds the Knight of the last time someone tried to talk to him.
  • Ironic Echo: Are you not a knight?
  • It's Pronounced Tro-PAY: Peridot's name is Peri-DOH, not Peri-DOT.
  • It's Up to You: As much as Cucumber attempts to avert this, no one will let him off the hook about this world-saving business.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: It would work better if Lettuce cared that Parfait doesn't want to be happy with Tomato.
  • 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.
  • Just Toying with Them: Rosemaster has the heroes outmatched for her entire battle, but never moves to finish the job. Only after the fight do we learn why: she never intended to win in the first place; once she's satisfied that she's given "the performance of her career", she concedes the fight and allows Carrot to put an arrow through her weak spot.
  • 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; it's quickly undercut when Baguette 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 (Splashmaster) attacked a cruise ship on the way there, and their boats were out of service because it was too dangerous.
  • Lampshade Hanging
  • 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 , 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.
  • Level Ate: The entire Doughnut Kingdom.
  • Little Bit Beastly: The main characters all have rabbit ears, but human bodies.
  • Loophole Abuse: Almond is allowed to enter the Flower Kingdom's competition because she's "technically a flower". She, Cucumber, and Carrot are susceptible to Rosemaster's influence under that same logic.
  • Loser Gets the Girl: How Cucumber's parents fell for each other.
  • Love Dodecahedron: Carrot and Parfait love each other. Tomato loves Parfait, and Lettuce loves Tomato.
  • Lucky Charms Title: Page 313 shows off four diary entries written on the date [fish symbol] 18th, year ♥♪☺☆.
  • MacGuffin:
  • Mad Scientist: Cosmo is one, given that their inventions usually have pretty big consequences when put into use. They also point out people call them mad.
  • Make a Wish: On a shooting star. Accidentally.
  • Meaningful Background Event:
    • During the second interlude, Cucumber futzes around with his wand while the others are talking to the Dream Oracle—and with a "!" sees that he can equip the Disaster Stones to it for Power Copying. (He had done this by accident with Splashmaster's stone earlier, but this confirmed it.)
    • Cabbage can be seen taking the trophy and sneakily putting it in Almond's pocket on pages 590-591.
  • Medium Awareness
    Almond: We haven't had a decent fight this whole chapter! Put up your dukes, Grandpa!
  • Mega Manning: The wand Cucumber acquired from Saturday's stash of loot seems to absorb the abilities of defeated disaster masters, a fact which surprises even the Nightmare Knight.
  • Missing Mom: Princess Nautilus returns home to find that her mother was taken away by Splashmaster.
  • Mood Whiplash: The boss fight with Rosemaster is the darkest yet. She's much more powerful than the heroes, disables everyone but Almond, and then terrorizes Almond to the point where she starts crying and runs away. Then they see Carrot hiding and Rosemaster brainwashes Almond to attack him, driving him off a cliff. Then he falls into darkness, ruminating on being an utter failure. Then... he lands in the Guardener's garden, where the Guardlings are pigging out on the cakes left with Princess Parfait's letter, leaving Carrot totally dumbfounded.
    "hey dude"
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg:
  • Mythology Gag:
  • No, Except Yes: Has Saturday really managed to steal that much?
    Cucumber: Don't... tell me all of this [pile of treasure] was stolen from Caketown Castle.
    Carrot: Don't be ridiculous! All of that [even larger pile of treasure] was stolen from Caketown Castle!
  • No Punctuation Is Funnier:
  • Noble Demon: Nightmare Knight doesn't approve of the BLT trio tormenting the princess when they're supposed to be guarding her room.
  • Nonstandard Character Design: The Guardener, whose nightmarish, Uncanny Valley-esque, nigh-Cosmic Horror-fying visage is a realistic rabbit's head. Funny, until the Guardener tries to use cartoony expressions with a realistic animal's face.
  • 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. Zack Morrison of Paranatural demonstrates several potential uses for the bathtub drain spell in this guest comic, turning it into a Lethal Joke Item.
  • Oh Crap!: The heroes' reaction to both a giant sea monster and Commander Caboodle not being whom he seems to be.
  • Ominous Visual Glitch: Glitchmaster causes this wherever she goes:
    • Even before she appears in person, she causes some ominous effects on, and seemingly outside of, Noisemaster's computer monitor.
    • And soon after, when she derezzes Cosmo.
    • When she reveals to Rosemaster that the Nightmare Knight has been helping the heroes the web address at the bottom becomes "cucumber.gigidigi.nononononononono", then it's in ALL CAPS, then it's "cucucucucucucucucucucumber.gigidigi.comcomcomcomc".
  • Painting the Medium:
    • This page actually uses the IPA phonetic alphabet to demonstrate It Is Pronounced Tro PAY.
    • 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, 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 (which get upgraded to a super fancy script when she's in her Crocus-powered giant mode), and Glitchmaster gets text boxes akin to old RPGs like EarthBound.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Baguette.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Caketown's knights aren't exactly the proactive sort.
    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.
  • Playing Tennis with the Boss: At one point Almond defeats Peridot by deflecting her petrification spell back at her with a sword, Legend of Zelda style, which she dodges, but falls off her broomstick/wand thing and is left disarmed in the process.
  • Pocket Dimension: The "Limbo Zone"
  • Poke the Poodle: Insulting Legato in any way gets you saddled with a bad role in his play.
  • The Power of Love: The catalyst for Carrot's Heroic Second Wind.
  • Prepare to Die: The BLT to Cucumber.
  • Prolonged Prologue: The comic opened with a prologue and a "chapter zero" before finally starting chapter one over nine months into its run.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: The BLT Trio.
  • Rainbow Speak: Phrases occasionally show up in a colored font, adding to the video game feel.
  • The Rant: Each page usually has a facetious little comment underneath. When it's not there, you know things are serious.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning:
    • Nightmare Knight's 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, Glitchmaster creates a hologram of the Nightmare Knight to communicate with the heroes; he has red eyes instead of yellow, and is significantly more ruthless than the real deal.
    • Rosemaster typically has Hidden Eyes but she shows one bright red eye while dragging her claws down the surface of a mirror.
  • Redhead In Green: Cucumber and Rosemaster, though the latter is a more literal example than most. Inverted with Peridot disguised as "Marigold" (actually orange but close enough).
  • Refusal of the Call: Cucumber thinks he's probably the least qualified person to save the world and wants to go to school. No one will have any of it.
  • Rhetorical Request Blunder:
    • Cucumber absentmindedly wishes that he could know where Saturday is—and Saturday is immediately teleported right in front of him. Nautilus realizes what's up:
      Nautilus: We didn't see it, but a star must have passed by right when you made that absentminded wish just now!
      Cucumber: Huh?! If I'd known that, I would have made a good one!
    • In one of the Fourth Wall Mail Slot segments, Cucumber is asked if he would ever act again, following his "performance" at Legato Manor:
      Almond: Picture this, Cuco: You and me on a big stage... me as the brave heroine, and you as the helpless damsel! It works, right?
      Cucumber: Wouldn't you have to carry me or something?
      Cucumber: That waSN'T A CHALLENGE
  • 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.
  • Rubber-Forehead Aliens: Despite looking vaguely feline in appearance, there's nothing to suggest Cordelia is anything but an exceptionally pointy rabbit. Cosmo, however, is a bit easier to recognize as being from the Moon.
  • Scenery Porn: Gigi's done some pretty, captivating backgrounds during her run of the comic so far. It really adds to the fantasy world the characters live in.
  • Schizo Tech:
  • 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.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The Nightmare Knight.
  • Serious Business: Limbo in the Ripple Kingdom. Heck challenge someone to a Limbo Duel, and they have a limbo dimension prepared so that they can "battle for limbo supremacy".
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: On the rare moments when the comic takes a more serious tone, Gigi has been known to stop providing witty commentary in The Rant, such as here and here.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Sibling Yin-Yang:
    • Cucumber and Almond (also a case of Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy)— Cuco is a thoughtful, somewhat cowardly mage, while Almond is a rash and headstrong swordswoman. For a more subtle comparison, look at their handwriting: Cucumber has very neat script handwriting, while Almond's looks like she used crayons.
    • Baguette bakes bread and is cynical and brash, while Tartelette bakes pastries and other sweets and is polite and pleasant.
  • Show Within a Show: Pretty Protector Punisher Pumice, a Magical Girl show that Almond likes. She's also a fan of Hyper the SpeedSword (a Captain Ersatz of Sonic the Hedgehog), but that one was cancelled after two episodes.
  • Similar Squad: Gherkin and Peanut, the original brother/sister pair who fought the Nightmare Knight, to Cucumber and Almond.
  • Single Tear: Shed when they reject the pizza guys' arrival.
  • Speech Impediment: Grizzlygum has a lisp.
  • 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.
    • Cordelia asks the Nightmare Knight why he doesn't just "defeat the hero yourself? Right now?" She narrowly escapes being punished for her insubordination.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: "When's the last time you ever heard of a little sister becoming a legendary hero?"
  • Stealth Pun:
    • Grizzlygum is a bear with no teeth, just gums. In short, he's a GUMMY bear.
    • The limbo zone. It's made for playing limbo, obviously. It's also a state of limbo.
  • The Storyteller: Princess Nautilis, as part of her role.
  • Stylistic Suck: Legato's truly awful play Magnificent Prince Crescendo, most of which revolves around how beautiful the character he wrote for himself is.
  • Sugar Bowl: The comic's world is notably VERY reminiscent of Candy Land.
  • Suspicious Video Game Generosity: Nautilus tells Cucumber to be on his guard, as Splashmaster could be anywhere. Gigi's end-of-page text discusses it:
    But you havenít hit a save point yet, so I think youíre okay.
  • Take That, Audience!: The footnote at the bottom of this comic is likely a subtle jab at the kind of people that pester Gigi Digi about continuing Hiimdaisy.
  • Take Your Time: The Timed Mission to stop Noisemaster's Kill Sat is played with in two ways:
  • Talking the Monster to Death: Cucumber tries this on Noisemaster.
  • Talk to the Fist: Tomato wastes his time boasting at Almond. She takes the opportunity to whack him in the face.
  • Theme Naming: The theme varies based on the kingdom. The Doughnut denizens are named after foods, the Ripple residents are named after sea life, the Melody kingdom's theme is, obviously, music and musical instruments and the Flower Kingdom natives are named after plants and florae. 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.
  • This Cannot Be!: Cordelia pulls this one off, and the Nightmare Knight lampshades it. The Image Source.
  • Threshold Guardian: The BLT squad. Grizzlygum.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Bacon gets a standing ovation! And why wouldn't he? His performance as Witch-Queen Xylophonia was amazing!
  • 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.
  • Training from Hell: How Nautilus became a "limbo master"
  • A Twinkle in the Sky: Here and here.
  • Unsound Effect:
    • Doors closing with the sound effect "shut" appears to be becoming a minor Running Gag.
    • Readers of Hiimdaisy will already be familiar with the all-purpose sound effect "PFFT."
  • Unusual Ears: The Dream Oracle's resemble membranous wings.
  • 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.
  • Valley Girl: Arguably Lettuce, and Tulip of the Princess R contest.
  • 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 Cyclethe 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. Demonstrated with the Disaster Masters:
    • Noisemaster had lost faith in his leader because of this trope, and tried to leave some mark on the world, only to be foiled by the Nightmare Knight himself.
    • Rosemaster's conversation with the Nightmare Knight is about how they seemed so powerful when they started, but now they were just going through the motions. Rosemaster herself lost her drive for victory (finding it pointless to torment innocent Dreamside denizens whom she had no personal quarrel with), but pushed herself anyway under the assumption that it would help the Nightmare Knight out of his Villain Decay.
  • Villainous Crush: A rather obvious one from Peridot, on Almond. Supported by Word of God, and lampshaded by Cabbage very publicly here.
  • Villainous Friendship: An apparent type I between Cordelia and Peridot, as well as an Intergenerational Friendship.
  • 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.
  • Wall of Blather: Grizzlygum, complaining, gets this.
  • Wham Line:
    Chardonnay: We just have to be sure every hero is clear on this stuff, y'know?
  • Wham Shot: The blast from Noisemaster's cannon being stopped by a starry, purple forcefield...
  • Widely Spaced Jail Bars: Cucumber's dad's cell. Lampshaded in the description text.
    What do you mean, I could probably slip right through the bars? I know you canít tell, but Iíve gained a lot of weight in here, son.
  • Weird Sun: The sun of Dreamside is basically the cheerful sentient envelope of a hot air balloon piloted by a princess.
  • Wine Is Classy: Cordelia in this bit of artwork.
  • A Wizard Did It: How a flat planet physically works.
    Wizards, wizards, wizards, wizards, wizards, wizards, wizards, w
  • World of Snark: Pretty much every named character has some snarky moments, whether it be as a Deadpan Snarker or another type of snarker.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Tomato threatens Almond, saying he has no qualms about hitting a girl. Almond never gives him the chance.
  • 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.