Webcomic / Dark Legacy Comics
Dark Legacy Comics
is a World of Warcraft
, maintained by Arad Keydar. It follows the adventures of Keydar's guild, Dark Legacy
(which the author left in-game since the webcomic's creation). The regular cast includes the creator's character, Keydar, a human rogue
, Gigzara (or Gigz), an elven priest with a Hair-Trigger Temper
, Mijikai and Narya, respectively a gnome warrior and mage, Nyteblade (or Nyte), Narya's human rogue wife, Krom, a rather grumpy human paladin, and Donald, an increasingly stupid
representation of the Noob
The comic usually sticks to the gag-per-day/week format, however there have been two major arcs: The Horace Hypocrisy
- which details what would happen if the NPCs
started a revolution - and Bill #307a
, in which Keydar helps The Society For The Betterment of NPCs pass a bill which outlaws the killing of any NPC. As a result of the guild's favourite game mechanics
, Keydar quickly realizes that was a bad idea
This show provides examples of:
- Allegedly Free Game: While WoW isn't one, being subscription-based, the problem with these is discussed here.
- Alternate Self: The group's Horde counterparts: Krüm (Krom), Gugs (Gigz), Ronald (Donald), Mojo (Miji) and Norbo (Narya). Nyte's undead counterpart and Keydar's orc counterpart are so far unnamed.
- Annoying Video-Game Helper: Keydar has trouble with his Shado-Pan partner, so he sets her up with an even worse partner.
- Ascended Extra: Horace and Gretta started out as minor characters, appearing in gags centered around Protagonist-Centered Morality, and ended up becoming the driving force for the NPC rebellion story arc.
- Aerith and Bob
- All Just a Dream /Deus ex Machina: Lampshaded here.
- Appeal to Worse Problems: Miji is planning his Holloween costume to scientifically optimize candy intake, but Narya complains that he's ignoring the issue of bill 307a, which bans the killing of NPCs, thus disrupting Azeroth's economy. Miji gets so fed up that he gets King Varian to repeal the bill, so he can get back to Godzilla Elmo.
- Armor-Piercing Question: Donald, of all people, gives a brutal one to Nyte and Krom. It was totally unintentional, but still...
Nyte: Donald, we can't take [your stupidity] anymore, we just can't.
Krom: You're always screwing around, you barely comprehend the simplest of directions, what the hell are you doing with your life?
Donald: I am playing a video game and it is fun and I am having fun! Why, what is you doing with your lives?
- Art Evolution: The first comics were generally made up of simply drawn characters on a plain white background, but since then the art has become a lot better, and nicer to look at. For an example, see one of the updated comics above the original.
- Artifact Title: The guild Dark Legacy that gave the name to the comic no longer exists in-game, and many of its former members — including many the players who were the inspiration for their namesake characters — have stopped playing.
- Aside Glance: "What do you think this is, some kind of badly written melodrama?!"
- Author Avatar: Justified, in that Keydar is the creator's character.
- Ax-Crazy: Gigz absolutely delights in butchering anything and anyone in her "Gigz's Kitchen" strips.
- Cruella to Animals: In this strip, Gigz mentions that the happier something (in this case, a young calf) is before you kill and eat it, the tastier it will be. Narya tries to stop this by intentionally trying to make the calf cry, but Gigz just says that intense grief, while not as tasty as happiness, is still pretty good.
- Badass Adorable: Miji's past self, from when the comic characters were still drawn super-deformed. The clones also count as they are clones of Miji's past self.
- Bald of Awesome: Narya tries to use the Worgen curse to permanently cure his baldness, and turns himself and Miji into Worgen-Gnomes, covered completely in fur, except for the tops of their heads. Miji says "you can't cure awesome".
- Be Careful What You Wish For: 8 years ago, Keydar made a wish that he'd have all the gold he desires, today he's cursing that wish as all his loot rolls are giving him gold instead of the loot he wants.
- Berserk Button: Never tell Donald that a raid boss ate Santa. Here's why.
- Blessed with Suck: In Northrend, Horace gets promoted to an important NPC role, and it comes with perks like automatic respawn, instead of Gretta having to pay resurrection fees. Unfortunately, instead of being a mob for a Kill # of X type quest, "Foreman Horace" is a specific target, with the added insult that players spit on him after killing him, as per the quest objective.
- Breaking Speech: Albeit unintentional, Nyte delivers a mean, two-minute long one to the complainers.
- On another occasion she deliberately gives one to a PVPer who won't stop criticizing everyone else. Afterwards, Gigz tells her that when she told Nyte to "break him", she meant his legs.
- Bribing Your Way to Victory: Free-to-play sucks.
- Brick Joke: Fred, the boot introduced in this comic, is finally freed from Donald after Narya's attempt to repair his hat goes a little awry. Seen again when Miji loots him off Horace.
- Butt-Monkey: If something comically bad is going to happen to someone, about 70% of time it'll be Keydar, the other 30% is Narya. granted most of the time they bring it on themselves.
- Clothing Reflects Personality / Expressive Shirt: Donald's outfit reflects his stupidity and emotional state. It goes from disheveled to proper when he temporarily gains intelligence, and vice versa, and the picture of the cat matches whatever emotion he's feeling. This extends to Ronald, Donald's Horde counterpart.
- Comically Missing the Point: Donald's attempt at healing involves bandages, lots and lots of bandages, as opposed to the healing spells that priests have. Nyte and Krom chew him out after they get killed as the bandages are too weak, so Donald promises not to use them again, and switches from linen bandages to wool bandages.
- Continuity Nod: Here we see Miji trying to kill a kobold with a sword that his clones looted in the Firelands some months prior.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: Invoked. Nyte gave one to one of her guild members, after he boasted one too many times that he was better at DPS, and that he expected better from raid leaders. He did have the intelligence to realize his mistake:
Krom: Jesus. You made him the raid leader for the rest of the night?
Nyte: Nothing in the guild charter prohibits cruel and unusual punishment.
- Critical Failure: In World Of Warcraft, engineer-made gadgets have a slim chance of critically malfunctioning whenever they are used. Notably, the Ultrasafe Transporter has a high probability of critical failures, including transporting you a hundred yards in the air over your expected arrival point. This is parodied here.
Narya: Nothing says 'engineering' like a 20% chance to fail.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Donald. Getting him to be an effective fighter only works once a year... luckily.
- Cruel Mercy: Gretta did not kill Horace for his trip down the slippery slope during the NPC rebellion and instead chose a more "sophisticated" solution. He was forced to work at the daycare center babysitting the young NPCs. And Donald.
- Didn't Think This Through: Keydar becomes a quest giver, thinking it'll make him rich, but Miji points out the quest givers pay the PCs, so how's he supposed to get rich? Worse, the quest is an escort quest through an Orc camp, and if the PC fails, then Keydar gets stuck in the middle of hostile territory. Before Keydar can change his mind, Miji accepts the quest, forcing Keydar to blindly walk into a bunch of Orcs.
- The Ditz: Donald.
- Dragon Their Feet: After Miji uses his clone army to take over, the rest of the group kills his clones and takes Miji down. Krom and Nyte wonder if they got all the clones, it turns out they missed #1 and #2, because Donald rescued them thinking they were orphans.
- Eat the Dog: When killing NPCs becomes illegal, the player characters are eventually forced to come up with alternate sources of meat... such as their (or other people's) mounts, which are not classified as NPCs. Their high cost keeps them from being a reliable source of food, though.
- False Dichotomy: Smart!Marmalade doesn't like the "or" in "Trick or Treat".
- Fire-Breathing Diner: The clones get a serious case of this when they eat some peppers from Gigz's garden.
- Five-Man Band:
- Flanderization: Donald was originally just a character representing a terrible player and throughout the run of the comic, has become a hopeless Manchild with a Speech Impediment.
- Apparently his Manchild persona was caused by freak time-travel accident. 
- Another comic shows he apparently really is a child in real life.
- Flat "What.": Narya's response to Donald's attempt at Symbol Swearing.
- "Flowers for Algernon" Syndrome: Donald gets one here
- Fountain of Youth: Used in "The Quest Chain" arc.
- Four-Fingered Hands: Explained here.
- Frying Pan of Doom: Gigz can Dual Wield them.
- Funny Background Event: In this comic, Narya and Krom discuss a previous arc while Donald ballet dances in the background.
- Furry Confusion: Donald sees a tauren eating a hamburger, and thinks he's a cannibal.
- Ghost Planet: When the clones unleash the Scourge on Azeroth, Mijikai and Donald are the only ones left. Miji recognizes what a golden opportunity this is, as no other players means no competition in battlegrounds, fishing tournaments and rare spawns.
- Girlfriend in Canada: When Gigz and Nyte are comparing their bodyguards, Donald chimes in that he has a bodyguard too. Since said bodyguard isn't around, the pair thinks he's making it up, with Gigz even saying she lives in Canada. The bodyguard turns out to be very real, and due to Donald being Donald, he chose one of the boats from his naval fleet as his bodyguard.
- Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Or it would be if it happens.
- Giving Them the Strip: Clone protocol 18.
- Gone Horribly Right: In one strip Narya invents goggles that let him see other people's chat panels. He ends up burning them after some of the things he reads.
- Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: Poor Narya. On two occasions he was de-aged with water from the Fountain of Youth, the first time it showed him with more hair on his head, but still bald on the top. On the second time, he intends to drink himself to his teenage years before he lost any hair, and he still had male pattern baldness. Summarized nicely here.
- Half-Breed Discrimination: Flo was a goblin who taunted other NPC races because she was getting an upgrade to PC status with the Cataclysm. When she gets called out by a worgen, who bites her, she calls racism when it turns out "woblins" need not apply.
- High Turnover Rate: Dark Legacy has a high turnover rate, due to how Jerkass the core group is.
- Hypocritical Humor: When Narya builds another rocket to fly to space, he intends to pay someone to test it for him. Krom says no one is going to put throw themselves into certain death for monetary gain; Nerya then calls him out because he raids.
: So how many times did you wipe
in last night's raid again?
- If You Die, I Call Your Stuff: The closest thing to true death for a PC is to quit the game, so when one of Keydar's friends is about to unsubscribe, he acts really nice to her; when she says she already gave away her gold, then he moves onto someone else who's about to quit.
- I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: Mijikai is annoying another player with various emoticons, so she responds with a "flash boobs" emoticon, which shuts him down real quick.
- I Need a Freaking Drink: Krom as a result of being the raid leader.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Gigz is a night elf. Most of her recipes involve cooking druids, which are usually other night elves, or feeding gnomes to Miji, who's a gnome. This started off as a joke and has slowly gotten more frightening over time.
- Impossible Insurance: Keydar's health insurance doesn't cover broken collarbones, in fact, they just take a monthly fee and never make payouts.
- Infant Immortality: When Narya and Keydar notice that children are immune to damage, Keydar thinks that if they were children they could easily beat Mythic Raids. Narya says children can't deal damage either, so they try plan B: wear the children as armor.
- Infinite Canvas: #370 is very tall.
- Jerkass: Krom, mostly from constantly being the Only Sane Man.
- Just Eat Gilligan: The idea is shot down.
- Lame Pun Reaction: #2 has a problem with bag space because he never throws anything away, so he comes up with a plan to put bags in his bags, and more bags in those bags, essentially creating infinite bag space, which crashes the server. Kaydar says he did it "FOR THE HOARD". Nyte is not amused.
- Lethal Chef: While Gigz's food is quite good, the method's she uses to procure it are quite lethal.
- Lethal Joke Item: Narya's Flocculent Manacles, a pair of fuzzy handcuffs; Krom thinks they're just a silly novelty item, while Marmalade manages to incinerate Deathwing with them!
- Let Us Never Speak of This Again: Mr. Krom Goes to Hell (i.e. Looking For Raid).
- Loophole Abuse: Bill 307a prohibited PCs from harming NPCs, but said nothing about NPCs hurting other NPCs, so Krom pretended to be Edwin VanCleef so he could taunt Horace.
- Loot Drama (In-Universe): Back in Vanilla, Keydar accused Nyte of abusing her position as loot master to get loot as they were both rogues and competed over the same drops. When WoW added personal loot where the computer gives out the loot, Nyte loves it.
- Man, I Feel Like a Woman: Mijikai finds a bag of potions and tries some, which cause him to turn into various things: a skeleton, a pirate, a furbolg, a trogg, and a female Blood Elf. He locks himself in his house for days.
- Meaningful Name: Mijikai means 'short' in Japanese (though not used in the context of size).
- Medium Awareness: The characters in the comic are fully aware they are PCs and NPCs in World of Warcraft, they can also be seeing playing with the quest giver icons and their own name plates.
- Meet Your Early Installment Weirdness: Miji and Narya end up in five years in the past thanks to a time machine, where they are puzzled by a featureless white space for a background as well as their own Super-Deformed selves from the comic's beginning. And because just meeting his early installment weirdness apparently isn't quite Mind Screwy enough, Miji decides to Adopt his Early Installment Weirdness-self, taking his past-self back into the present with him, in spite of Narya's protests.
- Mirror Self: It turns out that the characters have mirror selves on the other side. The protagonists are Alliance characters in World of Warcraft, so their mirror selves are Horde. This makes at least one character frustrated and at least one (*2) character(s) happy.
- Mistaken for an Imposter: The clones don't understand Halloween, and spend the day unmasking the other characters in their costumes, by pulling off their fake heads. They then meet a real Pandaren Monk, hilarity and a real painful death ensue.
- Mistaken for Pedophile: Narya ends up in prison when a guard thinks he's a pedophile because Nyte (his wife) has been turned into a child. He proves his innocence when he decurses Nyte back into an adult, but she was playing with Prince Anduin at the time, and she gets thrown in jail.
- Money, Dear Boy: Arad was away from his computer and couldn't do a comic that week, so instead he posted a bunch of sketches he did, until a sketch of #2 appears and tells him his sketches are boring. He argues that he has a life outside the comic, but #2 asks if "real life" gets ad revenue.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Keydar and Gigz see some children pretending to be adventurers and think they are being good role models for them, but then the kids pretend to quest and kill gnomes for money, and they realize what poor role models they are.
- Never Trust A Hair-Growth Gun: Miji learned this the hard way. And then the trope was subverted when Narya found out it does work, as long as it is aimed at one's scalp.
- Ninja Looting: With genuine ninjas.
- No Respect Guy: Krom gets fed up with healing as it's a thankless job, so he takes up tanking, only to find out that tanking gets even less respect. He respecs to DPS as he'd rather keep his sanity.
- "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: Yes he really did take a boat to Stonetalon Mountains, and he's got a screenshot to prove it.
- Not So Different: Keydar's depressing realization that the gearing cycle is just as pointless as Donald's crafting achievements, except Donald doesn't mind the pointlessness of the whole thing.
- Not Worth Killing: This bandicoon is just a critter, overshadowed by battle pets, who are overshadowed by mobs, who are overshadowed by rare mobs. By the end of the comic the rare was killed since he was a rare, the mob was killed as a quest target, and the battle pet was caught (by Donald), while the bandicoon gets loved for an achievement.
- Only Sane Man: Krom, occasionally Nyte as well.
- Oh, Crap!: Narya when he realizes Mijikai didn't know Darnassus was built atop a giant tree. Miji creates a tidal wave by cannonballing off Teldrassil.
- Out-of-Character Alert: The clones try to cheer up Miji by telling him that Krom has cancelled tonight's raid; Miji knows that "Krom", "cancel" and "raid" do not belong in the same sentence.
- Plotline Death: Discussed here when Miji and Narya watch a cutscene of an NPC who sacrifices herself to seal an evil portal, telling Gigz that she can't be revived because it's part of the story. Gigz then tries to invoke this on Krom by pretending that his latest death was part of a cutscene.
- Precision F-Strike: Coming from a boot, of all things when Donald becomes its new owner.
- Prematurely Bald: Poor Narya.
- Rant-Inducing Slight: Kil'jaeden is discussing the next phase of the Burning Legion's invasion of Azeroth. After burning their cities and pillaging their lands, he decides to invade at times inconvenient to their work schedules. This pisses off the player base.
- Revive Kills Zombie: After playing Final Fantasy Keydar tries this on the Forsaken; it doesn't work.
- Road Trip Across the Street: Narya tells Miji that flying is enabled in Draenor, which is convenient as he needs to deliver some Neural Silencers to Krom; so instead of walking, he can fly... to the mailbox across the road.
- Rodents of Unusual Size: Narya gets disguised as one in order to infiltrate the Society for the Betterment of NPCs. Gretta proceeds to quote the trope almost verbatim after making the "rat" a little more visually appealing.
- Rouge Angles of Satin: Parodied.
- Royal Brat: Prince Anduin eventually grew into this, probably because of the abuse the rest of the cast did to him when he was younger.
- Running Gag:
- The 'Gigz' Kitchen' skit.
- Narya's changes of hairstyles, which have now become a T-Shirt design.
- Science Fantasy: Krom is annoyed by Narya and Miji's attempt to build a computer so they can build a new spaceship, as science fiction doesn't belong in World of Warcraft. Just don't pay any attention to the space goat wanting to roll a shaman.
- The Scrooge: Miji has a lot of money, but refuses to spend or share any of it, as shown in several comics.
- Self-Deprecating Humor: Keydar is not only the character of the comic's creator, but also the second-biggest ditz (after Donald).
- Shoot the Medic First: This is part of Phase One of the NPCs' revolution.
- Smart Ball: Narya's Grand Goggles of Genius can make geniuses out of Marmalade and Donald.
- Spoof Aesop: "So remember: Whenever you choose NOT to kill a bunny... Somewhere in the world, a cute little gnome is mauled to death and subsequently devoured by a genetically modified super-wolf."
- Straight Gay: Keydar asks out men on two separate occasions. The second time, the guy calls him a fag. See the We Really Do Care entry below for how hilariously badly that ends for him.
- Straw Hypocrite: Horace in The Horace Hypocrisy, he launches a crusade to have the NPCs oust the PCs, which leads to him becoming king while the rest of the NPCs suffer because of the economic collapse without the PCs. The status quo is restored when Nyte disguised as Sally Whitemane points out that the real power was with the vendors, quest givers and elite bosses, not the PCs; and he was jealous because he was a lowly quest target who kept getting killed.
- Symbol Swearing: This episode has Donald stub his toe and yell "And dollars at star number!" After repeating it a few times, another character tells him he really needs to turn off his &$@*# profanity filter.
- Telefrag: Miji and Narya try to hack their hearthstones to remove the cooldown timer, but they turn off the collision detection instead. At least the guy Narya fragged won't be missed.
- The Alcoholic: Krom spent most of Vanilla drunk due to being the only raid leader.
- Time Travel Romance: Narya used his time machine to get away from everyone who hates him, which forces him to go back several decades. He takes the name Harry, falls in love and starts a family; but it all goes to Hell when his first born is Mijikai.
- Too Dumb to Live: Seriously Keydar, how hard is it to resist licking you fingers after coating your knives in poison?
- [Trope Name]: Done once, after the author broke his arm.
- 20 Bear Asses: 5a. Gather 10 bear meats. "You know, if you had mentioned that you were some kind of magical meatless bear, you could have saved us both the trouble!"
- The Un-Smile: Krom tried to smile once.
- We Really Do Care: A rather... unorthodox example, but when a high level warrior Keydar admired broke his heart, the rest of the group made him very sorry for it. There's something twistedly cathartic about seeing a group of Heroic Sociopaths who are normally hyper-antagonistic toward one another come together like that.
- Wham Line: "These are priest talents." note
- What Measure Is a Mook?: Mijikai kills a kobold for a quest drop, and discovers he has a family; to Miji that means more kobolds to kill.
- Who's Laughing Now?: When the guild discovers the Fountain of Youth, they all get turned into small children, save Narya who ended up as middle-aged, and then uses decurse to restore Mijikai. When the others ask to be changed back, Narya refuses, laughing that the two gnomes are now the tallest members of the group and want revenge.
- Wimp Fight: Narya and Marmalade.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: Horace gets another promotion, this time to Elite status; too bad Marmalade had some new equipment.
- Your Brain Won't Be Much of a Meal: When the clones unleash the Scourge on Azeroth, the zombies naturally look for brains, leaving Donald as the only uninfected person in Stormwind.
- Another time Gigz tries to cook Nayra. After he repeately fails to realize this via her various obvious attempts, she comments that on second though, she "May not have enough meat for this dish"
- Zombie Advocate: Keydar joins a group that supports NPC rights, culminating in violence towards NPCs being made illegal. Of course, in the world of an MMO, killing NPCs is integral to society, so the economy crumbles and people starve since they can't get meat or loot anything.
- Zombie Apocalypse: The clones attack their Well Fed buff and find that Blizzard had re-purposed an old debuff to make it, the "You're a Zombie!" debuff from the Scourge invasion event.