Generic Title was inspired by DM of the Rings and Darths & Droids. As opposed to either of those, Generic Title is not a screencap comic, though - the images are 3D renders. The story is that of a fictional party of Dungeons & Dragons - players in just as fictional a campaign.The distinguishing trait is that during writing, when the script calls for a roll, a die (or several if needed) is rolled. As a result, the story is relatively unpredictable.
Generic Title provides examples of:
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: Gerod beheads a goblin sniper in a single blow.
- (Then again, they are mooks and as such designed to fall in one hit.)
- Art Evolution: Rather rapidly from undefined blobs to humanoids, and early on to boot.
- As of strip #78, the characters have faces.
- Author Appeal: Two of the four main characters are metalheads.
- Badass Beard: As hair is one of the few real distinguishing features, Gerod's character is sporting what he calls "Lemmy's Beard", an awesome muttonstache.
- Beat Panel: Used on occasion.
- "Blind Idiot" Translation: This strip features German dialogue that is quite obviously copypasted from Google Translate. Most definitely intentionally, considering the author is German
- Calling Your Attacks: Bubbles does it, often, loudly and gleefully.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Bubbles. Word of God states his alignment is "chaotic chaotic".
- Color-Coded Characters: The PCs' speech bubbles. Gerod is gray, Sarto orange, Bubbles pink. The GM is a light yellow (and so are all NPCs)
- Critical Failure: Rolling a 1 when jumping down somewhere would result in... missing the ground. You'd land on something less comfortable instead. Like a hedgehog. Or a jagged rock.
- Deadpan Snarker: Everyone to some extent, but Gerod takes the cake.
- Deep-Immersion Gaming
- Doomed Hometown: Not a town, but the inn the comic starts in gets sacked, thus kicking off the adventure.
- Duck!: In this strip, surprisingly not done by Bubbles.
- Easily Angered Shopkeeper: The innkeeper early on throws the party out (after generally being rather rude) because they did not have money for mead.
- Failed a Spot Check: After rolling a 1, Sarto walks headfirst into a city wall.
- Funetik Aksent: All the guards (and the King).
- Genre Savvy: All players to a certain extent.
- Gone Horribly Right: Gerod assaults a guard to get arrested and taken before the king to be judged... well, they get arrested and are supposed to be taken to the king. Sometime a lot later, it seems.
- Hammerspace: The characters wear tiny backpacks in which not even the starting equipment would fit, let alone the book and bottle Sarto picks up rather early on.
- Hey, That's My Line!: In "Guesswork":Sarto: 'Does it matter, as long as it's good stuff?'
Bubbles: '"Good stuff" is my job!'
- In and Out of Character: Used. Abused.
- It Makes Sense in Context:Bubbles: 'River. Fell in. [...] I thought I saw a cookie at the bottom.'
- Lawful Stupid: The party is arrested and put in a dungeon cell because (drum roll) Gerod kicked a guard in the shins.
- The Law of Conservation of Detail: Discussed, with a pinch of Red Herring for flavour.
- MacGuffin: The Grøn, whatever it may be.
- Malaproper: Bubbles calls the one spell he uses by several different names, only one of which is right.
- Mind Rape: Essentially what Phantasmal Force, the aforementioned spell, does.
- "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: The annotation to "Break a Leg":The worst bit? That is a real medical procedure.
- Not the Fall That Kills You: It's the landing on a hedgehog. Or a jagged rock. Or the drawn sword of an enemy who stands there. Or the gaping maw of a dragon. Or a cauldron of boiling oil. Or maybe another jag- well, you get the idea.
- Off with His Head!: The King, referring to Gerod.
- Overly Long Gag: All of "Low Roller".
- Precision F-Strike:Sarto: 'Belgium!'
- Prison Episode: The party spends some five episodes in a dungeon cell.
- Rail Roading: Mostly averted because the GM is making up stuff as he goes along anyway.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: More like influences it: Probably the most distinguishing trait of the comic are the real random dice rolls, after all.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Gerod's eyes glow red when Sarto claims not to know who Lemmy is. Or Bruce Dickinson.
- Retcon: In-Universe - Gerod totally always had that muttonstache.
- Rule of Cool: Why Grøn is spelled with an ø.
- Running Gag: Cookies!
- Shout-Out: Yep.
GM: 'It is pitch black. You are likely to be—'
- This strip is named after (and contains a line from) an Iron Maiden song.
- Bubbles quotes Star Wars when fighting a Goblin (quote seen above).
- Sarto using Belgium as a cuss word.
- To Zork:
Gerod: 'Shut it.'Bubbles: 'They'll never see us coming!'
Sarto: 'That's because we won't be coming!'
GM: 'Thank you, Simmons.'
- Talking to Himself: The GM when speaking for multiple NPCs. Discussed in-game.
- You All Meet in an Inn: Played with. The adventure actually starts in the basement of the inn.Bubbles: It's an inn!'
Sarto: 'An inn?'
Gerod: 'I act surprised.'
GM: 'Make a bluff roll.'