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Webcomic: Knights Of Buena Vista
A perfect outfit for playing a Badass Princess.

Adriana: "It looks like Arendelle has a new queen."
Mary: "Dibs on playing her spunky, plucky sister!"

Knights of Buena Vista is a Campaign Comic covering mainly the Disney Animated Canon and a few other Disney works and Pixar films.

Frozen is the first work to be covered, beginning with all the player characters dying in battle, including the king and queen of Arendelle (a kingdom they founded). Fortunately those characters had daughters, and we follow the subsequent adventures as Elsa is crowned queen.

The group consists of:
  • Walter, the Game Master.
  • Adriana, a min-maxer who played the king before and is currently playing Elsa.
  • Mary, an action-loving player who played the queen and is now playing Anna.
  • Bill, is Adriana's brother and Mary's fiance, who is playing Hans.
  • Ilene, who plays Olaf (first plays the unseen regent of Arendelle).
  • Dick, who is playing Kristoff.

This is the first strip, and links to all following strips.

Warning: This comic will have spoilers for the films shown.

Tropes in the comic and author's notes:

  • Actually Pretty Funny: Walter thinks this happens when he describes Weselton's Dodgy Toupee, but Mary and Adriana are more laughing at his comically bad NPC accent.
  • Adaptational Villainy: The bishop at the coronation was just a guy doing his job. Here he tries to control the kingdom by hypnotizing Elsa. This is later subverted when it turns out the real bishop was locked away and a magical doppelganger took his place.
  • Adaptation Expansion: Scenes are made up, happen off panel, and are then discussed later.
  • The Alcoholic: Adriana and Bill have an aunt who likes to drink.
  • Alliterative List: Adriana comes up with one to describe the bishop's treachery.
  • Anachronism Stew: Like in Frozen, the setting has a bunch of stuff out of time, such as Haagan-Dazs existing over a century before it was founded. Mary wouldn't mind so much if the setting didn't exclude Ninja.
  • Angst? What Angst?: invokedAdraiana needs just a few extra points, and decides on the tragic backstory flaw, asking Mary if her character nearly killed Mary's character accidentally when they were kids. Mary thinks that's awesome, and Dick snarks about how they're making out childhood trauma to be a cool thing.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: Elsa can cause this, but only under certain conditions. Walter avoids this by banning gummi worms from the campaign.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Although Walter thinks barons are more evil than dukes, so he makes Weselton a baron instead.
  • Aroused by Their Voice: Apparently Bill can do a pretty hot Billy Dee Williams voice.
  • Bad Bad Acting: Mary's in character acting is really bad, and Walter bites his tongue to avoid saying anything. The exception is when there is action involved. So when she gets excited to do even normal scenes, her acting improves overall, and the bad acting eventually goes away.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comparison: Weselton asks Gustav how it feels to be serving a witch (after Elsa reveals her powers), and Gustav says he isn't happy, but enough about his wife. Then Gustav's player uses an app on her phone to make a Rimshot (which Walter asks Ilene not to do again).
  • Battle Amongst the Flames: When Mary guesses that Hans might be a villain, she says she hopes he and Anna have "an epic battle over a live volcano".
  • Berserk Button: Do not compare any band to Nickelback around Walter. Dick learns this the hard way when he calls ABBA "the Nickelback of The Seventies".
  • Big "NO!": When Gustav has the fake bishop cornered, the bishop wins initiative and stabs Gustav. Anna shouts this, since she wouldn't know the wound wasn't fatal (was only three damage)
  • Big "YES!": Mary does about three, each on successively bigger, when Bill proposes.
  • Bishie Sparkle: When Anna falls for Hans, Mary describes it as seeing sparkles around his face.
  • Bland-Name Product: "Sorcery The Rendezvous" for Magic The Gathering.
  • Blatant Lies: Walter claiming he didn't notice that Mary's in-character acting stinks.
  • Brain Bleach: After it turns out that Mary likes to wear furs and swimsuits in private with Bill, his sister then realizes that Mary then let her borrow those furs. The implications of that make Adriana nearly sick.
  • Burn the Witch!: Weselton's role in the comic seems to be upgraded from being bigoted to being an outright witch hunter.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Bill proposes to Mary, she thinks he's roleplaying his player character proposing to hers. Then Bill remembers to pull out the ring.
  • Companion Cube: Adriana names her dice. Her 20-sided die is named Becky.
  • Cool but Stupid: Mary's feelings about Michael Bay movies.
    "I know his movies are really stupid. That's WHY I like them."
  • Critical Failure: When Elsa tries to melt her ice bridge, Adriana rolls a one. So instead of melting, or merely staying as it is, the ice spreads to the rest of the fjord.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Dick is this in the group, but others have their moments.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: After Adriana is squicked out when she though that her brother had sex with Mary while she wore her furs, and then let Mary borrow them, Mary assured her that she and Bill did nothing of the sort. Bill just took pictures of Mary while she wore her furs over skimpy clothing. Adriana is not relieved by this information.
  • Discredited Meme:invoked Although Walter's swear jar isn't serious, he does have "an overused reference jar", and is serious about it.
  • Discussed Trope: Mary and Adriana compare the backstory with Anna and Elsa to the McClanes in Die Hard, in the sense of two people in love become estranged and have to overcome it.
  • Doomed Hometown: This is what Ilene says is Olaf's backstory, but it's likely not going to turn out that way.
  • Dramatic Unmask: Doesn't reveal a person underneath, but empty air.
  • Dump Stat: Mary considers charisma to be this, and is shocked that Bill focused on it.
  • Endless Winter: When there is enough magical ice in one place, the surrounding area will become winter until the ice is melted.
  • Evil Twin: Mary thinks the fake bishop is the real bishop's twin, but he doesn't have any brothers.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Mary rolls a 2 when it turns out Anna is running along the same street Hans is riding. That's how Anna falls into the boat.
    • This is also why Elsa doesn't notice that she froze the whole fjord.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: In-Universe, Mary does not recognize any Die Hard films past the third one.
  • Flaming Sword: Played with. Mary had the castle guards set a bunch of swords on fire to make them look like elemental weapons, so they could scare off some frost giants. It shouldn't have worked, since they swords weren't glowing red (from the heat, not from Power Glows), but Bill's charisma allowed the bluff to work.
  • Foreshadowing: Walter fixes a goof for Adriana (being hated and feared changed to only if her powers are revealed), but says he won't fudge another one.
  • Fourth Date Marriage: Mary thinks Bill is roleplaying a proposal to characters who just met, instead of to her. Then they decide to have their characters do just that.
    • This is averted with Mary and Bill themselves, who had known each other over three years before Bill proposed.
  • Fridge Logic: In-Universe, Walter doesn't think "hell" should be a swear word because it doesn't make sense.
  • Funetik Aksent: This is Exaggerated when Walter does such a bad accent with Weselton that Mary's thoughts describe it as mangling French, Scottish, and German all at once. Walter tones it down when Adriana wonders what a "kwen" (queen) is.
  • Gag Censor: When characters swear, it's replaced with "(swear jar)".
  • Genre Savvy: As soon as Walter describes Weselton, all five players call him out as a bad guy. Walter can't even deny it.
  • Going Fur a Swim: Mary mentions that wearing fur isn't too warm for summer, especially over a swimsuit.
  • G-Rated Drug: Mary chooses a random addiction flaw, and it's chocolate.
  • Heartbreak and Ice Cream: Adriana playing Elsa says she's "gonna find a carton of Haagan-Dazs and sprinkle it with my tears!".
  • His Name Really Is Barkeep: Mary has a habit of calling NPCs by their functions instead of their names. When she said this to the Bishop, Walter remembered that his name actually was Bishop.
  • Hypnotize the Princess: Mary recognizes the impersonator bishop's words during the coronation are really a spell to control Elsa.
  • An Ice Person: Adriana decides she wants to play Elsa as an ice sorceress, so like the movie, no further explanation for her powers are given.
  • I'm Melting: Subverted when Bill thinks Ilene's Snowlem character will melt in the summer, but it just turns out he will loose a hell of a lot of defense points in the heat (then Ilene realizes even that would be a problem).
  • The Ingenue: Mary plays Anna as so naive, she's scandalized by Elsa giving her "the talk", and insists that Hans would "never do such filthy things" to her.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Ninja: Subverted. Mary wants to play Anna as one, but Walter says there are no ninja in the setting. She settles on "acrobat" as the closest thing.
  • It's Fake Fur, It's Fine: The author's notes says that if a reader prefers, just say that Mary's furs are faux.
  • Jerkass: Weselton makes Fantastic Racism comments about Elsa, causing Anna to come this close to punching him.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Justified when Mary specifically points out that Anna's Pimped-Out Dress for the coronation has enough pleats on the skirt to do a Roundhouse Kick without any penalties.
  • The Loonie: Ilene, although early strips didn't show it much.
  • Love at First Sight: Bill has this as a charisma bonus, and that's how Anna falls for him.
  • Min-Maxing: Adriana overdoes this a lot, from a past incident which nearly started a war, to giving Elsa ice magic too strong to control.
    • Mary does a more reasonable amount of this to give Anna some agility points.
    • Walter soon declares a house rule to limit flaw points when starting out.
  • More Than Mind Control: The "Love At First Sight" bonus is not a mind control ability, so Anna falls for it despite having immunity to charm.
  • Nightmare Fuel: In-Universe, Mary is getting creeped out by how Walter is portraying Weselton.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: When Anna goes out to patrol the capital, Adriana says "what are you, Princess Cop?". Mary responds, "No, but I would watch every episode of that show!".
  • Noodle Incident: Walter isn't pleased with how much Elsa's ice abilities have been beefed up, and mentions the last time she tried to max up like that, which involved her flaws actually requiring "that the land would be torn by war".
    • Mary admits she really screwed up when she nearly drove the creatures in the Pride Lands to extinction.
    • Whatever happened the only time Mary went ice fishing (aside from her knowing what it would be like to be really cold below the waist). Bill says her grandfather still apologizes.
  • Noodle Implements: Elsa's flaws mean she can accidentally cause the apocalypse, but only when certain things happen. The only part of it stated is gummi worms, which Walter bans from the campaign.
    • So holy water makes sense for an exorcism, but why a two-by-four?
  • No Saving Throw: Downplayed. Walter says Adriana can't use one when the bishop is putting Elsa under a spell. It's to retaliate against her massive min maxing, but he also justifies it by pointing out Elsa would be too focused on not giving herself away.
  • No Social Skills: One of the flaws Mary chooses for Anna.
  • Not a Morning Person: One of the flaws Mary chose for Anna. Bedhead is also included, and Adriana is surprised that's actually a flaw. Mary is surprised Adriana doesn't have that section already memorized.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Being that Disney films aren't the most action-oriented, a few extra are thrown in "off panel".
    • The battle in the first strip. All that's stated is that the pirate "Blackbrace" has been slain, the king of Arendelle bit a squid man and lost modifiers due to setting off allergies, and that a giant shark pulled the ship down.
    • Instead of just meeting Hans, Anna is off to stop a robbery she overhears. Afterwards it turns out that the robbers might actually be thugs working for someone.
    • Anna, Hans, and Elsa fight off some frost giants. Later they come back for revenge.
  • Off the Rails: Adriana thinks that happened when her character's powers are revealed, but it really happened when the eternal winter was set off accidentally.
  • Oh, Crap: Walter's reaction to seeing Elsa's character sheet properly (he looked at it before but didn't notice quite what she had done).
    • Mary when she figures that Weselton is a witch hunter.
  • Overused Copycat Character: Dick is told to tweak his character when Walter realizes he's trying to play Han Solo.
  • Physical God: "Living God" is how strong Adriana makes Elsa's ice powers. Yet being that strong when a character is level one is considered a bad thing.
  • Plot Hole: invokedIn a rant, the author admits to noting a plot hole while making this very TV Tropes page, and then starting that strip with a couple of lines to fill it.
  • Power Incontinence: Elsa's chance of accidentally casting ice magic is a whopping 90%. Then she can't even control the effect, which is random.
  • Power Limiter: Elsa's gloves reduce the chance of accidentally using her powers by 80%.
  • Pretty in Mink: It's mentioned that Elsa's coronation cape was going to have ermine lining, but she sold off the pelts for a load of money. Her in character excuse was that all that fur would be too warm for summer.
    • Then it's revealed the ermine pelts were sold to Oaken. That's how Anna's winter outfit has the fur lining.
    • Mary has a number of furs, coming from a wealthy family.
  • Product Placement: Bill guesses this is why Haagan-Dazs is part of a 19th century setting, even though the company was founded in 1961.
  • The Rant: Short author's notes that accompany every strip.
  • The Real Man: Mary wants Anna to be a martial artist, and (at first) only really gets into character when there is action involved.
  • Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony: When Elsa tries to get through the crowd, she says she has an emergency one of these to attend.
  • The Roleplayer: The nature of the game (the XP if nothing else) encourages all the players to do this. But Bill is the most dedicated, from choosing music to set the tone to passing notes to the GM.
    • Adriana is shocked when Mary starts to get heavily into it.
  • Running Gag: Mary is not happy that she can't play a ninja.
    • People swearing, but "(swear jar)" is written instead.
  • Sarcasm Mode: Bill does this when he perceives Dick's character to be a bit boring (he changed his mind later).
  • Shout-Out: The names of the players refers to voice actors for some of the first Disney animated films, and the GM is named for Walt Disney.
    • The mega shark that pulls the ship down is a reference to Mega Shark Vs Giant Octopus.
    • Mary mentions "hadouken" from Street Fighter II and how she doesn't need those to knock a monster on its butt.
    • Bill says Hans is "on a diplomatic mission to Arendelle".
    • The author admits he isn't a serious roleplayer, so while some inaccuracies are likely, he will make sure to avoid anything on the level of Mazes and Monsters.
    • Although not The Loonie, Adriana has run into similar GM vetos as Mr. Welch.
    • When Anna hears robbers say "Your money or your life", she responds "Hang on, Jack Benny!".
    • When Anna falls for Hans, Mary says that she hears the love theme from Airplane.
    • Mary hopes one twist doesn't turn into a Scooby-Doo ending.
    • When Mary is about to chant a spell, Adriana tells her not to "cough the last part", referring to how Ash screwed up a spell in Army of Darkness.
    • When Mary accepts Bill's proposal by shouting "Yes!" a few times, Dick says "I'll have what she's having".
    • When Elsa asks if it's safe for her to leave the room, Mary then quotes from The Room.
    • When Elsa uses the ice bridge to Walk on Water, Adriana sings part of "Jesus He Knows Me" by Genesis.
  • Show Within a Show: Similar to how Darths & Droids doesn't use a defined game, this comic uses a fictional game called "FantasiaLand" which is a roleplaying game based on Fairy Tales instead of High Fantasy.
  • Soap Punishment: As part of thinking Sven can talk, Kristoff imagines Sven said something really offensive about Anna, and said he was going to wash Sven's mouth when he found some soap.
  • Socialite: Mary is one, even though she sill likes to Roleplay. Dick recounted a time when she was talking about trying to decapitate a dragon with an axe, while she was all dressed up to go to a cotillion.
  • Surfer Dude: Weselton's voiceless henchmen are this trope in the comic, and they wouldn't mind the winter if they had only brought their snowboards. They are called Rad (the one with the sideburns) and Rude (with the mustache). When the magic winter starts, Rad complains to himself that his nachos are getting cold.
  • Swear Jar: Walter has one, but it's less from being against swearing than a way to pay for pizza for the group.
  • The Talk: Adriana's character gives one to Mary's, who acts utterly scandalized.
  • Talking Animal: Played with. Sven still can't talk, but instead of talking for him, Kristoff thinks Sven can actually talk.
  • Tear Jerker: In-Universe, Mary and Dick respectively tear up and sob when thinking of Ordinary People.
  • Throw It In: In-Universe, Mary wants to give Anna policing skills, which is called "copper", but she wrote that for hair color, so others think Anna is a Redheaded Hero. Mary shrugs and goes with it.
  • Tomboy: Mary is this part time, or as she likes to call it, a "were tomboy".
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Mary is an inversion. Although most of her time playing fantasy games is tomboyish, she's actually a Girly Girl with a tomboy streak.
  • Total Party Kill: The comic starts off with the king and queen of Arendelle, and other unseen player characters, dying in battle with pirates.
  • Uptown Girl: Mary to Bill. Although Mary's family is gradually accepting him.
  • The Voice: Gustav, the regent of Arendelle until Elsa comes of age. He also takes the role again while Anna goes to find her sister.
  • Wild Mass Guessing: In-Universe. After Bill passes a note to the GM, Mary makes a lot of guesses as to who Hans might be, from a spy to a demigod.
  • You Don't Want to Catch This: When a woman asks the newly crowned Elsa to kiss her baby, Elsa says she thinks she's coming down with something.

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