Le avventure del grande Darth Vader (in English: The adventures of the great Darth Vader) is an Italian webcomic about a dyslexic hacker and emulation nerd who goes by the nickname DARTH VADER (all capitals), always wears a Darth Vader costume, owns a real lightsaber and interacts with other emulation nerds (typically based on actual people who post in the newsgroup it.comp.software.emulatori) by means of jokes about emulation and retrogaming, slapstick and scatological humor. Usually, it has no continuity (to the point that people who die in an episode return in the next as if nothing had happened), but sometimes events that occurred in previous episodes are mentioned.
21 - not against a character but against a toy stand where the main character's name is misspelled
28 - the above-mentioned spammer shows up at a retrocomputing exhibit and is promptly jumped, then an idiot journalist justifies him and receives the same treatment
Bilingual Bonus: in episode 11, DARTH VADER reads a Christian fundamentalist newspaper. The subtitle of said newspaper is: Agnus cum leo iacebit, sed iactura pauce durabit, tamen cum maximo gaudio. This means: "The lamb will lie with the lion, but unfortunately it will not last long, although with maximum bliss", playing with the two meanings of the verb iacere = "to lie", which can simply mean "to rest in a horizontal position" or "to be the passive partner in a sexual intercourse".
Binocular Shot: Averted in episode 26, where the main character looks through binoculars, and what he sees is shown inside a single circle. There's even a "note for lamers" which explains that the cartoon represents what can be actually seen when looking through binoculars, as opposed to the two overlapping circles shown by "moviemaking faggots".
Crossover: in episodes 7, 10 and 15, DARTH VADER meets Gabe and Tycho from Penny Arcade. In episode 23 he meets James Rolfe, while in episodes 26, 27 and 28 he meets a character from Bova Byte, a monthly Italian comic strip published in the PC gaming magazine The Games Machine. Episode 32 is a full-fledged Bova Byte crossover, with DARTH VADER meeting its two main characters in a situation that lampshades the overuse of a particular gag in that comic.
Cut and Paste Comic: every time a character is shown, he is almost always in the same pose because it's never a new drawing, it's always a drawing that was already made that was copied and pasted. Eventual (rare) instances of a character changing pose are obtained by copying a part of an existing drawing and rotating it accordingly.
Death Is Cheap: several times, the main character kills other characters (typically by decapitating them with his lightsaber), only for them to return in another episode when the story requires them again. This is lampshaded in episode 24, where Jedi Springar (see No Celebrities Were Harmed entry below) shows up again after he was killed in episode 6. A character asks him: "Weren't you dead?" and he replies: "Yeah, I remember I was dead too, but our audience won't care about this."
Expy: everything about the main character (except the name and what he wears) is based on the character JeffK created by Richard "Lowtax" Kyanka. The kayfabe relationship between the main character and the author is also the same as the relationship between JeffK and Lowtax. However, while Lowtax stopped producing JeffK-related content years ago, the creator of this comic still supports the character.
Face Fault: happens in episodes 10 and 27. In the latter case, the statement that triggers the face fault is so asinine that a sheep face faults too.
Gag Penis: happens in episode 13 (a parody Linux advertisement where Linux is shown to be able to recreate melted computers and enlarge the penis of its users) and in episode 27 (where a character gets an impossibly big erection in his pants after being tricked into eating a Viagra-laced steak)
Hollywood Hacking: although hacking has never been explicitly shown in the comic, the results of it are. They imply that hacking is so easy for the main character that he can write an emulator in few hours, break into the PC of a movie director and download the full DivX copy of an unreleased movie, successfully pass as other people while still wearing his Darth Vader costume and so on.
In Name Only: Well, assuming the titular character actually is supposed to be Darth Vader.
Kayfabe: the comic is allegedly drawn by the main character himself. The actual author appears in it as a completely separated character, who has nothing to do with the creation of the comic. Also, the real author posts in it.comp.software.emulatori as both himself (he then acts like a real person) and the main character of the comic (he then acts exactly like you see in the comic). Sometimes, the two personas argue with each other.
L Is for Dyslexia: the main character of the comic is dyslexic and knows only one insult ("culattone", the Italian word for "faggot") which he uses to mean anything from incompetent, to clumsy, to stupid, to someone who does not agree with him. Since, according to the kayfabe of the comic, the main character is also the author, all the other characters are dyslexic too, and even the signs have plenty of misspells. Ironically, the topic of dyslexia is never discussed in the comic, and the only times the real author (in his DARTH VADER persona) ever brings up dyslexia is when someone misspells a word in an actual message to it.comp.software.emulatori. The reaction is usually a reply where DARTH VADER chastizes the original poster for misspelling that word while making a lot of spelling mistakes himself, except for the word he is talking about, which is usually the only word spelled right. A variation of this is suggesting an even worse spelling as the correct one, while calling the original poster a dyslexic.
Averted whenever DARTH VADER spells his name, which is always spelled correctly.
9 - against a clueless noob who is trying to locate a spammer
22 - against two fans (of the dumb variety) with opposing views, who are arguing about which 8-bit computer is the best
24 - once more, against the above-mentioned emulator author, for creating an emulator which its own source code policy makes completely incapable of reaching the accuracy declared in its readme
25 - once more, against the above-mentioned clueless noob, for suggesting that algorithms are not implemented by the programmer but automatically generated by the compiler
Little "No": in episode 28, the answer of an emulator developer to a request of DARTH VADER to create a stereoscopic plugin for him. This causes DARTH VADER to drop an Atomic F-Bomb.
Maximum Fun Chamber: several times, the main character uses his cellar as one. So far, it has been shown to have an intentionally misspelled sign above the entry door (TEH DANGEON), and to contain: a couch, a harness to hang troublemakers by their scrotum, two pillory-targets for persimmon-throwing against the faces of troublemakers (marked as "TEH TARGHET") and an ass-kicking machine (an engine that moves two wheels with boots on their spokes, marked as "TEH ASS-KIKING MASHEEN").
New Media Are Evil: parodized in episode 11, where a Christian fundamentalist in the shape of a talking ass (the buttocks kind, not the donkey kind) publishes an article blaming video games for 9/11 because he saw DARTH VADER accidentally crashing into the Twin Towers while playing a flight simulator. That episode was released few days after 9/11 with the intent of stirring controversy.
Pedophile Priest: episode 20 concerns the marriage of one of the characters, who walks to the church with his to-be wife only to find the church locked. He then knocks at the priest's door, asking him what is going on, and the priest tells him to wait because he is working at the website of the church. All that is shown of it is the title ("Father Buson's pedophile website") and its four menu items: "Naked kids", "Famous (but also naked) kids", "Naked choirboys" and "African kids (poor and naked)". The church is shown to have a crucifix where the acronym INRI has been replaced with the word FAGOT. In addition, the name of the priest constitutes a Bilingual Bonus because "buson" means "faggot" in Venetan.
Reality Ensues: Zigzagged in episode 32. The episode parodizes an overused gag in Bova Byte, where the main characters fight a real indoor war in order to decide the proper way to name a console. Here, DARTH VADER is genuinely alarmed about the explosions he sees and the shots he hears, but another eyewitness just shrugs them off and tells him that it's normal. Then, upon meeting the main characters of Bova Byte, he asks them how they introduced warfare weapons into a building and how they can kill people without thinking of the consequences. Instead of giving him a coherent and realistic response, they reply with the same punchline they use in their comic. Just afterwards, an explosion which would have caused Amusing Injuries in Bova Byte, dismembers them.
Stylistic Suck: the comic consists of pictures crudely drawn with Paint, with little to no background behind the characters (except for the objects they actually interact with in the scene, which cease to be drawn as they are no longer relevant) and almost every single word in the balloons is misspelled.
Suspiciously Specific Denial: in episode 26, a character wears a disguise consisting of a yellow hat, a pair of glasses and a fake mustache in order to trick a spammer to leave his car unattended so that DARTH VADER can tear it apart. In the next episode, the same character (out of disguise) pretends to be a waiter at a restaurant, to play one more trick on the spammer. The spammer asks: "Haven't we already met?" The answer: "No, you're wrong! I don't have a mustache, nor glasses, and certainly not a yellow hat!"
The Un-Reveal: episode 25 is about other characters wondering about the real identity of the main character, and they ask him to remove his helmet to show his true face. The main character promptly takes his helmet off... to reveal an identical helmet underneath. This gag is inverted in the following episode, where a character knocks on DARTH VADER's door and DARTH VADER (with his helmet on) tells him to wait because he needs to put his helmet on. Then he puts on a second, identical helmet.