Webcomic: Terror Island
Terror Island is a now-concluded TV Tropes-aware (see notes below comic) webcomic about two Cloudcuckoolander roommates who try to trick each other into buying groceries, and everyone else in their intellectual, subversive, and surreal world of board-game playing pieces. Written by Ben Heaton and Lewis Powell. Characters include, but are not necessarily limited to:
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- Sid, a privateer wordsmith who refuses to buy groceries. Stephen's roommate. Played by Professor Plum from Clue.
- Stephen, a vexillographer who also refuses to buy groceries. Played by the White King's Rook.
- Liln, a jeweler who thinks the whole grocery debate is stupid. Jame is her boyfriend. Played by the Red Foam Piece.
- Jame, a restaurateur. Decidedly the least 'zany' of the bunch. Gets possessed by a (rather incompetent) demon. Played by a blue Tiddlywink.
- York, a game salesman/designer who constantly tries to sell things to people, and went to college at Center of the Earth University, which is actually on the Moon. Played by the thimble from Monopoly.
- Aorist, whose job we don't know. Friendly, and participates in other peoples' schemes, often putting crazy twists on them. Killed by a resurfaced Demon-Jame, and eventually resurrected by Bartleby. Played by a green Icehouse pyramid.
- First Folio, one of York's classmates at Center of the Earth University (which, again, is on the moon), who keeps kosher, wants to find out more about Omicron, and is experienced with supernatural creatures. Played by a green Cranium piece.
- Omicron, Sid's cat. Used to be Sid and Stephen's, but Stephen lost his half in a bet about formica. Played by an actual cat, making it a much bigger character than anybody else. Because the actual cat Ray who played Omicron died during the strip's run, it didn't reappear.
- Gunpowder Jackson, M.D, Jame's stuntman. Got his position as a punishment for jaywalking, due to the doubly imaginary Law of Jame. Played by a red Pictionary cube.
- The Green Grocer, grocery store owner turned Card-Carrying Villain who loves to say his own villain-name. Played by a green Sorry! piece.
- Gibbs and Lockley, author avatars. Played by two trains from the railroad version of the game Rush Hour.
Contains examples of:
- Adventurer Vexillographer
- Ain't No Rule: Against teleportation in a skateboarding competition.
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- Anti-Climax: Gunpowder Jackson and Zantrok meeting again after several arcs of build-up.
- Author Avatar: Gibbs and Lockley.
- Back from the Dead: Aorist.
- Card-Carrying Villain: The Green Grocer fits this so well that he could be considered a deconstruction.
- Chew Toy / Butt Monkey: Jame.
- Contractual Genre Blindness: The Green Grocer's henchmen.
- Creepy Twins: Triplets, actually.
- Deus ex Machina: Bartleby, Sid and Stephen's other roommate "who only exists in every hundredth strip", and always unilaterally resolves the current story arc.
- Failure Is the Only Option: though the writers didn't expect to be able to carry the grocery plot on for so long
- Future Slang (Parodied; everyone talks like this when Stephen imagines the future, even if he's imagining less than a day into the future. Considering he also imagines people in the past [five years ago] talking in weird antique English, this isn't out of character...
- I Just Write the Thing: Parodied. The writers claim that their theorems are logically derived from universal axioms and they have no control over their content.
- It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: Jame, pronounced not like "Jay-me" but like "James" without the Snote .
- Literary Agent Hypothesis: In the form of the actor being a representation of the character. The authors are fairly clear that Sid, for example, is not a purple Clue piece, he is simply represented by it.
- Mistaken for Special Guest: by the unlikely name of "Ned Q. Sorcerer, D.D.S.", no less.
- Nonindicative Name: Unless you count the kitchen "island" and the terror of living with a roommate.
- Also, Ned Q. Sorcerer is not a sorcerer.
- The Nothing After Death
- Only Sane Man: Jame, whose most common role is to constantly make logical complaints and rational suggestions that are never listened to. And even he has his moments.
- Photo Comic
- Previously On
- Quirky Town
- The Rant: Both creators have one at the bottom of each comic.
- Smurfing: York does this for a while, starting here
- Spelling Bee: Includes the archaic "Camelopard", the word "iufjeme" (the definition of which is "contains a silent f before the j"), and the "null word".
- Stuffed into the Fridge: Aorist
- Tag Line: a lot, listed heredistinct from everything, including itselfremarkably popular in Norwaythe photocomic that's not a photocomicthe universe's only logically necessary comicinexplicable title, hilarious cast pageserious gamepieces, serious photocomic"I have nothing against picture comics."we put the wink in tiddlywinksthe webcomic that takes place on a dude's sink and has chess piecessix of one, two dozen of the other.intelligent and perhaps even educatedGuys I honestly did not want to like this comicactually has nothing to do with terror and is not set on an island"I'm not sure why it's called Terror Island."Holla mine brothers and sister over internet space!"some photos of chess pieces don't want to buy groceries?"
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: The Obvious Dentist. His power is that people know that he's a dentist. He's not a dentist, but people still know he is.
- Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: Similar to the Future Slang gag, the characters always use flowery, alliterative, pseudo-Shakespearean English in flashbacks.
- Zany Scheme: obviously.
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