Vorto The Pirate
is a Science Fiction
webcomic, written and drawn by Martin Pope, which centers around the notorious space-pirate, Emile Vorto, his companions, and the corrupted empire which has enslaved him. Vorto battles against the pilots of the deadly Scorpio Squadron to win his freedom and that of the peoples of Orgom.
'Vorto the Pirate' is an adventure strip in the tradition of Terry and the Pirates, Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon and Captain Easy. It's two-fisted adventure on the high seas of space.
- Air-Vent Passageway: Dromo Antiphilus used an air vent passageway to flank Calvio in "Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom".
- Almost Out of Oxygen: Played for laughs in "Theory and Practice".
- Anti-Hero: Emile Vorto, the notorious space pirate and all around scoundrel who is fighting Queen Livia and the empire to save the peoples of Orgam.
- Badass Beard: Vorto sports a badass beard and handlebar stache.
- Big Bad: Queen Livia, Emperor Nognor's scheming second wife who convinced him to exile his own daughter so that she could install her son upon the throne.
- The Casino: Baron Moorlock is first introduced in a casino in "Talking of Michelangelo"
- Combat Pragmatist
- Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are: General Faustus hunts Vorto and crew in the cave system of Prison Asteroid #4234371 in "Quelle Surprise!"
- Evil Prince: Queen Livia's son
- Guile Hero: Vorto has no trouble blasting his way through a tight spot, but he’s just as apt to use trickery to get ahead.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: Queen Livia, Emperor Nognor's, evil second wife, bent on installing her son on the throne of Orgom.
- Hidden Backup Prince: Prince Ping. "The boy is Emperor Nognor's Grandson, by Questra, the daughter that Queen Livia convinced him to exile. He's the rightful heir to the throne of Illiros."
- Homeschooled Kids: In "@%#^ The Republic" it is revealed that Prince Ping was raised by attending robots.
- Losing Your Head: Happens to Yorik, though he didn’t have much to begin with. Justified, as he’s a robot.
- Mooks: Dar: "Halt! Stop there or I'll—" 
- No Dialogue Episode: 'Vorto's' first example of this trope was in "Faustus' Chronometer"
- Shout-Out: To The Wizard of Oz 
- Symbol Swearing: Vorto makes liberal use of this trope.
- Wise Prince: Prince Ping
- Written Sound Effect: Like many of the works which inspired it, 'Vorto the Pirate' makes liberal use of this trope.
- You All Meet in a Cell: Vorto and Yoric, and Dromo, Ping and Uncle Thirteen all meet on Prison Asteroid #4234371.
- Your Mom: Vorto does this in response to Calvio’s demand for his surrender. "Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom!"