50% Hero, 50% Idiot
What Arbitrary Silliness is a short, random but dark comedy 4 panel comic based on the real life adventures
of two boys, Joshua and Daniel that was first published 20/10/2012, with 10 issues uploaded onto the work's tumblr page. What Arbitrary Silliness aims to plagiarise nearly everything the creator can get his hands on. The author has confirmed it will be a 36 issue series split into 3 volumes, with the first volume being named Days Gone Bye
. The story itself has no apparent continuity, but in several cases (notably the last four issues posted) the two boys have the same clothing
after the PS3
incident. The comic can be found hereWhat Arbitrary Silliness contains examples of...
- Anti-Hero: Joshua has shades of this in the first two episodes, during a rampage through the Detroit PD during which he dumps Wayne Haas under a vending machine, drives Daniel into selling blue meth for a new tv and makes Daniel believe he got a PS3 game.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Sweet God, JOSHUA.
- Deus ex Machina: The sudden appearance of the ginger man in the car that saves the boys in episode 9.
- Disproportionate Retribution: In episode 3, Joshua murders Adam simply because he's a redditor.
- Idiot Hero: Joshua himself is a colossal idiot that kills two people for incredibly stupid reasons and destroys the Eiffel Tower.
- Imageboards: A reference to /v/ is made in episode 3 when the game Adam's playing is referred to as "The Walking Feel".
- Only Sane Man: Daniel, in spades. He may constantly shout "Yo!" and "Bitch!" but he calls out Joshua on his increasingly erratic behaviour, especially the Eiffel Tower incident in episode 7.
- Scenery Gorn: Invoked in episode 7 with the [spoiler: destruction of the Eiffel Tower]].
- Sociopathic Hero: Guess who.
- The Speechless: Adam, the chino wearing guy in the chair playing The Walking Dead in episode 3.
- Stylistic Suck: The comics are drawn in the same crude style as the Breaking Bad comics, but it isn't clear if these are comics drawn by a troll or intended to make an audience laugh through the style.
- Villain Protagonist: By episode 3, Joshua slowly becomes this. Towards the end of the first season, Daniel sets a prison on fire to get him out.