Web Comic: Zeus' Godly Goodtime
Zeus' Godly Goodtime
is a comic series by Memoski
. After Zeus
joins the Battle Royale
, he decides to spend some father-son time with Kratos, who is rather reluctant, to say the least. Hilarity Ensues
The first strip is here
. The series is complete.
This webcomic contains examples of:
- Adaptational Heroism: Zeus is much more pleasant here than he usually is.
- For all he has to deal with, Kratos is basically calmer here than he would be normally (such as when Monita chews him, which he probably wouldn't stand for if he wasn't going to be sued otherwise).
- Alternate Company Equivalent: Is shown when the Sony and Nintendo sides do battle, with Spike versus Diddy Kong, Fat Princess (Plump) versus King Dedede (both are obese royalty) and Parappa versus Donkey Kong (based around their taste in music).
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: The other All-Stars find Zeus pestering Kratos to be quite amusing.
- Animated Actors: Kratos worries about Sony cancelling their contracts if they end up being sued by the Nintendo characters they've abused. He also considers releasing more DLC to pay for damages to the park, and tries to persuade Mario to let them off the hook with a beta key to God of War: Tennis in Hades (which doesn't exist, of course).
- Art Shift: When Zeus ask if they had fun, let's just say that Kratos doesn't look especially amused.
- Bad Humor Truck: The father-son protagonist are left to drive the sweet tooth to their destination. Kratos plans on murdering its owner when he gets back for inciting even more of his misery with Zeus.
- Berserk Button: The Donkey Kong Rap becomes one for Parappa when he hears it a second time.
- Big Eater: Fat Princess, as usual. She gets into trouble here by eating King Dedede's birthday cake.
- Birthday Episode: Or rather, Dedede's birthday is used as a backdrop to the potential mayhem the All-Stars could potentially cause at Nintendo Land.
- Blood Brothers: Kratos' only "friends" among the All-Stars are Radec and Nariko, largely for their being Blood Knights like him.
- Bumbling Dad: Zeus is portrayed like this, causing Kratos quite a bit of embarrassment.
- The Cameo: Crash Bandicoot is being held prisoner in part 4.
- Casanova Wannabe: Zeus attempts to woo every attractive lady in the series up to Nariko, Zelda, and Princess Peach (one can imagine how well this goes over with Mario).
- Chekhov's Gunman: Dr Mario, who was seen on the first page as Zeus' doctor, suggesting he bond with Kratos.
- Cone of Shame: Parappa has to wear one after getting beat up by Donkey Kong (bonus points for his being a dog as well).
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: Kratos claims that the DK Rap is a far worse torment than anything he'd seen in Hades.
- Crazy-Prepared: King Dedede has three cakes baked for his birthday, having taken into account that Kirby and Yoshi would try to steal the cake. Alas, Dedede didn't account for Fat Princess coming to visit.
- Despair Event Horizon: Parappa crosses it the first time he hears the Donkey Kong Rap.
- Dirty Old Man: Zeus mythological philandering has been Flanderized into being an elderly Johnny Bravo (in Memoski's own words).
- Diving Kick: How Parappa initially takes out Diddy.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: Zeus' plan to bond with Kratos didn't work out. Fortunately, Jak wants someone to be a father figure to him.
- Expressive Accessory: Once Parappa starts to realize what sort of rap is playing, the frog on his beanie starts to look equally horrified.
- Face Palm: Kratos, during some of Zeus' shenanigans.
- The Freelance Shame Squad: Most of the All-Stars only appear in the comic to laugh at Kratos.
- Funny Background Event: Sly running around on fire in the background of part 2 after whispering something in Sweet Tooth's ear.
- Furry Reminder: Parappa can be seen gnawing on a bone in part 6.
- Despite being a Funny Animal himself (who lives in a house and apparently drinks coffee based on the off-screen vapor), Toro finds the idea of a cat eating lasagna perplexing.
- A Glass in the Hand: In the first page, as soon as Kratos hears Zeus, his mug explodes.
- Go-Karting with Bowser: Kratos and Zeus are an obvious example, as much as Kratos loathes to do so.
- Given their nature as Animated Actors, Mario's influence has everyone treating him as the boss. He apparently keeps Goombas as medical assistants.
- Grumpy Bear: Kratos' entire disposition in an otherwise comical world.
- Hating On Monday: Zeus presumes that Kratos is in a bad mood because it's Monday (totally not because of the massive betrayal on his part).
- Hawaiian-Shirted Tourist: Zeus wears a Hawaiian shirt for the visit to Nintendo Land.
- I Am Not Shazam: In-Universe example. Spike refers to Fat Princess as Plump at one pointnote . Zeus doesn't know who he's talking about.
- I Am Not Weasel: Kratos really doesn't care if Crash is a bandicoot or an orange wallaby, just so long as someone can be brought in to replace Zeus on the roster.
- In Case Of X Break Glass: Dedede keeps a third cake stashed away in the event that the first two are eaten (courtesy of Kirby and Yoshi in this case). Fat Princess Got to this one, sparking his Rage Breaking Point.
- Is He Always Like This: Zeus wonders if Kratos is generally moody to everyone. Sweet Tooth claims they've gotten used to it.
- ISO-Standard Urban Groceries: Kratos is seen carrying one in the final panel.
- Irritation Is the Sincerest Form of Flattery: Zeus, on Marcus/Sly's suggestion, is told to become closer to Kratos' friends. This leads to wearing Helghan merchandise in front of Radec, who wonders if he should be proud or horribly ashamed (while giving the "not sure if" squint, dubbed the "Radec Squint").
- Lampshade Hanging:
- Laser-Guided Karma: For instigating the events of the comic, Marcus' truck is damaged and all his ice cream eaten after Kratos gave the keys to the kids (Spike, Parappa and Plump). This can be taken as a Call Back to his rivalry cutscene with Kratos, where all he lost was a single cone.
- Lost Food Grievance: Dedede can at least expect and prepare for Kirby eating his birthday cake. After his third cake is stolen by Fat Princess is when he finally goes to war over it.
- Man Hug: Zeus locks Kratos in one in the first page. Combining personal dislike for Zeus and Real Men Hate Affection, he's not pleased.
- Mind-Control Music: Spike thinks that the monkeys have learned to use the DK rap to torture and brainwash those who listen to it. Not that he needs any more reason to let Parappa loose on Diddy...
- Misplaced Retribution: While Zeus is pestering him to go on a road trip in the midst of a match, Kratos is beating Dante's face far past the point that he can move or defend himself. Toro's disturbed expression should say it all.
- Mythology Gag: The lady with the snake who manages the All-Stars comes from the "Micheal" ad which came about shortly before Playstation All Stars Battle Royale was originally announced. Kratos asks her to send Zeus away.
- She also claims that an invitation to Battle Royale was sent to Crash Bandicoot, whose instead being held prisoner behind the doors of Activision. This is a reference to the company's refusal to cooperate in letting Crash take part.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Parappa gives one to Diddy Kong for playing the Donkey Kong Rap.
- Not That Kind of Doctor: Mario makes it pretty clear he's not qualified to help with Zeus' depression, leading the the events of the entire comic when he tells Zeus to go bother his family or something.
"I got dragged into a big mess because the king of the gods took psychological advice from a plumber!"
-Kratos summarizing the entire comic
- The Nose Knows: Being a dog, Parappa is able to sniff out a clue to Plump's whereabouts.
- Only Sane Man: Kratos fills this role among the group that goes on the trip to Nintendo Land.
- Uncle Wolf: Donkey Kong is standing right behind Parappa and Spike after they beat up Diddy Kong (both looking proud of themselves). He is not happy to say the least.
- Properly Paranoid: Spike is convinced that monkeys and everything relating to them are nothing but a danger to all. After meeting Donkey Kong, he's not too far off.
- Raccoon On Fire: Poor Sly... (not that he didn't partially deserve it for indirectly giving Zeus ideas on how to "bond" with Kratos).
- Real Life Writes the Plot: The series was inspired by the addition of Zeus as Downloadable Content for Playstation All Stars Battle Royale.
- Road Trip Episode: The outlying premise for one half of the comic.
- Rule of Three: King Dedede baked three cakes for his birthday party. All three are eaten prematurely.
- Running Gag: Zeus turning one of his lovers into a cow is brought up whenever he flirts with another woman.
- The Scream: Probably the only way to describe Parappa's expression inside the truck while the the DK Rap is playing.
- Smoking Is Cool: Radec can be seen lounging with a fine cigar in the after-match hours, on the first page.
- The Spartan Way: Referenced when Zeus says that childhood is wonderful, leading Kratos to point out that he spent his fighting his brother with a spear.
- Sweat Drop: Nariko's reaction to Zeus calling her "hot chick."
- Tempting Fate: The Donkey Kong Rap isn't the only Nintendo product Zeus intends on using.
Kratos: "Why did you have that disc anyways? We shouldn't be using our competition's products or services!"
Zeus: "Nothing at all?"
- Kratos claims to Monita that he'll round up the lost Sony characters before anything bad happens. A moment later, a wall breaks behind them in the midst of a massive battle between the Sony and Nintendo characters.
- This Is Gonna Suck: Kratos makes a horrified face when he sees that Zeus took him to Nintendo Land.
- Unusual Euphemism: At one point Zeus walks in on Kratos in the middle of bedding two ladies, classic God of War style, asking if he wants to try "multiplayer." Kratos is not amused.
- Kratos substitutes "Hades no!" at several points, and the final line of the comic is "What the Hades did I miss?"
- The Voiceless: Sly doesn't actually have any dialogue in the course of the comic, despite coming up with most of the hilarious ways they can make Kratos suffer via Zeus.