YMMV: Cucumber Quest

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Noisemaster, did he recognize The Nightmare Knight's energy was what stopped his plan? Rosemaster's conversation with the Nightmare Knight indicated a growing resentment Noisemaster had with his leader as he felt the Knight was unreliable. Were his final words "So... It's like that" him conceding to another failure, or just disgust at the Knight's sabotage and an epiphany about how they will never truly win?
  • Awesome Art: So pretty...
  • Base Breaker:
    • Fans are divided on Almond; she receives the lion's share of the focus over the ostensible protagonist Cucumber, while being hypercompetent and even her mistakes turn out for the best. Some find her a boring character because of this, while others argue that part of the story is subverting conventional hero roles and she's fulfilling Cucumber's role as the legendary hero. For her part, Gigi considers Almond and Cucumber both the main protagonists, but some still point out that Cucumber still hasn't had much opportunity to step outside of other people's shadows.
    • There also seems to have been another divide due to Almond getting Cucumber, herself, and Carrot almost killed by Nightmare Knight.
  • Crossover Ship: Nightmare Knight/Forge.
  • Cry for the Devil: When Almond yells at Cucumber for trying to talk to the Nightmare Knight, she says: "It's just a trick!" This makes the Nightmare Knight flashback to a previous legendary hero who says the same thing when the Nightmare Knight attempts to talk to him and his sister, to be given the same reply. It gives a hint that the Nightmare Knight was once more hopeful and amenable to working things out, but the endless cycles of resurrections and heroes has worn him down.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Almost anyone who's ever appeared in a somewhat minor role - Cabbage, Cosmo, Baguette and Tartelette, Grizzlygum, Saturday's butler Brambleby, Liquus, Cap'n Bubblebeard, Crabbro, Lute... the list goes on.
    • Mr. R managed to capture the hearts and minds of the people before he even uttered a line of dialogue and his popularity seems to only be set to increase with time.
    • Not to mention his assistant Azalea, who without having a single line of spoken dialogue yet is one of the most popular characters in Chapter 3 because of her design. Being revealed to be the princess of Flower Kingdom doesn't hurt either!
    • The increasingly likelihood that Mr. R's seemingly inconsequential assistants are actually the kings of the Flower Kingdom, Aster and Sunflower has made readers increasingly excited to learn more about them.
  • Fan Nickname: "Hot Carrot" for Carrot after his armor upgrade.
  • Foe Yay: Peridot's obsession with beating Almond, especially when combined with her Tsundere attitude and Almond's playful teasing.
    Almond: You just can't stay away, huh?
    Peridot: Shuh- SHUT UP!!
  • Fourth Wall Myopia: In light of the Princess R competition, Almond has received a lot of hate in certain circles for being antagonistic towards the Nightmare Knight. However, the only one to have seen his softer side thus far is Princess Parfait; additionally, nobody in Cucumber's party knows that the Nightmare Knight who nearly sent them into the sun was most likely a fake. And Almond does have good reason to be legitimately concerned that Cucumber is in danger, since the Disaster Masters want to get rid of the Legendary Hero and the Nightmare Knight is much stronger than he is.
  • Friendly Fandoms: With Paranatural due to similar tones (both are Affectionate Parodies of "kid's adventure" genres) and the creators being friends.
  • Genius Bonus:
    • Princess Piano is named not just for the instrument but also for the musical term which indicates playing softly—it is, of course, an Ironic Name.
    • Chapter Three is fun for plant nerds. When Carrot and Cucumber infiltrate Rosemaster's later, they find a number of orbs containing flowers and Cucumber points out one that looks like Almond's hair doodads. Carrot has a Eureka Moment when he finds two other odd-looking flowers. The first one is an almond flower. The ones Carrot finds are a cucumber and carrot flower, hinting they have something to do with the people named after them.
  • Holy Shit Quotient:
    • Once Mutemaster Turns Red in the Melody Kingdom and Noisemaster drops his attitude, things get dire fast and the danger from his Kill Sat suddenly feels like a real threat. He triggers its final charge by trying to kill Nautilus. When it fires, the next page is a montage of the terrified citizens they'd all met.
    • The Rosemaster battle. It starts with her attacking a fellow Disaster Master with an Amplifier Artifact. Then she proceeds to toy with the heroes. Almond is reduced to tears. Then Rosemaster brainwashes her to attack Carrot. And then Carrot gets a major power-up from The Power of Love, but that's still not quite enough to deal with a twice-powerful Rosemaster... Until she takes an attack to the artifact deliberately, to spite Glitchmaster.
  • Idiot Plot:
    • Played with. There are several points in the story so far where a more logical and reasonable choice could have saved everyone a lot of trouble, but they never do it because it's simply not how these things work. It usually runs on Rule of Funny.
    • The entire plot kick starts because the people in charge of hiding the Plot Coupons are really, really bad at it.
    • Perfectly summed up here:
      The Oracle: I don't have time to spend interrogating every "Legendary Hero" who walks in here!
      Cucumber: But—But that's just stupid!
  • I Knew It: In Chapter 3, enough hints were dropped in the story that several readers figured out the exact nature of Rosemaster's memory manipulation before it was explained in the story itself. Consequently, the true identities of King Aster, King Sunflower, and Princess Azalea were deduced some time before The Reveal.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Even though Splashmaster is... well, Splashmaster, it's easy to feel bad for him when he's challenged to a game he doesn't understand and is physically incapable of participating in.
    • Noisemaster and Mutemaster. Noisemaster was legitimately evil as he tried to kill Nautilus and the entire Melody Kingdom, but his depression after his Near Villain Victory is sabotaged makes it hard not to feel sorry for him, especially since it's implied he's gone through the same plot beats a hundred times.
  • LGBT Fanbase: Particularly since several of the most popular characters (Peridot, Rosemaster) are gay, transgender, etc.
  • Misaimed Fandom: In the Rosemaster battle, some fans had the impression that Rosemaster was being open-minded and respecting Almond as The Hero even though she's a girl by singling her out—neglecting to realize that Rosemaster was Just Toying with Them, and the entire sequence was of her ruthlessly terrorizing a child.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
  • Relationship Writing Fumble: These pages led some people to read a romantic subtext between Rosemaster and the Nightmare Knight. Gigi had to tweet a reminder that he was "technically her dad".
  • Rooting for the Empire: Rosemaster, being a compelling and sympathetic villain with an excellent flair for the dramatic, had more than one fan saying they wanted her to win during the Boss Battle in Chapter 3.
  • Sacred Cow: A funny example when it came to shipping Almond and Peridot, most were not vocal and those that were, were quick to call it weird. It wasn't until Gigi herself said it was okay, that people began to loudly squee over the ship. It can mostly be accounted to the age of the two.
  • Toy Ship: Cucumber/Nautilus and Almond/Peridot.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Rosemaster, who is openly a trans woman, has powers based on deceiving and manipulating people and is very unambiguously villainous. This seems to have been accidental; Gigi was horrified when a fan pointed this out to her and she immediately apologized.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: Let's talk about Bacon.
  • Vanilla Protagonist: Almond is a Large Ham while Cuco is the Only Sane Man. That's why Almond dominates almost every scene she's in. That's the point. It's a running gag how both of them can't believe he's supposed to be the legendary hero when she is better qualified. She even looks like the protagonist in the prologue.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Cosmo. Possibly. Assumed to be male, but there really isn't an indication of Cosmo's true gender. No one in the comic has actually used the word "he" or "she" yet. For her part, Gigi is intentionally keeping Cosmo's gender vague.
    • Glitchmaster, though justified considering her appearance.