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.
    • There also seems to have been another divide due to Almond getting Cucumber, herself, and Carrot almost killed by Nightmare Knight.
    • 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.
  • 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 "all a trick". This makes the Nightmare Knight flashback to a previous legendary hero who said the same thing, and is supposed to make us feel bad for the Nightmare Knight.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Cucumber and Carrot follow Azalea, who is carrying the Hocus Crocus, into a room. When they get there, they find it's filled with flowers floating around, one of each type. Cucumber questions whether they are just for decoration, and points to two flowers he doesn't recognize and one he does as the one Almond wears. Carrot comes to a sudden realization upon seeing them and has Cucumber and himself hold the two flowers. Botany-savvy readers might recognise that the flower Almond wears is an almond flower, and that the other two flowers are actually a cucumber and carrot flower, hinting that they have something to do with the people named after them.
  • 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!
  • 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 he failed makes it hard not to feel sorry for him.
  • LGBT Fanbase: Particularly since several of the most popular characters (Peridot, Rosemaster) are gay, transgender, etc.
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • 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.