* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** Is Fighter a naive idiot with occasional sparks of genius, or is he a brilliant mastermind lulling everyone into a false sense of security? [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2007/03/20/episode-822-too-many-light-warriors-spoil-the-npc/ Strangely enough, offered by Fighter himself.]] Further supported [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2008/09/23/episode-1041-the-only-logical-response/ here]]. (The Socratic Method is a method in which you ask questions and debate to get answers instead of just finding someone who knows. Also could reference the well-known Creator/{{Socrates}} quote, "The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.") Oh, and [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2003/12/04/episode-359-flawless-victories/ here]].
*** [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2003/04/12/episode-272-mind-games/ "You realize of course this means Fighter is the smartest."]]
*** Further evidenced [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2003/08/12/episode-318-buckle-up-its-the-law/ here]] where Fighter displays a surprising grasp of physics.
** Garland is another instance of this, as are the Forest Imps.
* AnvilsThatNeededToBeDropped: It was a ''2001'' strip, and [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2001/12/12/episode-100-white-mage-makes-it-all-better/ White Mage really did make it better]].
* ArcFatigue: The last arc, which spent several months of what was essentially one continuous conflict which kept changing, then spent about 4 months on the Light Warriors screwing around to try and gain levels to face the final opponent. [[spoiler:It then becomes clear [[TheyPlottedAPerfectlyGoodWaste this was completely intentional]] to make the ending all the more [[AntiClimax anticlimactic]].]]
* ArchivePanic: 1,224 comics. Have fun.
* CharacterAlignment
** NeutralGood: Fighter, type 1 (passively good towards friends, though he has no issue with helping strangers).
** LawfulEvil: Thief, a combination of type 1 (easier to become ruler of the world by exploiting the existing system) with a bit of type 4 (imposes ridiculously harsh rules and abuse the hell out of ExactWords).
** NeutralEvil: Red Mage, a combination of type 1 (amoral) and a little bit of type 3 (indifferent to the good/evil conflict).
** ChaoticEvil: Black Mage, typically presents as a type 4 ([[AxCrazy batshit insane]] with a complete LackOfEmpathy) but can move along the scale to either type 1 (the half-way point to ChaoticNeutral) or type 2 (the half-way point to NeutralEvil) depending on what kind of day he's been having.
* CrazyAwesome: A majority of the cast. The main characters are defined by this trait. However, special mention goes to [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2009/01/27/episode-1087-exalted-feat/ Ranger]], a supporting cast member. Ultra special mention: Sarda is probably the god of crazy awesome, as shown by the [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2009/01/31/episode-1089-special-delivery/ two]] [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2009/02/03/episode-1090-not-sunny-d/ strips]] immediately after the above example.
* CreepyAwesome: Black Mage during some of his creepier moments.
* CrossesTheLineTwice: [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2003/11/13/episode-353-last-one-i-swear/ And doesn't even try to stop there]].
* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: Nearly all the characters are either complete sociopaths or borderline mentally challenged, and near the end of the comic, the "heroes" aren't even trying to save the world anymore. This can make the comic feel very bleak at times, specially when the few actually sympathetic characters are around, but of course, it ''is'' a [[DeadBabyComedy very dark comedy]].
* EnsembleDarkhorse: King Steve is one of the most popular characters in the strip.
* SugarWiki/FunnyMoments: Has its [[Funny/EightBitTheater own page]].
* GeniusBonus: The [=LaGrange=] Terrace joke in [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2008/09/18/episode-1039-luxury-accommodations/ this strip]]. [[spoiler:For those unfamiliar, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lagrangian_point Lagrangian points]] are the five locations in space where a small object can be in stationary orbit relative to two larger celestial bodies (such as a planet and its sun).]]
* GodModeSue: Sarda, though its PlayedForLaughs, and [[TheyPlottedAPerfectlyGoodWaste it works]].
* SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments: Has its [[Heartwarming/EightBitTheater own page]].
* HilariousInHindsight: The vampire from the game is replaced with an EmoTeen who says no one understands him. This was years before the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' craze, although caricatures of AnneRice's work did often make them look like this.
** OlderThanTheyThink: Vilbert's a stereotype of ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' LARP enthusiasts.
** ObviouslyEvil [[SharpDressedMan Sharp-Dressed]] [[TechnologyMarchesOn (considering the graphics)]] [[CoolOldGuy Cool Old]] MagnificentBastard responsible for his own StartOfDarkness [[XanatosGambit manipulating the heroes]]... [[Franchise/KingdomHearts Hello, Xehanort!]]
* LoveToHate: All of the Light Warriors except [[TokenGoodTeammate Fighter]].
* HoYay: Fighter and Black Mage, and [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2008/11/01/episode-1054-foursome/ foursome]].
** Also, [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2004/10/02/episode-465-all-sacked-out/ this]].
* JerkassWoobie:
** Black Mage, partly due to never being able to succeed at anything.
** [[spoiler: Sarda]]. Subverted somewhat in that [[spoiler: he technically brought it upon himself]].
** Thief stealing his class change from the future came back to bite him.
* MagnificentBastard: [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2009/01/06/episode-1079-verbal-flanking/ Thief managing to trick a trickster god.]]
** That comic also falls under YouJustToldMe.
** Clevinger himself for setting up plot points '''years''' in advance, such as [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2009/05/19/episode-1129-there/ this]] strip, which was set up [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2004/06/26/episode-434-wouldnt-you-like-to-know/ five years prior]].
*** Nothing, however, tops the [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2001/03/20/episode-007-kamehameha-or-something/ aptly named]] ''[[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2010/02/20/episode-1221-longest-set-up-in-webcomic-history/ "Longest Set-Up in Webcomic History"]]''.
** Thief's actually been ''called'' a magnificent bastard [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2002/10/08/episode-201-does-he-work-for-best-buyin-memory-of-jesse-james-schosek-and-nathan-larkins-we-will-miss-you/ in-universe.]]
* MemeticMutation: '''''"I am the Black Mage! I casts the spells that makes the peoples fall down!"'''''
** "I like swords."
** "SwordChucks, yo!"
* SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome: See the [[Awesome/EightBitTheater MOA page]].
* MoralEventHorizon: Black Mage finally crosses this shortly after [[spoiler: he becomes evil incarnate in the Temple of Fiends.]]
** Before that there was his plan to either [[ButLiquorIsQuicker get White Mage drunk and then rape her]], or - if the thing he bought was paint thinner rather than liquor (not that he cared) - [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2007/07/24/episode-874-silence-implies-consent/ make her drink it anyway and then rape her corpse]]. [[EvenEvilHasStandards Thief and Red Mage treated this as his MEH in-universe]].
--->'''Thief''': You know she could die if she drinks this.
--->'''Black Mage''': The way I see it, the body takes a while to cool. So, either way, I get what I want.
--->'''Red Mage''': That... may be the worst thing you've ever said.
** Red Mage's infamous chocobo experiments were his crossing of the MEH. Even ''Black Mage'' was horrified.
*** And when the living embodiment of evil is sickened by you, you know you have done something ''seriously'' wrong. [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2006/03/23/episode-676-supernatural-selection/ See for yourself.]]
** King Steve [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2003/12/23/king-steve-theater-new-shoes/ in what may be the most disturbing clothing ever. ...EVER!]]
* NightmareFuel: '''''[[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2001/06/18/episode-044-what-the-hell-just-happened-in-survivor-8-bit-style-part-9/ DON'T LOOK AT ME!]]'''''
** [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2006/07/15/episode-720-a-lesson-is-learned-but-the-damage-is-going-to-take-forever-to-clean-up/ The implication]] that Black Mage is actually TheCorruption and is the reason the other Light Warriors act like they do.
* OlderThanYouThink: Many concepts which some believe originated in 8-Bit Theater are actually much older, and appeared because Brian Clevinger was part of Final Fantasy Fandom. For instance: the Black Mage being non-human (this came from Final Fantasy IX and there are clues to this effect as far back as Final Fantasy III), White Mage being a woman (this was a common perception among fans), and the grouping of four White Mages defeating Chaos (winning the game with this party is an old test of mettle for players).
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: The original game's version of Black Belt was despised by players as a useless class. Here he is so beloved that [[spoiler: many fans refused to accept his death.]]
* RewatchBonus: A lot of the brick jokes and the extent of the StableTimeLoop will only become apparent on second readings. For example the significance of [[spoiler: Thief stealing his future self's power]].
* {{Squick}}: [[InterspeciesRomance Witch-dragon relationship]], "animal husbandry", most of the killings... you pick.
** One of Red Mage's plans involved him watching chocobos mate for a few hours; when asked by Black Mage why he had to watch, he replied: ''Oh, I never said I '''had''' to''.
** Also, the cultists' [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2005/03/08/episode-524-facts-concerning-the-cultists-and-their-families/ "tea parties"]] take the cake.
** The whole FaceFullOfAlienWingWong thing with that eye monster and Red Mage.
** What Black Mage does with the dead body of his doppelganger. See ScrewYourself on the main page.
* TearJerker:
** [[spoiler: The death of Black Belt.]] As seen [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2004/10/16/episode-471-first-attack/ here]].
--->'''[[spoiler: Black Belt]]:''' Life is funny. You start out with limitless potential, but time is always shaving away the possibilities. Every choice you make is the choice not to do a thousand other things. Whatís important when all is said and done is that you made a difference. Your choices and everything undone, have to mean something. Otherwise, what was the point? Iím lucky that way. My path was already there. I had only to walk it. I often thought even if '''no one''' knew of the good I had done with my life, it didnít matter. That it was done is all that counts in the end. But Then I died.
--->'''White Mage''': [[spoiler: Black Belt?]]
--->'''[[spoiler: Black Belt]]''': And I hadnít gotten to do any of it yet.
** Fighter's reaction to [[spoiler:Black Mage being killed by Lich]]:
--->'''Fighter''': [[spoiler:Black Mage? Get up and yell at me. Black Mage, '''get up'''. Please.]]
* WeirdAlEffect: Some of the things that people believe to be true about ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'' is stuff that was invented by Clevinger rather than things that were inherent in the original game, such as Fighters being dim, Black Mages being sarcastic, etc.
** The idea that White Mages are women was present long before this comic, but it was cemented here.
* TheWoobie: White Mage.
* WriterRevolt: Why Black Belt was brought back and killed off a second time. The title of the comic is literally "Now Shut Up".