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YMMV: Erf World
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Part of the point, the protagonist is fighting for the "Bad" Guys, and the "Good" guys are willing to stoop even lower than Stanley to win. And Stanley stoops low.
    • Is Sizemore really a Woobie who lives in a world that wants to make his life miserable, or has he just always been privileged and is now unable to handle the reality of normal life in Erfworld?
    • Is Jillian a selfish brute who refuses to think of anything in terms other than how it affects her, or is she just working off her experience in old Faq, where the court refusing to think about the immediately practical in favor of philosophy nearly destroyed the side, and worse?
  • Brain Bleach: Erfworld.com's 404 page. [1]
  • Crazy Awesome: Parson. His "lateral thinking" approach to Erfworld has resulted in such awesome absurdities as:
    • Setting up a relay system with carefully staggered flying mounts, allowing units to move far beyond their normal move limits.
    • Combining a Dirtamancer (rock-and-earth mage) and a Croakamancer (necromancer) to bring a dead volcano explosively back to life.
    • Allowing an air force to move out of an enemy city's airspace without the move to do so by having the riders kill their dwagons in midair and fall into the city proper (to be reanimated by the aforementioned Croakamancer). This doesn't sound like much, but in practice, it means that instead of being sitting ducks for a turn's worth of target practice, they were able to engage and sack the city.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Misty and "Scarlet". The latter of which has now been officially named Lady Sylvia Lazarus.
    • Jack, especially after his wits return to him.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Wanda. Her Unlimited Wardrobe helps somewhat.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In the 7 epilogue, Jack in Black, Jack tells Parson about Charlie (the stuff that happened in Book 0). Parson is surprised that it was the Arkenshoes that are the last Arkentool and not the Arkensaw which was one of the guesses for the forth tool on the Wild Mass Guessing page. Amusing given how many Erworld readers are tropers.
    • Also, in a previous page of Book 2, Parson referred to Jojo's offer of taking him home as ruby slippers.
    • In one of the text updates for Book 2, Ossomer mentions that he could take King Slately out with one kick. Later on, Parson does kick the king.
  • It Gets Better: While the comic is very good from the start, it doesn't really make much sense until Parson starts asking questions and serving as The Watson. That happens at around page 25 if you're feeling generous, page 50 if you're not.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Arch Enemies Parson and Charlie, among others.
  • Memetic Mutation: "I can taste key lime pie."
  • Mind Game Ship: The interactions between Wanda and Jillian have traces of this.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • In Book 0, one might be able to forgive Olive Branch for killing Tommy, as this is a world of war. One might even be able to forgive her for wiping Goodminton out for the same reason. But on page 50, we discover that Overlady Judy Gale is trapped in a garden of addictive flowers, her teeth rotting out and skin like paper. Olive Branch is controlling her side by supplying the Ruler with drugs.
    • Also in Book 0, the Healomancer Betsy crosses the line when she decides to take advantage of a Thinkomancy/Healomancy dualcasting with Charlie to try and 'fix' Jillian's warrior nature by randomly destroying and deleting several of her memories.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Unusual in that it seems deliberate by the creator, but Stanley's team is usually cast in a more favorable light than the Royal Crown Coalition. Consequently, a quick look at the forums will show fans cheering whenever Parson's plans succeed and booing whenever Ansom has some success. This is primarily because all factions are equally unlikable, and Parson is the protagonist.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Stanley wants to train Parson in tactics after Book 1. Everyone scoffs at this idea, but if you think about it, he's right to a certain degree. Why did Bogroll die? Because Parson was unwilling or unable to croak Ansem on his own (with a possibility of surviving). Parson doesn't lead from the front when it's better for him to add his bonus to a stack. Finally, Parson is a level 2, overweight man who has no combat prowess. Warlord Artemis shows us that, with training, a unit can level without going into combat. Parson doesn't level at all between book 1 and book 2. Maybe Parson should have listened to Stanley just to get the combat lessons and his perspective on combat theory if not his strategic theory.
    • Jetstone's fixation on Royals ruling Erfworld is slightly redeemed in Book 2, when it becomes clear that to them Royalty is highly bound to honor and justice, which Gobwin Knob and especially Stanley almost completely lack. It moves from "We don't want the peasants to get above themselves" to "Only the Lawful Good deserve to rule and that means Royalty."
  • The Scrappy: Jillian seems to attract a lot of vitriol from some corners of the fandom.
  • Uncanny Valley: Book 2 is drawn by a different artist than book one. The new art is just as good, it's just... different... in small, subtle ways. One can get a sort of Uncanny Valley effect the first time seeing the new art style after being so used to the old one.
    • And with another new artist taking up the reigns for "Book 2 Epilogue" onward, this is happening again.
  • Values Dissonance: In-world: many aspects of day-to-day life in Erfworld don't sit well with Parson.
  • What an Idiot: Jillian telling her captor, Olive Branch, how she will escape from her trap. This allows Olive to correct her initial plan in order to stop Jillian from escaping. Then Jillain spots a way out of the countertrap, and brags again, letting Olive organize a recapture. And afterwards Jillian still hasn't learned her lesson.
  • The Woobie: Sizemore. He's a pacifist, but he lives in a world of violence and lacks the free will to carry out his philosophy, so he's forced to kill. He's viewed as useless by his master. He's one of the few people who's interested in learning new magic and studying, but lacks the ability to cast anything but the most mundane and ugly. Simply put, he's trapped in a world he doesn't belong in, even more so than Parson.
    • Prince Tramennis is introduced as The Gadfly but proceeds to do nothing but lose during the fight with Gobwin Knob. So far, that has cost him two big brothers and his father, two of them dying twice. He is very much The Unfavorite and a "Well Done, Son" Guy which does not blend well. And now, he's forced to assume the throne and knows that he must change his side or be defeated, but he is the only one in Jetstone that realizes there needs to be a change.

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