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  • Author's Saving Throw: Much criticism has been levied on the comic's switch from easygoing fantasy-parody comedy to a more dramatic story with elements of humor. The main character, Cale, has had a recent extended flashback sequence that is working to fit the ludicrously light-hearted Cale of the very first strip into the full canon. The problem is that either of those alone would be fine. But a strip that switches between serious drama and gag a day doesn't work. Anything that might be a twist, you'll start expecting is merely the set up or punchline to a joke. Richard was revealed to be turning human and losing his power around the same time that the comic showed what is assumed to be him as a ridiculously innocent looking child. When an npc came that appeared to people as their ideal of innocence, it didn't reference that at all in Richard-Vision, it was just a big rose. Then after a few pages he was slaughtering baby animals and throwing dolphins at Cale because his power apparently runs of destruction of innocence. Set up for a plot twist, or set up for a joke? Who the hell knows now?
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Quite a few, but it's Lampshaded in the Boom de Yada comic.
  • Bizarro Episode: Let's just pause the epic storyline so that Cale can fool around with little masked twerps inside the belly of a sand worm. And get his leg cut off, but don't worry, they promise they can reattach it. Sounds like a blast.
  • Broken Base: There are three kinds of LFG fans: The fans who got into the comic after Cerebus Syndrome set in, the kinds who think it Jumped the Shark after Cerebus Syndrome set in, and the kind who like the comic either way.
  • Counterpart Comparison: Richard is sometimes compared to Deadpool; both are wise-cracking, kill-happy, morally ambiguous, masked characters who frequently break the fourth wall.
  • Crazy Awesome: Richard.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Richard is a frequent source of this. You can't spell "slaughter" without "laughter."
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Has a separate page.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome:
    • Richard, right here.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: Has a separate page.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: The characters do more and more morally grey things as time goes by to the point you question if you should support him, Richard's sadistic acts often go beyond the point of hilarity and even Cale's attempts to go back to doing good in the later parts of the comic either backfire horribly, or he ends up helping someone evil unknowingly.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Richard gets both kinds. Yes, he's a dangerously Ax-Crazy Heroic Comedic Sociopath, but he's so gosh-darn funny that the fans often overlook it. And lets not even start on his fangirls...
  • Ear Worm: ♪You've nowhere to hide, nowhere to run. Your village will burn like the heart of the suuuuuun! With infinite glee, it's going to be me, that slaughters the wooooorld!♪
  • Fandom Berserk Button:
    • Saying LFG is a WoW story on the forums. DON'T DO IT FOR THE SAKE OF EVERYONE YOU'VE EVER LOVED, for the amount of flaming you'll be a victim to will likely kill them too.
    • It actually started out as a Warcraft parody, but instantly shifted into its own world after the first page.
    • The mention of that sets them off too, by the way.
  • Fan Nickname: Felbunny (Richard's pet rabbit) and Commander Kickass (the general of the armies of Legaria).
    • Cale's master in the flashback was dubbed Elven Sean Connery.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Benny has spent less time in battle compared to the other characters ever since she and Cale started their relationship when before, she was one of the major combatants. This is because Cale is purposely keeping her out of harms way for fear of losing her. Incidentally, this treatment is also pissing her off.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The random dead pirate in 181 turns out to be Tah'vraay's father.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: FOR PONY!
  • Ho Yay: Krunch's father and Commander Kickass. Search your feelings, you know it to be true.
    • Also Richard/Cale. Cale set his arm on fire when Richard left. Also, he flies him on a kite during a trip on a ship.
      • And glomps him when he returns after the fire incident. And the reason he set his arm on fire was him fondly remembering when Richard possessed him (and used his fire powers while in Cale's body.)
    "Chicken need Squishy." "Chicken does need Squishy."
    • And Richard/Archmage. Try and deny it, there's got to be a reason for the Archmage/bunny crying after Richard's banishment.
  • Growing the Beard: When the comic stopped being a World of Warcraft parody and developed its own universe.
  • Jerkass Woobie
    • Richard, surprisingly enough. If he doesn't continually kill innocents, he loses his powers. All of his powers. His undeath (i.e. his immortality, inability to feel pain, and ease of regeneration) and his magic. His insane actions are shown to be a bit of a facade, as he's aware he's doing evil things, but he is doing them in hope for the Greater Good. The crazier he acts the less responsibility he has to take for his actions, and the less clearly he remembers his old self.
    • Hctib Elttil's backstory shows him to have been optimistic and having a stable family life prior to becoming Richard's companion. His time with Richard drove him to insanity and caused his entire life to fall apart.
  • Jump the Shark: Some parts of the Broken Base think it did this after the switch to a more serious story. This isn't helped by the consistent-yet-slow schedule of the comic, although Archive Binging takes the sting out of most pacing problems. Some other readers think that its added silliness is the Shark Jumping over the serious story as of the 600 or so mark.
  • Magnum Opus Dissonance: Sohmer's first work, Least I Could Do, is far more divisive than LFG, which started out as a goofy Affectionate Parody of World of Warcraft and Dungeons & Dragons he did for fun. LFG has become far and away the most popular of his works.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Richard invokes this to keep his powers and help his village and friends.
    Richard: Are you Soldiers?
    Peasants: No.
    *Richard lights up for a fireball*
    Peasants: Wait! We are innocents.
    Richard: I know.
    • Cale's teacher at the monastery had one. Making Cale's beloved act as if she was having an affair with someone else to force him to cut his ties with the monastery and start on his mission? Dickish, but defendable. Murdering said beloved afterwards to make sure there are no loose ends?
  • Most Annoying Sound: ...and how a nigh omnipotent warlock deals with it.
  • Strangled by the Red String: The Cale/Benny pairing came out of nowhere for a lot of fans.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The series tends to rely on filler gag strips to pad out the chapters, however this means interesting sub-plots that are brought up, like Richard's headless body becoming sentient are solved within a few pages.
  • Vanilla Protagonist: The point of Cale's character is to be the standard Truth and Justice style hero in a cast of colorful and morality shifting characters. He eventually loses this status.