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Unicorn Western is a "reinvention of both the western genre and unicorn lore" created as a collaboration between Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant, as a dare by Sean's usual writing partner, David Wright. Who says you can't do a western without doing a lot of research, especially if it has unicorns?
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Marshal Clint Gulliver and his unicorn companion Edward had found peace in the small town Solace. On Clint's wedding day, before he could get "hitched" with his bride-to-be Mai, a threat is predicted to be heading toward town for revenge: the outlaw Hassle Stone. Dark magic follows.

As of this edit, Unicorn Western consists of four separate instalments.


Unicorn Western contain examples of:

  • Aerith and Bob: Being a parody of the Western genre, there are normal names, like Clint, Teddy, and Edward, along with some wierd ones, like Hassle Stone and Dharma Kold.
  • Anachronism Stew: Despite the western setting, the pianist in the opening scene is playing Billy Joel,and talkies are mentioned.
  • Anti-Hero: Clint is a recovering cynic, who's willing to kill a few Mooks yet upholds an honor code.
  • Evil Former Friend: Dharma Kold to Clint.
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  • Extremely Short Timespan: The entire first installment occurs within a day, with Unicorn Western 2 being more loose with time passing.
  • The Gunslinger: Clint loves his seven-shooter, and demonstrates his measure in combat.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Clint and Edward.
  • Insistent Terminology: Edward, thinking himself above horses, prefer to call his otherwise mundane accommodations more human terms. His barn is a "house", his stall a "room", and so on.
  • Invulnerable Horses: Justified with Edward, since he's an unicorn with healing powers.
  • Just Between You and Me: Briefly conversed:
    Dharma Kold: "This is the place where I'm supposed to tell you my plans and backstory, yar?"
  • Kid Sidekick: Parodied with Teddy, who Clint and Edward definitely don't want with them.
  • Rule of Cool: Why Clint rides a unicorn.
  • Sapient Steed: Edward, a talking unicorn.
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  • Sarcastic Clapping: Lampshaded by the clapper himself:
    Dharma Kold: "I'm slow-clapping in sarcastic appreciation of your victory over the bandit."
  • Sneeze of Doom: Variation in the spirit of the situation. Pinto's fart almost clue in the antagonists to the protagonists' presence.
  • Unicorn: It's in the title. Also, Edward is of the non-pure kind.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: When Edward first appears "on-screen", he lobs a bag of oats at Clint. This kind of behavior continues throughout the book.
  • Wedding Smashers: Clint and Mai's hitching in the beginning is cut off by the fortelling of Hassle Stone's arrival, causing much conflict between them.
  • Weird West: Unicorns tend to have that effect on non-fantasy settings.
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: Clint lethally shoots down all of the antagonists' gang. On the other hand, he gives Hassle Stone a non-deadly wound and handcuffs him.
  • White Stallion: All unicorns are white. Unless they're corrupted with Black Magic.

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