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. The first was published Dec 20, 2012.
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 weird 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.
- 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.
- 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.