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Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet is a comedy web television series that premiered in 2020 on Apple TV+. It was created by the team behind It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and is co-produced by video game studio Ubisoft, who also created the game content shown in the series.

The show follows the behind-the-scenes exploits of the game studio behind Mythic Quest, the world's most popular Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game. The creative and business sides of the studio are in constant conflict as Ian Grimm, the creative director, is distracted with whether or not their work is establishing a worthy legacy for himself. As all this is going on, they struggle to remain in the good graces of Pootie Shoe, a game streamer and complete brat who has the power to turn tens of millions of people against them with a single word.


This series provides examples of:

  • The Alcoholic: C.W., who's rarely seen without a bottle or flask in hand.
  • The Alleged Boss: David often fills this role. Despite being the game's executive producer, and thus, in charge of managing the entire studio, he's shown to not only be woefully ineffectual at controlling his team, he knows it.
  • Aluminium Christmas Trees: Non-gamers might be surprised to learn that TTP, or Time To Penis - the amount of time it takes before players figure out how to use a tool given to them by a video game in order to make an in-game penis - is a very real metric used by game devs. Even the production crew were completely unaware of this until Ubisoft's Jason Altman mentioned it.
  • Ax-Crazy: Jo is perfectly OK if her actions result in someone else's death.
  • Batman Gambit: Brad is an absolute master of this:
    • When it's revealed through a Kotaku article that Neo-Nazis are using MQ as a gathering ground, David decides to put together a statement denouncing the Nazis, and have them banned from the servers. Brad, not wanting to lose the revenue stream that the Nazis generate, instead hamstrings David's announcement by insisting that David put together a committee to decide which racial and social groups are acceptable and which aren't, all for the sole purpose of distracting David from producing the statement. Given how many groups are out there, and the complications that come with potential First Amendment violations, this takes a very long time.
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    • When C.W. refuses to write a backstory for Dana, Brad replaces him with a robot that apprently uses AI to create stories. He even produces a couple of pages purportedly written by the robot, and leaves the machine in his office to taunt C.W., who slips into eventual despair after reading the pages and acknowledging their brilliance. Brad eventually reveals that the pages are actually C.W.'s own work, and the "robot" nothing more than an air conditioner - the whole point was to make C.W. beg to be allowed to write anything the company needs, which is totally successful.
    • The most simple gambit for Brad occurs during the quarantine episode. David wants to make a $100,000 donation to charity, but Brad refuses on the grounds that he doesn't do charity, as he gets nothing out of it. David offers to play him in Street Fighter as a bet; if David wins, Brad has to make the donation, but if Brad wins, David has to shave one of his eyebrows. After David loses, he begs to go again, so Brad ups the stakes to $300,000, and if David loses, he also has to shave his moustache. Brad wins, resulting in David shaving; Brad then reveals afterwards that he made the donation anyway, and in fact, was always going to make it - he just wanted David's dignity for it, and knew that David wouldn't be able to refuse the bet.
    • Poppy also launches a good one of her own in her attempt to distract Ian so that he doesn't discover that someone hacked the Masked Man. She moves new programmer Paul, who stands at 6'6", into the main office, knowing that Ian's ego will be threatened by his mere physical presence, and result in Ian spending all his time trying to prove himself the office alpha instead of paying attention to the game. It works.
  • Beleaguered Bureaucrat: The studio's HR manager, whom everyone treats like a therapist (despite her protestations). She tries to get everyone to understand that their behavior is not OK, but no one will listen.
  • Berserk Button:
    • For Jo, it's anyone she deems to be challenging or disrespecting Ian.
    • Do NOT eat Poppy's ice cream sandwiches.
  • Biting-the-Hand Humor: A rather subtle example: it's mentioned that the game's unnamed publisher is based in Montreal (which is how they're only ever referred to), and that they're known for being picky and controlling. Now, consider who co-produces this series, and whose flagship studio is in Montreal...
  • Bottle Episode: The quarantine episode, by necessity.
  • Child Prodigy: Pootie Shoe, despite being a 14-year-old kid, is actually smart enough to hack MQ, take control of the Masked Man, and use him to give away thousands of dollars worth of loot, attack characters with admin privileges, and level the character up with every single spell in the game.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander / Eccentric Artist: C.W.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Poppy is perpetually frustrated because she's responsible for the actual work that goes into the game but Ian gets all the credit and glory. On top of this, many of the ideas she suggests are either dismissed or outright laughed at by Ian and the crew.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Everyone hates Brad but they tolerate him because his money-grubbing ideas work and he controls the company's finances.
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": Ian's name is pronounced "Eye-an" rather than "Ee-an". Episode 8 reveals that his name was originally pronounced as "Ee-an", but he changed it to disassociate himself from his father.
  • It's Been Done: C.W. excitedly comes up with a backstory for the Masked Man, only for Ian to realize that it's just the plot of the original Star Wars trilogy.
  • Male Frontal Nudity: In-universe, Ian strips his avatar down to nothing when fighting the Masked Man, resulting in mass Squick for the audience watching the duel (and the Masked Man himself).
  • Moment Killer: Rachel takes Dana to a video game arcade in order to unwind. The two find themselves in close quarters in an arcade racing game, leading to an Almost Kiss... and then Jo, who's been sent to track down Dana, loudly and obnoxiously shows up to break the spell.
  • Only Sane Man: Poppy when it comes with dealing with issues in the game itself, David when it comes to the day-to-day management of MQ. Of course, the chaotic nature of the studio often sweeps them up as well.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Despite being an egomaniacal Jerkass most of the time, Ian has his moments. The biggest comes at the end of the season, when he gets David his job back, secures overtime pay for the dev team, and makes Poppy his co-Creative Director.
    • A non-altruistic version occurs with Brad. After Dana is outed as MQ's in-house streamer, and subsequently fired, Rachel begs Brad to get Dana her job back. She asks him if he cares about anything, with his response being that he cares about money, but only as a means of "owning" people. He then does get Dana her job back by promoting Lou the replacement tester... purely to emphasize to Rachel that he now "owns" her too.
  • Product Placement: Razer products are used prominently throughout the series.
  • Real Award, Fictional Character: It's noted several times that C.W. Longbottom won the prestigious Nebula Award for Best Sci-Fi Novel in 1973. (The actual winner was Isaac Asimov's The Gods Themselves.)
  • The Reveal: Episode 8 reveals that Pootie Shoe is actually Ian's estranged son, Brendan.
  • Rube Goldberg Device: The quarantine episode features the entire cast, via video chat, participating in the construction of a video version of one.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Subverted. After being dismissed and ignored one time too many, and fed up with the constant chaos at MQ, Poppy decides to accept an offer of employment from a rival game studio as a creative director. Unfortunately, she flip-flops on whether she truly wants to leave; by the time she's finally, truly had enough and decides that she does, the rival studio rescind their offer, leaving her stuck at MQ.
  • Ship Tease: Rachel and Dana. They're clearly attracted to each other, and are incredibly close, but they're also both socially-awkward to a degree where (as of the end of season 1) neither has actually done anything about it (although there was one moment...).
  • Shown Their Work: A LOT of work was put into portraying game development in a fairly-realistic way. Of course, it helps that the show is co-produced by Ubisoft, one of the biggest real-life game companies in the world, who act as consultants on the series.
  • Stepford Smiler: Sue, MQ's community manager, has shades of this, appearing bright and perky despite her soul-crushing job dealing with MQ's customer complaints.
  • Straw Misogynist: Lou, the new play tester, who acts like a walking embodiment of the stereotypical Gamergate-style misogynist.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Pootie Shoe is a spoiled brat who can make or break a game studio because he has millions of followers. Everyone is terrified that he'll completely turn against Mythic Quest.
  • Throwing Down the Gauntlet: After it's discovered that someone has hacked the Masked Man, and taken control of the NPC to cause chaos, Ian releases a streamed message challenging the hacker to a duel in the casino arena.
  • Time-Passage Beard: "The Casino" shows Ian going from clean-shaven to bearded to show how long the Masked Man has been an issue.
  • Training Montage: Poppy puts Ian through one in MQ, after a) he challenges the Masked Man to a duel in the game; and b) it's quickly revealed that, despite being the game's creator, he absolutely sucks at playing it.
  • Undying Loyalty: Jo is willing to go to great lengths to make Ian happy, up to and including murder if Ian was willing. This frustrates David since Jo is actually his assistant.
  • Victory Is Boring: A subplot in "Brendan" involves Brad distraught after a $250,000 sword he expected nobody to buy sells out immediately, convincing him that his job is pointless since whales are going to buy anything he offers.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: The entirety of Episode 5 is a series of flashbacks that centers on a former game developer, from his creation of the studio that eventually houses Mythic Quest, to his failed partnership with his wife.


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