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"Rumor has it you know a thing or two about D&D."
Agnes Evans
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She Kills Monsters is a dramatic comedy play by Qui Nguyen that debuted in 2011. It is the story of Agnes Evans, a young woman leaving her childhood home shortly after the death of her geeky little sister, Tilly. Upon finding a homemade Dungeons & Dragons module Tilly made shortly before her passing, Agnes decides to play the game in order to understand her sister more. To this end, she enlists the assistance of Chuck, a teenager who used to play D&D with Tilly.

The play jumps between the real world and the game world as Agnes travels through the quest from the module to learn about the girl she called sister.


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She Kills Monsters provides examples of:

  • The '90s: The play is set in 1995, with all of the appropriate pop culture references included.
  • Abridged for Children: The "Young Adventurer's Edition" changes the older characters from 20-somethings into high schoolers and omits the more harsh profanity.
  • Alpha Bitch: The evil succubi cheerleaders, who bully Tilly for being gay, and their real life counterparts, who are implied to have done the same.
  • Ass Kicking Pose: When Tilly's party is introduced. The script directions say:
    ( TILLY steps up beside KALIOPE, and LILITH and do badass poses with their weapons as if they're at a photo shoot.)
  • Big Bad: The five-headed dragon goddess The Tiamat.
  • Cast Full of Gay: Everyone in New Landia, Tilly's D&D setting, is gay (except Agnes), since Tilly herself was.
  • Dance Off: In their second encounter with the succubi, the party challenges them to a dance battle which ends with stabbing them while they're distracted.
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  • Dark Action Girl: Lilith and Kaliope, the other members of Tilly's party, are a demon queen and a dark elf respectively.
  • Do You Want to Copulate?: Said as much by Kaliope to Agnes' character.
    Kaliope: Would you like to copulate with me now?
    Agnes: What?
    Kaliope: I think it would make you feel better. I hear you humans like to do such things.
  • Emotionless Girl: Kaliope. Apparently emotionlessness is a elf trait.
    Kaliope: But we're lacking in "emotional awareness."
    Agnes: What? Are you like a robot or something?
    Kaliope: No, we're Elves. We're above emotions. That's a human trait.
  • Gayngst: Tilly was bullied for being gay, which is reflected in her module through the succubi characters.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: When Kaliope propositions Agnes' character.
    Agnes: CHUCK! I'm not going to have sex with the Elf-girl!
    Chuck: What? I don't want to see you have sex with the sexy Elf-girl? Why would I want to see that? Ew, gross, hot-girl on hot-girl action.
  • The Hero: Agnes Evans, the main protagonist.
  • Horny Devils: The party fights a pair of succubi.
  • Hot as Hell: Lilith the Demon Queen is described as a "leather-clad dominatrix".
  • Not What It Looks Like: Agnes's boyfriend begins to suspect she is cheating on him with Chuck, when they are in fact just playing D&D together.
  • Posthumous Character: Tilly appears on stage through the game module she left behind.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: In four of the five appearances of The Great Mage Steve, he gets murdered in a comical manner, usually by whatever creature the party will fight.
  • World of Action Girls: In the game world, all of the female adventurers are fighters and warriors.

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