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Tripod Versus the Dragon is a musical by Australian musical comedy trio Tripod. Originally conceived as "Dungeons & Dragons: The Opera", it tells the story of three hapless adventurers who face many challenges on the road to discovering themselves.

  • Scod (Scott Edgar): A Munchkin and Metagamer, a wizard on a quest for knowledge. Because knowledge is power. Or possibly pants.
  • Yon (Simon Hall): A priest (owing to being good at guilt trips), but he really wants to play "a dog cursed with the body of a small man". A Butt-Monkey and arguably the Only Sane Man (or at least Least Insane Man).
  • Gatesy (Steven Gates): He'd be the Audience Surrogate if he hadn't failed his intelligence roll, as he's new to the game. Elements of The Roleplayer and The Loonie, Gatesy is a warrior who dreams of being a bard.
  • The GM/Something Something/The Dragon (Elana Stone): Elana narrates the story, gets most of the more "dramatic" songs, and is conflicted between her duty (as the Dragon) to protect the tree and her attraction (as Something Something) to Gatesy.

Despite the title, this play isn't about a Tripod Terror taking on a Dragon, although that would be an awesome fight.


This show includes examples of:

  • Power Trio: Tripod's usual Freudian Trio of Scod as Ego, Yon as Id and Gatesy as Superego gets a reshuffle: Scod becomes a hammy Id, Gatesy as the hero adopts the Ego role and Yon, being the guilt-tripping priest and closest to earth, becomes the Superego.
  • Pungeon Master: "Dungeon? More like fungeon!"
  • Reality Ensues: "Of course I was blind, you try shining a torch in your eyes."
  • Running Gag:
    • Several, mostly involving Yon, such as his character being a priest because he's good at guilt trips.
    • Another is carried over from their previous shows. "He's not actually shorter, he's just a bit further away."
    • Not to mention "10 points to Gryffindor".
  • Sarcasm Mode: "Don't feel bad, you only killed me."
  • Scary Flashlight Face: : Gatesy and Yon play the evil Twin Wizards by wearing party hats and carrying torches to light their faces. Scod gets a torch to light himself after getting Gatesy to kill the dragon.
  • Self-Deprecation:
    • "We have to be nice to her. She's the only girl we know."
    • Scod in particular runs on this. Being an Australian band, half the jokes are this type.
    "That's the kind of behavior that gets our kind beaten up."
  • Shout-Out: To Joni Mitchell and Chris de Burgh, among others.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Yon's priestly chant with a Precision F-Strike.
  • Spoony Bard: Scod refuses to let Gatesy play a bard "because bards are shit."
  • Squick: "Is congealed a very romantic word?"
  • Subverted Trope: The GM's deleted song, starts as a cheesy "inspirational" song encouraging girls to feel better about themselves. The best way to do this? "Hang out with losers."
  • Take That!: Wizards of the Coast, owners of the of the D&D trademark, did not answer requests for permission to call the show "Dungeons & Dragons: The Musical", resulting in the band's management advising against explicitly using D&D in the show name and the line
    "They can trademark the name all they like, it's all ripped off Tolkien anyway."
  • Too Dumb to Live: Gatesy, trying to impress Hades, performs a song boasting about immortality. His low intelligence score is one of several running gags.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: The fact that Something Something is the titular Dragon is followed by "(spoiler alert)" on the DVD cover.
  • Unwanted Assistance: "Shut up, boat!"
  • Villain Song: Both of the Dragon's solo numbers fit this
  • Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: "For she telleth the taleth."
  • Your Head Asplode: Scod's hammy pronunciation does this to Yon.


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