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"This comic started as an attempt to make pornography. It degenerated into sex comedy pretty much immediately. Even so, there are some things depicted that are best kept away from children and work. Please click on the button below to certify you're over 18. Of course, if you are under 18, you can't legally certify anything. So if you're a minor, please get a parent to click the button which says you aren't. Thank you. (Taking moral advice from cartoon characters is probably a bad idea.)"
— Opening disclaimer

Oglaf is an often seriously NSFW webcomic by Trudy Cooper and Doug Bayne. Most of the episodes (called "stories") are single non-sequential pages, though some stretch out longer; the very first one was eight pages long. The comic started out as a gag-a-week work, but slowly started including longer Story Arcs, most of the time focusing on Ivan and his never-ending torment at the hands of Mistress and Sandoval, the Ambassador of Xoan. In addition to this there were the misadventures of Navaan, a sex-starved vampire who became a Back-Alley Doctor, and Grier, a no-nonsense lesbian mercenary. These arcs appeared to be (very) slowly coming together into a single overarching plot until they didn't and the series went back to its gag-a-week format.

Just a note: Click "Next page" to see the next page of a story. "Next story" to see the next story. The last page of each story has a small diagonal cutout at the bottom right-hand corner. Also, some stories have an epilogue that is behind a separate link.


Most strips are very, very NSFW; the strips that are work-safe are the ones slapped with a warning label. However, the comic also features many gags that are quite innocuous or just "immature".

Definitely not to be confused with Olaf the Snowman, or Count Olaf, or Olaf One-Eye.

Because the site has an SFW "Do you really want to see this content?" page, we allow links to the site, but do not link directly to NSFW comics.


Oglaf provides examples of the following tropes:

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  • Aborted Arc: Oglaf, Ivan, the Mistress, and their associated characters and plots pretty much disappeared less than halfway through the comic's run. Oglaf made a brief return, but there was no indication that he'd actually get around to doing anything of note.
  • Absolute Cleavage:
    • Mistress' outfits frequently go this route, and that's at their tamest.
    • Vanka likewise. As seen in several strips, it's mainly for ease of access.
    • "Oriel"
  • Acquired Poison Immunity: Of course, when your job is as a poison-screening taste tester, such a quality may be good for your life but not your career.
  • Action Girl:
    • The adventurer Greir of Meltwater, Reward, Solstice and Ravine.
    • Kronar's "son" is able to tear apart wolves with her bare hands...a few minutes after being born.
  • Action Survivor: Ivan, out of necessity... until he's put in the magical coma. May still qualify, since the spell was apparently intended to kill him.
  • Aesop Amnesia: Despite being told to do things piece by piece, the Sword Master's apprentice doesn't learn his lesson even after winning a fight with it. SLAP!
  • Agony of the Feet: "Hewing" has a pair of men decide to have a threesome with a tree to incorporate the job of one - after the fun, they look over and see a severed leg sitting on the bed next to the log.
  • All Are Equal in Death: The god Sithrak will supposedly treat everyone equally, by torturing them forever. He was the equivalent of a Moody Teen when he wrote that.
  • All Part of the Show: "God of Lies" has the would-be convert ask this after things go really off-the-rails.
  • All That Glitters: In "Delivery" this was used to subvert Save the Princess. The hero still gets to marry the prince in the end.
    Don't you see? The princess was you all along!
  • All Men Are Perverts/All Women Are Lustful: Considering the page quote, it should be no surprise that it's that kind of world, but there are a few exceptions. Notably, Greir seems to be more focused on other matters and Morag the Immortal only succumbs to this when mesmerized by the Funsnake.
  • Alt Text: Please note that each strip has not only an ALT text but also a TITLE text, both different. Which one you see when mousing over it is dependent on your browser — Google Chrome, for example, shows the Alt. Text. Only for the first few comics (which possibly didn't have Alt. Text) does the Title Text show up.
  • Amazon Brigade:
    • The Mistress' female guards in their revealing outfits.
    • The women in The Glamazon Way.
  • Amazing Technicolour Population:
    • The Land of Indulgence has one.
    • This also happens with the couple in "Rainbow Cake" who attempt to have sex "garishly".
  • And I Must Scream:
    • A wizard who transforms himself into a leather catsuit, and starts being eaten by a goat.
    • The 'statues' in "Pork Chisel", who are apparently being rented out by the guy who turned them to stone in the first place.
  • Androcles' Lion: After Leon apparently saves the Talking Fox's life in "Brackenwife", it finds him a princess to marry...except the "princess" is actually a bundle of sticks in a dress. Which Leon is then forced to marry anyway.
  • Animal Nemesis: This strip has an entire ship of obsessive hunters who are hunting the great white whale which took their legs.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Of winter, obviously, but also of many more abstract concepts...most of which involve having sex with them. (It's that kind of world).
  • Anything That Moves: And quite a few things that don't (or can't).
  • Art Evolution: Compare the character art in one of the earliest strips to one not that much later. Notice the difference in both outlining and shading, as well as character proportions.
  • Armor Is Useless: Which is why the orc army is adopting new Stripperiffic uniform standards.
  • Artifact of Attraction: Mistress' magic box that makes you desperately desire whatever's kept in it. She uses it to trick the Apprentice into utterly debasing himself with the Xoan Ambassador in exchange for a pinecone, only for the effect to wear off the moment he takes it out of the box.
  • Asexuality: The very-alien 'doctors', though it doesn't stop them using some very invasive treatments.
  • "Ass" in Ambassador: Sandoval, who is no worse than Mistress but at least she is no ambassador.
  • Ass Shove: With a fire wand, no less.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: Remember that guy from Gifted? He's that good.
  • Badass Boast: Vanka makes two (both about sex, and one with the accomplishment to match) in fingers.
  • Balcony Wooing Scene: the strip called "balcony scene" (NSFW) features a man delivering lines of love to a woman on a balcony, in a Playing Cyrano scenario where another man hiding in the bushes feeds him lines. This being Oglaf, the two men end up together instead.
  • Bald Women: The succubi. Also Horny Devils.
  • Barbarian Hero: Kronar is a Manly Gay version. It's parodied in "Dark Miasma", where his barbarian values apparently cause him to regard writing as sorcery, and even arrows as only borderline not-sorcery.
  • The Baroness: The Mistress is definitely a Sexpot, but depending on who you are (i.e. a very straight guy), her intentions might be nasty, placing her under the Rosa Klebb variety.
  • Bears Are Bad News:
  • Beast in the Maze: In the comic "The Labyrinth", a royal advisor is obsessed with building the king a labyrinth, which the King just gets annoyed by. Then someone walks in to inform the king that his wife has birthed a monster, to which the advisor begins smiling.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For:
    • In "Vorpal Blade", it turns out that having a cock enchanted so that it makes a woman orgasm instantly is not all it's cracked up to be since it means that sex is also over instantly. The guy cannot even get any satisfaction otherwise, since any touching of his cock causes orgasm (and then sleep) in any body part that touches it, including his own. Even walls and buildings fall apart when he tries to hump them for relief.
    • A plain young woman wished on the Wish Dolly for beauty and is now so beautiful that guys are too intimidated to bed her.
  • Bed Trick:
    • Planned in "Cornwalling", but then rejected in favor of a more practical alternative.
    • Also attempted in "Homecoming", but there was a change in plans.
    • Actually done in "Kronar takes a Toll", by the same wizard in "Cornwalling", who was apparently again told by his king to get fucked.
  • The Berserker: Suffers cruel discrimination in "The Pink Haze."
  • Best Her to Bed Her: Tall Sonja has taken an oath not to fuck anyone who has not defeated her in combat. Someone asks her if she has to beat herself up to masturbate. Unfortunately, her oath extends to pretty much everything.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved:
    • "Husbandry" treats this rather matter-of-factly.
    • "Hot Dots" has a man giving an explanation for why he fucked an ocelot. A guard gives him a look before telling him he still has to go to jail.
    • "So I will seduce... the crocodile!"
    • "intermission2" features a man who made a deer costume who gets another man to act as their "deer"'s second set of legs to ambush the prince while he hunts. They meet a male deer, who charges at them but the other man handles by pushing it in the face. When they meet a female deer, the man who made the costume "handles" them by having sex with them and the other man understandably questions if there was actually a prince at all.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Just when you begin to think Mistress rules through nothing more than sexual deviance, odd devices, and a lot of willing retainers, this happens.
  • BFS: Possibly the only literal example.
    The Dwarves: It comes alive at night and fucks your wife!
  • Bigger Is Better in Bed: Averted in "Heterogeneous". The fair maiden in question seems relieved rather than disappointed when a centaur turns out to be endowed like a human instead of hung like a... well, you know.
    • Inverted in "The Yoke," where a nation's Cock Tax means that life is a lot worse for those with big dicks. The well-endowed start an uprising, only to be humiliatingly trounced and sent back to doing penis puppet shows.
  • Big "NO!": Believers in Sithrak have good reason to take deaths especially hard. Only not really.
  • Bizarre Nonhuman Biology: Inverted and Played for Laughs with the shapeshifters. Most of their jokes stem from the fact that while they can mimic human appearance expertly, they have no idea how human biology actually works.
  • Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism: Inverted in Dimorphism, where all females of all sentient species look the same while the males are all different... except for humans, whose males look disturbingly similar to the females. It must be some bizarre perversion, so Kill All Humans!
  • Black Comedy Rape: Of all genders and species, by all genders and species. (Again; it's that kind of world.)
  • The Blank: The most beautiful fairy of all.
  • Blessed with Suck:
    • Oglaf, the chosen one, has the power to... ejaculate in the form of words. Too bad he can't read.
    • The man in "Laundry Day", who wished to be unable to see cloth as a teenager. He can't tell whether he's dressed or not.
    • Perhaps the most literal example we'll ever find—a man "cursed" to be the best at blowjobs, despite never having done one before. He eventually makes use of it to defeat an invading army to become King.
    • Later on, we meet a man who thanks to Wish Dolly has the ability to make anyone he penetrates orgasm instantly...and fall asleep. As you might imagine, he's quite sexually frustrated.
  • Blinding Bangs: The goat-herder girl and Ivan's temporary replacement.
  • Bloody Hilarious: The comic features extreme bloodshed in the same way it features gratuitous sexual content and nudity: constantly, and played exclusively for Rule of Funny.
  • Bodyguard Babes: The Mistress's soldiers.
  • Books That Bite: The Book of Love. At least, it tries to eat parts of Ivan...
  • Braids of Action: Greir has the paired variety, hanging down from either side of her head. Interestingly, only her bangs are braided this way, the rest of her hair hangs freely.
  • Brain Bleach: A couple's response to the Tapeworm Goddess.
    • The response of God himself in "Leverage." He hates watching men having anal sex, but not as much as he hates watching slugs mate. Turns out being The Omniscient has its drawbacks.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: With a dash of I Take Offense to That Last One!.
    Sexbakery Vendor: Have you tried our horse bukkake carob muffins?
    Customer: Eww... carob.
  • Breaking the Bonds: Kronar breaks out of a candle he was put inside while it was poured in "Dark Miasma".
  • Brick Joke:
    • The wizard that transformed in "Cornwalling" reappears in a similar position in a more recent comic.
    • When Ivan refuses to go for the offered antidote and instead threatens to tell everyone that Sandoval poisoned him in "Premature Requiem", Sandoval sees this as romantic and offers him a locket as evidence instead. In "Infffirmary", we see two other patients showing similar symptoms to Ivan's, clutching lockets. Busy night, ambassador?
    • Ivan's tattletale jizz turned into one on at least two occasions. On a third occasion, Navaan is disappointed when someone else's fails to do so.
  • Bungling Inventor: The dwarves, at least in the opinion of everyone else. The dwarves seem to be satisfied with the outcomes.
  • The Bus Came Back: Oglaf, the seldom seen title character, made a new appearance in the comic after over half a decade's absence.
  • Butt-Monkey: Ivan. His life is a never-ending series of humiliations by Mistress, the Xoan ambassador, and...well, pretty much everyone in the castle.


  • Failed Attempt at Drama: "Okay, I was assured those were going to turn into skeletal warriors."
  • The Fair Folk: Tall, pale, long flowing hair, pointy ears, beautiful features, capricious nature, lusty, enjoys tormenting mortals... Sandoval is some sort of elven noble, and not the "nice" kind.
  • Falling-in-Love Montage: Anyone under the influence of the "Potion of Girlfriend" has one of these with a fetching redhead named Felicia.
  • Fanservice: Well, it was originally a straightforward attempt to make actual pornography, before the author got bored and turned it into a sex comedy strip. Although the reverse occurs equally as often.
  • A Fate Worse Than Death: Mistress is fond of coming up with these - at least when her laser-falcon doesn't ruin them.
  • Faux Yay: Mistress' guard corps, according to the Lizard of Guilt. Not that it seems to make a difference...
  • Fish Eyes: The dwarves are sometimes drawn with these ("Brass Knobs", "tool", "Ring of Bliss", "Cavalcade of Wonders"). Also the talking fox.
  • Fisher King: The Snow Queen, as satisfying her seems to bring about the start of spring.
  • Flaming Sword: "Hot Cold Steel" has one. Like lighting an actual campfire, it can be bit finicky and take a while to get going, and when it's set ablaze it kills its owner via the giant fire.
  • Flat-Earth Atheist: The Monks of the Temple of Luck believe that the universe was created by random chance, so they worship luck. This is revealed when Morag announces her presence and her affiliation to Sithrak, a god. There have also been sightings of many other gods, all of whom exist somehow.
  • Flock of Wolves: Shapeshifters assassinate the king... who had been replaced by a shapeshifter of the same race, which one guy awkwardly recognizes.
  • Foe Romance Subtext: In "Burning Jewels of Death", where Kronar is tied down by another character and his mooks, demanding Kronar's "submission". Kronar makes his escape through strength and brutality alone and is regarded as magnificent for doing so.
  • Fountain of Youth:
  • Fridge Brilliance: An in-universe example from Greir in this strip. "It Takes a Fake Death to kill a fake god. And you figured it out." This moment is subverted soon afterward, however.
    • Further brilliance: The monks worship luck, and their faith was rewarded.
  • Gag Penis:
    • Parodied in "Good Behavior".
    • Also in "The Yoke", where a rebellion happens after a 'cock tax' is instituted. It doesn't go quite as planned.
      Turns out that being well-endowed is no guarantee you're good at tactics.
  • Gender Bender: The wizard in "Cornwalling", and also the effect of the Fountain of Girl.
  • Generic Cuteness: Suprisingly averted. A variety of looks and body types are on sexy display, compared to most erotic comics where every woman would look like Vanka.
  • Genius Ditz: Navaan. She is perceptive enough to notice things such as disguised statues and is even able to understand specifically how to deal with a severed immortal's head without lungs despite believing that the function of a doctor is to "solve mysteries."
  • Genius Loci: Parodied in "Sanctuary."
    What's a region need to do to get recognized in this town?
  • Genre Savvy:
    • Monks from "Lapis Lazuli" weren't until they were taught a very painful (and sexy) lesson.
    • The travelers in "Naiads."
  • Get Out!: The potion seller.
  • Gladiator Games: Played with in "Sport" when the emperor decides to Take a Third Option.
  • Glamour: Deconstructed here.
  • God Guise: The malevolent god worshiped by the fools' cult is an inversion; a real god disguised as a fake god according to one of its followers. It looks like a bunch of people in a lousy costume when it's actually a very real and very dangerous deity. An immortal warrior found this out the hard way and lost her sword and everything below her neck for her troubles.
  • God Is Evil: Several cases appear, although Sithrak for one turns out to be merely careless, despite the certainty of his believers.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Only for the wizard—he went back in time to cure a plague, but because he'd done so, the reward he'd been offered was never in place to begin with.
    • And an army besieges an elven castle, threatening to launch barrels of cursed waste at them unless they surrender. It goes as well as one might expect.
  • The Good King: King Blowjob. He rules over a "peaceful fellatiocracy," throws himself without hesitation on a sexually-frustrated man in the middle of a "cock rampage," and spares no effort to free the man from his condition when he realizes a curse is behind it.
  • Good People Have Good Sex: Inverted in "Glindr," in which it is stated that "good people are always the worst at sex." This leads to overhauling the justice system such that people who are bad at sex can be declared "Not Guilty."
  • Groin Attack:
    • The Giant Cockbats, though not in the traditional fashion.
    • If a man attempts traditional sexual intercourse with the Snow Queen, he...suffers.
  • Guy-on-Guy Is Hot and Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Both occur with equal frequency. Taken Up to Eleven in "Ship to Ship".
  • Guys Are Slobs: Implied in Dark Miasma, as one of the titles the extra-manly Kronar thinks of himself as the magic of the sorceress' scented candles is beginning to overtake him is "Frequent bather".
  • Hates Everyone Equally: According to his followers, Sithrak, the god who tortures everyone forever after they die, regardless if they're good or evil. He wrote that when he was very angry and is surprised to learn that anyone still reads it.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Sithrak has mellowed out considerably and is hugely embarrassed to learn that people still think he's the God of Evil, comparing his writings on "eternal torture" to teenage poetry.
  • He-Man Woman Hater:
  • He Who Fights Monsters: in The Abyss.
    • Also, the Evil-Detecting Dog blackmails criminals to look the other way.
      Thief: You've turned, evil-detecting dog! You're the evil one now!
      Dog: (Sniffs himself) Wrong! Idiot!
  • Heroic Sacrifice: At Brave Beef Butchery, they only serve meat from cows that died heroically.
  • Hoist By Her Own Petard: The Mistress discovers the drawback of the cumsprite curse she put on Ivan when he gets captured and uses it to pester her incessantly until she pays his ransom.
    • In Haft, the Ass Murderer (a would-be ax murderer with an ax in his ass) winds up killing himself after falling down a short flight of stairs and lodging his own ax in his head (and claim his first victim).
    • In "Remains of the Day", the Curse wraith inflicts a curse on a man where his orgasm will splash on the face of the person he's thinking of at climax - so he resolves to think of the Curse wraith from then on. In a double-twist, the man becomes unable to climax without thinking about skulls, but luckily there are clubs for that... but the prices there are outrageous! And guess who owns the clubs...?
  • Homosexual Reproduction: Kronar's bloodline has been free from woman's taint for a hundred generations, with shades of Mister Seahorse and No Man of Woman Born, as well.
  • Honor Before Reason: The Master of Slutty Disguise is capable of Latex Perfection-level disguises, but he also always dresses in a sexy version of the outfit of whoever he's impersonating. This makes the disguises rather useless, but he believes if he dressed as a non-slutty version, then he would be selling out.
  • Horny Devils: Mistress's pair of captive succubi. It's not (yet) known what they would do if she ever unchained them. One of Ivan's duties is to oil their naked bodies twice a day.
  • How Dare You Die on Me!: Parodied in "Yeah, bye" where the dying man accuses his lover of trying to guilt-trip him out of dying and it turns into a big argument. Then he dies.
  • Humanoid Abomination: For a given value of humanoid. Complete with tentacles.
  • Ice-Cream Koan: The incarnation of Enlightenment in "Justice":
    Enlightenment: Questions are sand in a bowl of rice. Poverty is the daughter of the silk merchant.
    Man: I'm not stupid, you know! Just because I don't understand you doesn't mean I'm stupid!
  • An Ice Person: The Snow Queen seems to be a personification of winter, or to be tied directly to the season itself, as satisfying her sexually is apparently necessary to bring winter to a close. The problem is that her body is so cold that trying to be intimate with her carries serious risks as if one was trying to be intimate with a block of actual ice. She is nonetheless an adorably kind and considerate person, always polite and genuinely terribly sorry when one of her pretendants gets wounded. Also, her reaction to being assaulted and repeatedly stabbed is to assume it's foreplay and apologize for not getting into it.
  • I Know Your True Name: Because I've just changed it. That's the power of appellomancers, name wizards: they change someone's name and consequently their nature.
  • The Immodest Orgasm: Taken to its logical extreme and further in "Fresh Horses."
  • Immortality Hurts: The Immortals aren't immune to injury at all, though they do at least seem to have a very high pain tolerance. In "Rise of the Funsnake" Morag is beheaded and only able to describe how it happened when somebody blows air up through her severed windpipe. Word of God says she's still just a head. Seeing how badly the Funsnake mangled her corpse, it's likely that the beast ate it.
  • Impossible Thief: Vanka, most notably in "Fingers."
  • Incompatible Orientation:
    • The Ambassador has made several advances towards the Apprentice, who definitely prefers women. This seems not to bother the Ambassador at all.
    • The bounty huntress Greir seems to be ladies-only but has been hit on at least twice by men (one a shapeshifter who quickly and awkwardly attempts to rectify the situation).
    • Then there's the supposedly straight woman in "Memory" asking to do "hetero girl-on-girl."
  • The Informant: Ivan's curse is that his semen comes to life and runs to tell the Mistress what he's been doing.
  • Innocent Bystander: The unfortunate female guard in "Shaft", who gets the Arrow of Regret in the throat.
  • Insane Troll Logic:
    • Eating the world's most beautiful woman does not make a crocodile the world's most beautiful woman.
    • Two adventurers get trapped by an owlbear, and the male adventurer who had studied herbivores decides to deal with it in the only rational way - out-breed it, because at least some of their offspring would live. The female adventurer thinks it's a great idea, only for the owlbear to successfully turn the man off by saying un-sexy words, foiling their plan.
      Woman: No wonder it's the apex predator.
    • When a devil bear steals your wife, the proper recourse is to steal the devil bear's wife. Obviously.
    • In "This Could Happen," the disciples of Sithrak go proselytizing: "God hates us unreservedly!" "So why shouldn't a woman in a blonde wig fuck a door-to-door evangelist in front of his dorky friend?" (The comic's world being what it is, they actually get some takers!...not quite like how they imagined, but they rolled with it. Until some guy wanted them all to be tied to the post while watching two dogs have sex with the blonde wig on the bitch)
  • Insult to Rocks/Insult Friendly Fire: After slaying the fun god, Greir addresses its cultists...
    Greir: If they ask about fun, tell them fun is a filthy parasite.
    Navaan: As a parasite, I take offense to that.
  • In-Series Nickname: A lot of characters are never formally given names and are only referred to their nicknames such as "Knobguy" who also goes by "Wrecking Ball" when it turns out he can destroy walls by making them orgasm.
  • It Amused Me: The philosophy behind most of Mistress's actions. For example, she hires apprentices with the promise that she will teach them magic. Instead, she torments them sexually, subjects them to many humiliations and kills them off regularly. Ivan's predecessor is killed for going behind the Mistress' back by trying to actually teach himself magic. He gets a fire wand activated inside of him.
  • It's All My Fault: The Lizard of Guilt, appropriately enough.
  • It's Always Spring: In "Tool", due to the dwarves inventing a cold-proof vibrator and giving it to the Snow Queen.
  • It Was with You All Along: "Don't you see? The princess was you all along!"
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Subverted in "Fountain of Girl."


  • Parental Incest:
    • Double Subverted in "Branding". Princess Fatherfucker was cursed with that name by an "evil appellomancer".
      Suitor: So... you don't fuck your father?
      Princess: Err... yes... but it only started happening because of the name.
    • An especially bizarre version occurs in "Jocasta loves Oedipus" where he somehow ends up getting convinced to engage in a four-way with three different versions of his mother (Time Travel and You Can't Fight Fate was involved). He then reveals that he tricked her by preserving his dead father's cock so he could impregnate her with himself.
  • Perp Sweating: With a sunbeam. Of course, when the "perp" has dire reason to avoid sunlight, this is more threatening than usual.
  • Perverse Sexual Lust: He's using that potion wrong.
  • Petite Pride: The Mistress is rather small and Greir is also modestly endowed, but they never complain about it, and commenting wouldn't be wise in either case.
  • Plague Doctor: Navaan.
  • Playing Cyrano: With a twist in "Balcony".
  • Plot Detour: Navaan falls victim to one. Given the nature of the "fun" in question, this could potentially double as Distracted by the Sexy.
    Navaan: Why did nobody tell me this was on?
  • Poisoned Chalice Switcheroo: The Xoan Ambassador tries to pull a poison penis switcheroo on Ivan.
  • Poke the Poodle: Occasionally we see "evil" characters commit acts of laughably petty evil just for fun. "Hoops" has a mildly evil disembodied head trick a man into thinking she's concealing her breasts inside a barrel. He's OK with how it at least wasn't an eviler disembodied head.
  • The Pollyanna: An adventurer named Umbra Wynterdarque becomes one thanks to a Ring of Optimism. Highlights include him thinking a wand that killed a fellow adventurer was just a "wand of faking your own death."
  • Porn with Plot
    • Word of God is that the comic started out as an attempt to make pornography until it "degenerated into sex comedy pretty much immediately."
    • Discussed here.
  • The Power of Friendship: Deconstructed in "Hefty Grogol". Apparently, it's better to be friends than to be enemies because it's much easier to stab your friend in the face than your enemy.
  • Power Perversion Potential: Invincible Shield Maiden, though she doesn't seem too happy with it.
  • Precious Puppy: "40 tonnes of kibble" depicts The Bible's Noah falling prey to this trope, rescuing heaps of dogs on the Noah's Ark instead of two of every animal because all the other animals "are just not as good as dogs". Noah attempts to continue his current plans by dressing the dogs up in animal costumes.
  • Precision F-Strike: Although the comic is loaded with swearing, one particularly precise example appears in the punchline of "Also, Elves."
    "Dead" Elvish Prince: For fuck's sake.
  • Pretty Princess Powerhouse: A young version in "Princess Party". She wants the same things many little girls want; playing with animals at petting zoos, candy, et cetera. She gets those things by leading troops into battle to take them by force of arms. Her rival also qualifies.
  • Pun: Apparently part of a fertility rite during "Standing Ovulation":
    If you do dad jokes during sex, it proves to god you're ready for children so you're way more fertile.
  • Public Execution: In addition to the hanging in “Full Throttle” above, a bard is beheaded for a series of murders in “No Regrets”. He rematerializes behind his own headless corpse, much to the headsman’s confusion.
  • Pun-Based Title: One comic featuring Vanka is about a sucker in prison and the power of believing that nothing can go wrong. The title of the comic is "Conviction".
  • Put on a Bus: Ivan. He's in a magical sleep.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: It works pretty well if you arrange to be buried with terra cotta soldiers.
  • Rage Quit: The Automaton, a chess-playing golem.
  • Reality-Breaking Paradox: Happens in "Evensong," where a monk prays to God to answer this prayer by not answering this prayer.
  • Reality Ensues: Inverted! Using modern chemistry elements against classical elements in a fantasy world turns out badly.
  • “The Reason You Suck” Speech: Ivan gives a pretty good one to the ghost of the Lizard of Guilt. Unfortunately for him, no one else can seem to hear it (or they just ignore it) so it sounds like he is giving the speech to the Mistress moments before she decides to execute him. Doubles as a crowning moment of awesome as that's the first time that Ivan has really stood up for himself.
    Ivan: Shut the fuck up! You had a one-note life and dumping your inane shit on me won't change that, you worthless fuck!
  • Revolving Door Casting: Anyone who appears to be a major recurring character is reduced to making far and in between appearances or just disappears from the comic completely.
  • Rebellious Princess Incognito: "Princess activities suck!"
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni:
  • Refusal of the Call: Appropriately in the strip titled "The Call". Might want to consider taking the call when the stakes are The End of the World as We Know It and you plan on continuing to live in that world.
  • The Reveal: The Funpire is none other than Navaan, an actual vampire.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons:
  • Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: The "Chronotherapist" goes back in time to cure a plague before it starts, and then tries to claim the Standard Hero Reward. The queen, naturally, doesn't know what plague he's talking about. Out of pity he's offered a downgrade to "a handjob and a hot meal".
  • Rule of Funny: Although most episodes are NSFW, the gratuitous nudity and sex play second fiddle to this.
  • Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: "The Pointy End" depicts two swordsmen who have trained endlessly since their childhoods. After they realize this, they stop their soon-to-be fight and eventually fall in love...which ends in them fighting anyway because neither of them knows how to have sex (and they apparently didn't bother to dress up after the failed lovemaking either). The surviving winner, of course, tells the dead one that he was "...really good. I'm not just saying that."
  • Scheherezade Gambit: Deconstructed here. Apparently, if you leave the Sultan in suspense, he might do the same to you.
  • Schmuck Bait:
    • Subverted in "Blue Door" and in "Book of Love". Played straight and lampshaded in "Glove". It should be noted that the schmuck in all three examples is the same guy, although he only falls for it the third time. And even then, he was pretty sure it was a trap from the start.
    • In "Lair of the Trapmaster", the explorers find themselves in an empty room with nothing but the word "Overthinking" painted on the wall. They stay there the rest of the strip wondering what it means. (Subverted? Played straight? Who knows.)
  • Science Is Bad: Parodied by a now-overheating passerby due to dwarves inventing a cold-proof vibrator for the Snow Queen. "Yeah, spring used to mean something before technology ruined the world."
    • Brick Joke: Said passerby appears to be Ari, who had previously tried and failed to satisfy the Snow Queen in "Snowbound". Given that he lost his cock to frostbite in the attempt, it's little wonder he'd be bitter about how easy it's become.
  • Screw Destiny: Apparently, you can't fight destiny... unless it's your destiny to fight destiny. When you try to fight fighting destiny by not fighting destiny... you get a knife in the throat from a pissed-off seer.
    No way am I letting that little shit become king.
  • Screw Yourself: The sorcerer's duplicate phantasms do this in "Mirror Image". According to the phantasms, the sorcerer usually jerks off while they do this.
  • Secondary Character Title: The titular Oglaf has shown up maybe a handful of times in the entire comic.
  • Seductive Mummy: Parodied in this strip, featuring a group of decaying, decrepit mummies posing provocatively and spouting bad pick-up lines.
    Mummy: I'm naked under this bandage.
  • Serial Escalation: In-Universe in this comic. Two warriors in a bar make Badass Boasts on how they will defeat a monster while handicapping themselves, each one more outrageous than the last. It gets to the point that the monster arrives to terrorize the bar and finds everyone inside dead from cutting themselves and everyone there apart to fulfill their bravado.
  • Sex Comedy: In webcomic form.
  • Sex God:
    • King Blowjob, of course.
    • There's a subversion with a guy who manages to score a lot because he's renowned for his sexual prowess among the girls in town. In fact, he asked for a spell that makes the women he's been with incapable of saying anything other than praise of his performance; he's actually pretty lousy in bed.
    • Another man had the infamous wish dolly enchant his penis to make women orgasm instantly. Unfortunately, he discovers that no one can last enough to reciprocate...
    • A genuine example with a woman who won the trophy for "Best At Sex", narrowly beating her partner. Though she's hoping to get the trophy for "Best At Puns" as well.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Several, particularly the whole arc that starts with "Shaft" and seems to end in "Wake" on the words "stupid f'ing town". Justice/Atonement is another example.
  • Shapeshifter Baggage: Examined in "Weeping Woods".
  • Shapeshifting: They aren't too well versed in human behaviour, unfortunately.
  • Shapeshifting Seducer
    • A hilariously unsuccessful attempt on Greir.
    • A forest nymph seems particularly inclined toward seducing and assuming the shape of wayward princes, which backfires when it turns out one of the victims wasn't entirely honest on an important point.
    • Another shapeshifter happens to be successful, despite his Brutal Honesty.
    • Yet another Shapeshifting Seducer works as a Super HeroDopplebanger.
  • Shoot the Builder: Played for laughs in "The Virgin Cobbler", where a client decides to make sure that a cobbler who claims her legendary skill at boot-making is linked to her virginity will never create a finer pair of boots than the ones she made for her.
  • Shoplift and Die: Pay to Win. The Chosen One figures he has a right to just take a 500 gold sword out of a shop, ignoring the shopkeeper's threat. The prophecy about said Chosen One ends there.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Ivan to the Lizard of Guilt.
  • Single Tear: A guard, enduring Vanka and another woman (who is now a recurring character) in a cell crudely mocking him.
    This is an enormous slur on my professional conduct.
  • Sir Swearsalot: All of the fukken dwarves have fukken limited vocabularies.
    • Fishmongers are also this. They apparently get this from their quarry. It is unknown where the fish get their foul language from.
  • Situational Sexuality: Most of Mistress' all-female guard corps are not lesbians, but it doesn't seem to bother them.
  • Skewed Priorities: In "Meanwhile in Hell", a damned soul is being sawed in half by a demon, healing from all of his wounds right afterward. Eventually, they start to experiment in how many different ways he is getting carved up, both enjoying the experience to the point of the demon having anal sex with the soul as he is getting sawed in half horizontally. A different demon cries out that they can't do that anymore, only to be fine with it when the soul admits that it is consensual.
  • Skull Cups: Parodied in "Skulls!", which provides the page picture. A barbarian king demands wine in the skull of an enemy. The wine runs out the eye holes so he commands his men to find him an enemy with no eyes. They find some kind of giant worm ... which turns out not to have a skull.
    King: So thirsty...
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender:
    • When Ivan is kidnapped, Mistress is convinced the hard way to pay his ransom — constantly having his animated semen splatter on her face until she caves in, just to stop him from masturbating.
    • Greir is on the receiving end in "The Rogue's Arsenal".
  • Snake Talk: The inhuman staff of the infirmary at the Mistress' castle speak like this.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: A Gaussian Girl finds her newfound beauty is not all it's cracked up to be when no suitor considers himself worthy of her beauty.
  • Sold His Soul for a Donut: Santa Claus gets children to swear their souls to him in exchange for toys while they're too young to know better, and then enslaves their spirits in his workshop after they die as adults.
  • The Southpaw: A few lefties are spread throughout the stories. Greir is the most notable.
  • Spare a Messenger: Played with in this strip. First, Kronar murders everyone in a village except one guy and tells him to spread the word about his power. The guy proceeds to boast that Kronar has gone soft since he let him live. When they laugh, Kronar bursts in menacingly. All of them hurriedly claim that they would make the best messenger because they'd write the greatest songs or so forth. Kronar decides that they will display their talents and he will choose the best. One of the guys snickers at the idea that Kronar is holding a talent contest. Kronar finally snaps. Cut to two men looking at the smoking and destroyed pub from outside:
    Man 1: What could have done this?
    Man 2: We'll never know for sure. No survivors. Even some of the trees have been stabbed.
  • Speed Sex: Thanks to the Wish Dolly, one man was capable of making anyone and everything cum instantly (read: people, walls, puppets, his own arm) in "Vorpal Blade" and "Habeas Corpus".
  • Stable Time Loop: Averted in "Voop", which has a man so fast that he can go back in time to stab the grandfather of the man he's talking to to prevent his birth. The man he's talking to says he shouldn't do that because he saved the world a few years back and preventing his existence would probably make the world all apocalypse-y. The time-traveling man doubts that no one else could save the world in the world savior's absence, and returns back to a grim After the End-like setting.
  • Standard Fantasy Setting: Albeit a highly eroticized version. A handful of strips do seem to take place on Earth, however.
  • Start My Own: After Robin Hood refuses to rebrand the Merry Men as "the Pussy Gang", the pussy-obsessed woman he's attempting to rob declares she's going to start her own Pussy Gang and show him up. She succeeds.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Vanka escapes from her cell after flirting with the guard outside her door. She stole the keys from him in a similarly sneaky manner.
  • Stealth Pun: Kronar's line about his bloodline being free from woman's taint for a hundred generations.note 
  • Story Arc: Even though this is a gag-a-week webcomic with vague storylines, we now have several arcs, sometimes broken up by other gag strips.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: "Owlbear". Upon being cornered by the eponymous predator, a man decides to out-breed it so their offspring will survive. His female companion thinks this is a brilliant idea. The owlbear anticipates this exact plan and starts saying mood killers so they can't procreate.
  • Stranger in a Familiar Land: Averted in "Felicity". Apparently, turnips are just that awesome.
  • Stripperiffic:
    • The Mistress and her servants dress very provocatively.
    • Justified in the case of the Invincible Shield Maiden. She exposes her vulnerable areas because any wound on her appears on whoever inflicted it, instead.
    • In "Appeal to Heaven", devotees of the Goddess of Sex and War appeal to her for victory in battle by wearing extremely revealing armor and acting as slutty as possible.
    • Downplayed with the Chronoturge in Erstwhile. Her outfit is quite modest above the waist, but her skirt has big slits in it, showing her thighs.
  • Sufficiently Analyzed Magic: In Double Blind, the fellow going from oracle to oracle, simply asking them what he has in a sealed envelope and rating the resulting answers so other wisdom-seekers can decide what oracle is right for them.
  • Super Sex Organs: A man who claims to have priceless semen in "Lapidary". When he's proven himself to be utterly pathetic by having no gemstones, only rocks painted with glitter, Vanka gives him pity sex and finds he actually does ejaculate rubies.
    • "Honorable Discharge" creates a god of way too much cum. The man orgasming at the time still ejaculating after six hours, the god can't say how long this will last for because he's new.

  • Take That!: "Naiads" includes a rather hilarious jibe at Mountain Dew in the alt text.
  • Taken for Granite:
    • "Snakeskin" shows one way to avoid it.
    • Terrifyingly played straight in "Pork Chisel" with the still-conscious statues.
    • Might also apply to the guy in "Noblesse Oblige" - he's magically stuck for a long time, and from the fact that his pose doesn't change between panels, he may be magically paralyzed as well.
  • Tamer and Chaster: Because you can't post explicit nudity on a Patreon page anymore, the Oglaf Patreon posts SFW (but sometimes still dirty) parodies of their NSFW strips with the nudity blocked out and the jokes changed to fit (such as 'Duckopalypse', where they changed the 'i' to a 'u', and arguably has an even funnier punchline).
    • The comic itself, to a lesser extent, gradually moved this direction over time. It started as an attempt at pornography, turned into a Sex Comedy the moment it began, and broadened into a wider range of fantasy jokes as time went on. Oglaf still has plenty of raunchy moments, but they're no longer the singularly defining element of its comedy.
  • Tar and Feathers: Happens to an unfortunate face-stealer in "Prince Rodgar" after imitating an imposter.
  • Tarot Troubles: Parodied in "Cartomancy", in which the reader has removed every card except 'Death' and 'The Lovers' in an effort to make her readings more dramatic. "In a portentous moment, you don't want to draw 'Three of Cups' or something." Naturally, he draws the three of cups. So the reader gives him three cups, and pretty much says she more or less uses this minimalist deck to get laid.
  • Teach Him Anger: The titular Sword Master of "The Sword Master" strip returns with his apprentice again. This time he seeks to teach the apprentice anger for a tournament after they watch attractive women bathe, reasoning that being out of their league is highly frustrating... by telling him to masturbate to a picture of his opponent Lucius Bonecrusher until he finds him attractive? It seems Lucius practiced this as well, as at the tournament they both just blushed and started kissing each other instead of fighting. The Sword Master, outraged by his apprentice not fighting, enacts his training for himself upon the apprentice.
    Sword Master: Hey! What do you think you're doing? I'M GONNA FUCK YOU UP, BOY!
    (Beat Panel as he pulls out a picture of his apprentice)
    Sword Master: Just give me a month.
  • The Tease:
    • The blonde with the hat (who as of yet still remains unnamed) takes this Up to Eleven. Her first appearance involved her mocking a prison guard through a (clothed) sexual display with Vanka. Subsequent appearances have her teasing male lovers with outrageous demands and unorthodox fetishes, such as requiring them to state a ''preamble'' before engaging in coitus.
    • Mistertique is a Gender Flip.
      • Mistertique and Blonde-With-Hat hooked up for "Consummate". BWH insisted that Mistertique describe in graphic detail all the ways their lovemaking could go wrong, ruining the mood for him.
  • Technical Virgin: The in-universe definition of "virgin" tends to be pretty strict:
    • An entire city of them!
    • Ivan himself is identified as a virgin, but he by his own admittance is constantly having sexual things done to him, just nothing that breaks the technical status of his virginity. The castle doctors express concern his lack of sexual experience might end up killing him.
  • Temporal Paradox: In "Chronotherapy", a healer goes back in time to heal a plague before it ravages a kingdom, then returns to the present to claim his reward from the rulers. Exceeeeept, since there was no plague in the first place, the queen has no idea what she's supposed to be rewarding him for.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: If a man in Kronar's tribe gives birth to a daughter, they affix the "bow of shame" to its head and leave it to the wolves.
  • Testosterone Poisoning:
    • Kronar and his fellow warriors are very masculine, so... they reproduce by themselves, shun women and are gay.
    • "Feral Chic" has a barbarian talk about civilized women's love of barbarians, which they can never reciprocate with lest "the hard-edge steel saddle song" die in their heart. And after they start having feelings, they have to slit their eyes, walk off into the trackless wastes...and have a big wank. Apparently, there's so much dried barbarian spunk in the trackless wastes it's starting to look like tracks in some places.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: Kronar thinks scented candles are sorcery. He is 100% correct.
  • There Was a Door: Mistress' guards leave the gate open just to screw with assassins who are overly fond of Le Parkour.
  • This Looks Like A Job For A Dentist: Overbite, though the dentist was just as surprised as everyone else it worked.
  • Thinking Out Loud: "The Moment" has a woman admit she laughed at a guy's awful jokes to have sex with him just as she has it, a man being crowned admit he's betrayed, went into a loveless marriage and lied constantly for it, and a female bandit mention the uncomfortable preparation and waiting being for "now" after succeeding in robbing a coach with a gang. She takes it back after another bandit asks if it being all just for the moment means they can't spend their stolen money, and the gang then shells out on ice cream which the female bandit regards that as "the actual moment", and mocks a young boy that her's tastes so much better because she murdered someone for it.
  • Threat Backfire: The vampire Navaan tells Ivan that she's going to kill him... but first she's going to have sex with him. When his response is a delighted smile, she backs off in confusion: all her other victims have been lifelong virgins for whom sex is a genuine Fate Worse than Death.
  • Title Drop: In "Suddenly", Oglaf, where we learn that the full title is (possibly) The Magical Adventures of Oglaf the Shepherd Boy.
  • Tongue on the Flagpole:
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • The guy that slew the minotaur had some... odd ideas about how the ball of yarn would help him escape the labyrinth.
    • After Kronar leaves a man alive to tell the story, the man later calls Kronar a wuss for doing so. When Kronar hears and decides to kill him and his friends, leaving only one alive, they still can't resist teasing him about it. So he kills them all...and torches the tavern they're in...and stabs a few nearby trees.
  • Too Kinky to Torture:
    • Ivan — at least, Navaan seems to think so. Considering that this happens in an entire city populated by virgins who are terrified at even the possibility that someone sexually promiscuous might be running about, Navaan probably expected such threats to elicit a somewhat more fearful reaction.
    • The deer-girl in "Quivering Flanks" only has sex after running herself to exhaustion, and the hunter suggesting increasingly-serious injuries does nothing but turn her on more. It ends with her falling off a cliff and breaking her leg, but wants to have sex over having her compound fracture treated.
    • "The Flaming Wheel" portrays a man punished in hell for the sin of liking butts too much. They try to give him the Ironic Hell treatment of being crushed by enormous sweaty asses, but he's of course Too Kinky to Torture.
  • Too Soon: An in-universe example provides the punchline of 'Spectrophilia' (a strip about a guy having sex with a ghost):
    Guy: I fucked a dead woman!
    Friend: What, your mum?
    Guy: Too Soon, man.
    Friend: Sorry.
  • Torture Technician: A pair of them, each In Love With Each Other's Transgression.
  • Totem Pole Trench: A tournament is won by a bunch of babies in a suit of armour in "Bascinet".
  • Treants: The comic has occasionally featured an unnamed tree-species. Their males look like Treants while their females are humanoid Plant People.
  • Tricking the Shapeshifter: Whoops.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: invokedMistertique and the Cougar Queen have an argument along these lines regarding "the secret of [his] man-pants!"
    Mistertique: See? You cannot plumb the depths for sheer enigma!
    Cougar Queen: It's not an enigma if there's nothing behind it. This is just wilful abstruseness.
    Mistertique: [beat] There's no shame in admitting you don't get it. Seriously.
  • Turn Undead: Though not the kind of "turning" you were thinking.
  • Twincest: In "Dearest", the first sign that the "Felicia" hallucination is beginning to break down is when Ivan sees that his hot wife has given birth to a pair of tiny adult women who are making out with each other.
    Felicia: Oh Alex, look! I had twins! And they're totally hot!
    Ivan/"Alex": Wait! Wait! Wait! I don't think she's real. Hang on. [Beat Panel] Oh fuck.
  • Underboobs: The Snow Queen's outfit, presumably for easy access since almost all of her appearances have her welcoming someone into her boudoir, and considering what has to happen for spring to come around.
  • The Unfair Sex: In Oglaf's rendition of Genesis, Adam isn't allowed to eat from the Tree of Knowledge, but Eve is. Might have something to do with the fact that the fruits are phallic and have to be milked for their nectar.
  • 20 Bear Asses: Apparently these are suggested by some jackass.
  • Unflinching Walk: Greir, Navaan, and the monks pull one of these off after torching the temple of fun.
  • Unfortunate Name: Apellomancers can give these to people. Just ask Princess Fatherfucker and Captain Cockstink.
  • Unishment: "The Flaming Wheel" features a guy who's sent to hell for the sin of "liking butts". He's sentenced to be eternally crushed between a pair of enormous sweaty asses.
    Torture Demon: Can you, like pretend not to be enjoying this? My supervisor's doing an inspection this afternoon.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: Mistress, though all of her outfits are skimpy.
  • Unlucky Everydude: Ivan the Apprentice. So very unlucky.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal:
  • Unstoppable Force Meets Immovable Object: A man blessed with the greatest cock in the world is unable to ejaculate due to causing everything his cock touches to orgasm instantly. He eventually crosses paths with the man cursed to give the greatest blowjobs in the world, who manages to hold out long enough to make the other man come closer than he ever had before to achieving climax before having a lipgasm and falling asleep.
  • The Unsmile: Anyone affected by the Funsnake's aura gets a wide-eyed, demented grin.
  • Unsound Effect: The Sword Master's Dope Slap is appropriately sound effected with SLAP!
  • Unusual Euphemism: The Immaculate City's inhabitants have curious notions of what sexual terms exist, and what the real ones actually mean.
  • Upper-Class Twit: The Ambassador seems to have a case of this.
  • Urban Legend Love Life: Every woman who's had sex with the protagonist of "Prowess" says he's great in bed. He's not actually great; he just has a magic amulet that forces women to say that.
  • Vagina Dentata: "Rogue Arsenal 3" is more like "vagina-that-squirts-ink-in-the-face-of-anyone-performing-cunnilingus-on-the-wearer", but it still works.
  • Vapor Wear: Vanka's outfit is cut low enough in front and high enough on the sides to demonstrate this ("Cryophilia", for example).
  • Vicious Cycle: "Rivulets" depicts a beautiful woman who apparently is trapped in an "endless fuck-wish cycle" because she baths erotically...until a plainer woman walks in to the spring and inadvertently changes her life by just regularly bathing, to the disappointment of a Peeping Tom in the bushes nearby.
  • Viewers Are Geniuses:
    • What do you mean you don't get the joke in "Salome?" How did you not know that the biblical Salome's dance convinced Herod to behead John the Baptist and that in Oscar Wilde's adaptation of the story she kisses his decapitated head?
    • Not to mention Scherazade's occasional appearance.
    • And of course there's the 'Golden Hind' Bordello.
  • Virgin Sacrifice:
    • Navaan has been sending virgins "out" of Vanorva to be eaten by her fellow vampires. It's not clear whether the victims have to be virgins or if virgins are just the easiest prey.
    • Parodied in Magma Chamber, when the volcano god turns out to be gay.
  • Virgin Power: Oglaf inevitably plays with this trope occasionally:
    • Only virgins can see the Enchanted City of Vanorva. Because of this, the entire population is celibate, to avoid accidentally depopulating the place. If a supposed slut somehow enters the city (even if the sex activities were not consensual, as most of Ivan's were not), there is widespread panic. Except, blowjobs don't count... nor does flang. The jury's still out on anal. Ivan tried to convince Navaan it was okay (implying that he's had it done to him), but she had second thoughts after seeing the soldiers looking for them.
    • Also a Brick Joke from earlier in the arc.
    • See also the religious order in "Lapis Lazuli." When Vanka comes to plunder their idol, she's clever enough to deflower her attackers before making off with her prize.
    • In the two-strip story "The Virgin Cobbler", the highly skilled title character tells her aristocratic clients that her skills are empowered by her virginity. One comely female client sets out to ensure that none of her rivals will ever acquire more stylish footwear than her own by deflowering the cobbler. (Lesbian is assumed to count here.) The cobbler seems quite happy with that and then goes off to buy a potion of virginity restoration. The punchline is that the cobbler knows that the potion is just sugar water, just like cobbling skill comes from talent and practice. She and the potion vendor share an opinion of rich people.
  • Visual Pun/Multiple Reference Pun:
    • Sandoval's funeral outfit includes a bundle of sticks on his head; i.e. a faggot. Sandoval is gay. (It's also mourning wood.)
    • Another Visual Pun: Vanka has an octopussy.
    • "Hot Broiler" is all about visual puns.
  • Wangst: Invoked by Sandoval, who takes "mourning drugs" to make himself inconsolable after the "death" of The Apprentice.
  • Weakness Turns Her On: According to Vanka in "Lapidary," "sometimes you can be so sad you go all the way around to being hot." When her victim proves utterly pathetic, she bones him.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: In "Lapis Lazuli" and next two comics. The monks learn their lesson, though.
  • We Need a Distraction: Fortunately, a rodeo-bull in a giant penis suit escaping its pen should do nicely.
  • Wham Episode: Kill the apprentice? Pfft, Like You Would Really Do It. Oh... oh no!
  • What Have I Become?: Used word-for-word as the punchline of "The Abyss."
  • Whip It Good: The last panel of one strip implies that Mistress is about to put this to good use on Ivan.
  • Why Don't Ya Just Shoot Him?: Averted hilariously and spectacularly on two occasions:
    • Mistress is about to torture a man in a way so horrible once you understand that it's a good thing when her pet falcon incinerates him with its laser eyes. This prompts her to sell the bird.
    • The second time Mistress deliberately invokes it.
  • Winter Royal Lady: The Snow Queen. Quite literally.
  • The Wise Prince: Tristram. (His brother Thessaly is stuck being the Cynical Prince in a story that runs on Idealism.)
  • Womb Level: Literally with the "Labi-rinth", a labyrinth styled like the interior of a vagina in "Hart's Line". It is defended by a giant snake, and the keepers read it literature about passionate romantic architecture to keep it lubricated.
  • Worst Aid: Navaan's doctor practice is pretty much entirely her making leaps of logic or just having sex with people. Of course, the comic applies basic logic to her disastrous concepts by frequently having people die.
  • Would Hurt a Child: The Huntsman in... "The Huntsman" needs the princess's heart for the queen but can't bring himself to kill her. Hansel and Gretel's hearts on the other hand...
  • Would Not Hit a Girl: The men of Kronar's tribe are unable to physically strike a woman. Literally: all attempts to attack a woman will fail (with said woman merely assuming a seductive pose just out of reach). Kronar needs a special weapon to slay a sorceress.
  • Yaoi Fangirl:
    • The paladin from "Rigor Mortis".
    • Mistress with Sandoval and the Apprentice as well.
    • Scheherazade in "Arabian Nights" too.
      Sultan: Sorry, did you say "moustache"?
      Scheherazade: Eyelashes. I said eyelashes.
    • Trudy Cooper herself it seems.
  • Yaoi Guys: Many characters in the series, such as:
    • Kronar and his mate.
    • The two guys from "Balcony" (who might bear some resemblance to Miguel and Tulio if you squint a bit).
    • The "Princess" and "her" prince.
    • The guys from "Arabian Nights".
    • The gladiators in "Sport" apparently take requests.
    • Sandoval treads a fine line between this and Anything That Moves.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Or can you?
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Human characters have normal hair colors except for Greir, whose hair is bluish-green.
  • Young Conqueror: Played for laughs when a little princess is given an army for her birthday, which she then uses to go on a campaign of conquest against a candy factory. Then her army is besieged by the forces belonging to a different princess, and she starts wishing for an assassin on her next birthday.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: Inverted in "Ravine". Greir is not amused.
  • You Won't Feel a Thing: A favorite "promise" of the Nurses.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Shows up here and there, but Greir's default outfit features Grade A.


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