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A tabletop adventure show on CollegeHumor's spin-off site, Dropout. Dimension 20 is hosted by Brennan Lee Mulligan and the cast is mostly made up of past and present CollegeHumor cast members. Dimension 20 quickly proved to be a fan favorite, and a second season featuring the same cast but a different setting and campaign was put into production before the first season finished airing as well as a 6-episode sidequest. These additional campaigns proved popular enough that Dimension 20 has now expanded to become arguably Dropout's biggest draw, with multiple series starring the "Intrepid Heroes" from the first season, across three (so far) different settings, plus a variety of spin-offs of varying sizes. Although it hasn't reached the same level of success and far-reaching appeal as Critical Role, at this point Dimension 20 is one of the best-known Actual Play TTRPG shows on the internet.


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Seasons and casts

    Season 1, Fantasy High 
Follows a group of misfit students at Aguefort Adventuring Academy, a high school for heroes in a strangely suburban area of a traditional high fantasy realm. Thrust together under the most Breakfast Club of circumstances, they very quickly get embroiled in a mystery that it seems like adults should probably be handling. And things just spiral from there. 17 episodes, plus 2 bonus episodes.

  • Brennan Lee Mulligan as the Dungeon Master
  • Siobhan Thompson as Adaine Abernant, high-elf wizard
  • Lou Wilson as Fabian Seacaster, half-elven fighter
  • Ally Beardsley as Kristen Applebees, human cleric
  • Zac Oyama as Gorgug Thistlespring, half-orc barbarian
  • Emily Axford as Fig Faeth, wood-elf/tiefling bard
  • Brian Murphy as Riz Gukgak, goblin rogue

    Season 2, Escape from the Bloodkeep 
Follows the lieutenants of Zaul’nazh, the Lord of Shadows and their adventures at the afformentioned Bloodkeep. The final push towards conquering the world of Man has gone awry, and our team of villains must sort out what has gone wrong while trying to survive. 6 episodes.

  • Brennan Lee Mulligan as the Dungeon Master
  • Amy Vorphal as Efink Murderdeath, high elf cleric and Far-Seer of the Lands of Midnight
  • Mike Trapp as Sokhbarr, Kashai ranger and Master of Beasts
  • Erika Ishii as Lillith, drider druid and Mother of Spiders
  • Matthew Mercer as Kraz-Thun, Pactwraith warlock and King of the Vinguri
  • Ify Nwadiwe as Markus St. Vincent, human rogue and Captain of the Forgotten Fleet
  • Rekha Shankar as Maggie, tiefling barbarian and Daughter of Darkness

    Season 3, The Unsleeping City 
Takes place in a fantasy version of New York where magic is hidden from the waking world. Six residents of NYC have come together to fix the upset that has come between the realm of the waking and the unsleeping world. 17 episodes.

  • Brennan Lee Mulligan as the Dungeon Master
  • Siobhan Thompson as Misty Moore, fairy bard
  • Lou Wilson as Kingston Brown, human cleric
  • Ally Beardsley as Pete the Plug, human sorcerer
  • Zac Oyama as Ricky Matsui, human paladin
  • Emily Axford as Sofia Bicicleta, human monk
  • Brian Murphy as Kugrash, ratfolk druid

    Bonus Season, Dimension 20 LIVE (Fantasy High: Sophomore Year) 
A continuation of Fantasy High and the first Dimension 20 season to be produced in a livestream format rather than prerecorded. Follows The Bad Kids and friends during spring break of their sophomore year as they travel around Spire to find the crown of The Nightmare King. 20 episodes, plus 2 bonus episodes.

  • Brennan Lee Mulligan as the Dungeon Master
  • Siobhan Thompson as Adaine Abernant, high-elf wizard
  • Lou Wilson as Fabian Seacaster, half-elven fighter
  • Ally Beardsley as Kristen Applebees, human cleric
  • Zac Oyama as Gorgug Thistlespring, half-orc barbarian
  • Emily Axford as Fig Faeth, wood-elf/tiefling bard
  • Brian Murphy as Riz Gukgak, goblin rogue

    Season 4, Tiny Heist 
Follows the tiny denizens of the little world in your own backyard. The land of littlefolk and fairies isn't as friendly as it seems, and our heroes are out to snatch a big score from this world's most influential crime boss. Features the McElroy family from The Adventure Zone as players. 6 episodes.

  • Brennan Lee Mulligan as the Dungeon Master
  • Griffin McElroy as Bean, Moocher monk
  • Travis McElroy as Car-go Jones, Car-Mo-Bot rogue
  • Justin McElroy as Rick Diggins, Click-O rogue
  • Clint McElroy as Boomer Coleptra, beetle fighter
  • Jessica Ross as Agnes, fairy bard
  • Lily Du as TI-83, tik-tek mechanic

    Season 5, A Crown of Candy 
Follows the royal family of Candia in the continent of Calorum, where political machinations threaten the food-themed land's uneasy peace. 17 episodes.

  • Brennan Lee Mulligan as the Dungeon Master
  • Siobhan Thompson as Princess Ruby Rocks, red licorice Rogue
  • Lou Wilson as King Amethar of House Rocks, rock candy Barbarian (Storm Herald)
  • Ally Beardsley as Liam Whilhemina of House Jawbreaker, peppermint Ranger
  • Zac Oyama as Chancellor Lapin Cadbury, chocolate bunny Warlock (Celestial)
  • Emily Axford as Princess Jet Rocks, black licorice Rogue
  • Brian Murphy as Sir Theobold Gumbar, gummy bear Fighter (Eldritch Knight)

    Season 6, Pirates of Leviathan 
The first season to be a spinoff of a previously established Dimension 20 universe, as it's set in the Fantasy High universe but does not feature The Bad Kids or Elmville. Instead, it takes place in the floating pirate settlement of Leviathan within the oceans of Spire. It's here we follow a motley crew of buccaneers as they adventure through the briny deep. 6 episodes.

  • Brennan Lee Mulligan as the Dungeon Master
  • Carlos Luna as Cheese, forest gnome wizard
  • Krystina Arielle as Barbarella Sasparilla Gainglynn, aasimar bard/cleric
  • Aabria Iyengar as Myrtle, merfolk cleric
  • B. David Walters as Marcid, bugbear ranger
  • Marisha Ray as Sunny, aaracokra paladin
  • Matthew Mercer as Jack, ratfolk barbarian

    Season 7, The Unsleeping City: Chapter II 
Takes place three years after the initial events of The Unsleeping City as the Dream Team, joined by two new faces, reunites to confront the unfettered capitalism presented by the massive media corporation Gladiator as it threatens both the dreaming and waking worlds. 18 episodes.

  • Brennan Lee Mulligan as the Dungeon Master
  • Siobhan Thompson as Iga Lisowski, human warlock
  • Lou Wilson as Kingston Brown, human cleric
  • Ally Beardsley as Pete Conlan, human sorcerer
  • Zac Oyama as Ricky Matsui, human paladin
  • Emily Axford as Sofia Lee, human monk
  • Brian Murphy as Cody "Night Angel" Walsh, human paladin

    Season 8, Mice & Murder 
Set in an alternate version of Victorian England populated entirely by anthropomorphic animals. The cast, a motley crew of criminals and detectives, attend a lord's birthday party rife with intrigue and murder. 10 episodes.

  • Brennan Lee Mulligan as the Dungeon Master
  • Ally Beardsley as Lars Vandenchomp, canine fighter
  • Sam Reich as Buckster $ Boyd, javelina rogue
  • Katie Marovitch as Gangie Green, weasel rogue
  • Raphael Chestang as Vicar Ian Prescott, owl bard
  • Rekha Shankar as Daisy D'umpstaire, raccoon rogue
  • Grant O'Brien as Detective Sylvester Cross, fox rogue

    Season 9, Misfits and Magic 
Set in a world much like ours, where a prominent wizarding school has accepted four American students to learn the ways of magic. Endless shenanigans and culture clash is sure to ensue. 4 episodes.

  • Aabria Iyengar as the Dungeon Master
  • Erika Iishi as Karen Keiko Tanaka aka Dream
  • Danielle Radford as Sam Black
  • Lou Wilson as Whitney “Sandwich Man” Jammer
  • Brennan Lee Mulligan as Evan Kelmp

    Season 10, The Seven 
Welcome back to the world of Spyre, home of the Aguefort Adventuring Academy! But this isn't about the Bad Kids this time. Instead, our adventure focuses on The Seven maidens who have forged their own adventuring party and their incredible adventures. 10 episodes.

  • Brennan Lee Mulligan as the Dungeon Master and as Zelda Donavan, satyr barbarian.
  • Aabria Iyengar as Antiope Jones, human ranger/arcane archer
  • Erika Ishii as Danielle 'Yelle' Barstock, half-elf druid
  • Rehka Shankar as Katja Cleaver, half-orc fighter
  • Persephone Valentine as Sam Nightingale, water genasi sorcerer/bard
  • Isabella Roland as Ostentatia Wallace, dwarf cleric
  • Becca Scott as Penny Luckstone, halfling rogue

    Season 11, Shriek Week 

Welcome ghosts, ghouls and non-boo-nary pals to Bram University, an institution of higher learning for mortals and monsters alike. We'll be following four college students who are looking for love in all the wrong places. Four episodes.

  • Gabe Hicks as the Storyteller.
  • Ify Nwadiwe as Terry Talbo, business major and werewolf.
  • Ally Beardsley as Megan Mirror, psychology major and ghost.
  • Danielle Fernandez as Seven, accounting major and vampire.
  • Lily Du as Tuti IV, structural engineering major and mummy.

    Season 12, A Starstruck Odyssey 

Set in the universe of Starstruck, a graphic novel series by Elaine Lee, this season is a space opera that follows the crew of the spaceship "The Red Hot" as they try to make a living in a tough, lawless galaxy. Uses the SW5e (Star Wars Fifth Edition) RPG system instead of regular 5e.

  • Brennan Lee Mulligan as the Dungeon Master.
  • Emily Axford as Sundry Sidney, android sentinel
  • Brian Murphy as Big Barry Syx, cloned human berserker
  • Siobhan Thompson as Riva, Aguatunisian consular
  • Lou Wilson as Gunthrie "Gunnie" Miggles-Rashbax, human cyborg engineer
  • Ally Beardsley as Margaret Encino, human scholar
  • Zac Oyama as Captain Norman "The Skipper" Takamori, human operative (and the cerebroslug that takes over his body)

Dimension 20 contains examples of:

    Fantasy High 

  • The Ace: Fabian Seacaster generally comes out on top whenever he is asked to do physical feats.
  • Age-Gap Romance: Doctor Asha (an adult) believes he is in a relationship with Doctor Keller (an adult), but she is just a disguised Fig (a teenager).
  • And the Adventure Continues: In the epilogue of season 1, Principal Aguefort notifies the party that the Nightmare King's crown has gone missing from his office. They retrieve the crown in the second season, only for it to end in a similar cliffhanger situation.
  • Anywhere but Their Lips: Zelda kisses Gorgug on the cheek.
  • Arrested for Heroism: Episode 15 starts off with everyone being arrested for the litany of crimes they've committed while thwarting the season's villains.
  • Badass Family: The Gukgaks. Riz is a private investigator with lots of potential, Sklonda is a police detective and Pok was a secret government agent.
  • The Big Damn Kiss:
    • Gorgug kisses Ragh in an effort to convince him that there are other fish in the sea.
    • Fig and Ayda have one in "Crustaceans and Crushes"
  • Boats into Buildings: Fabian lives in a giant dry-docked ship, since his father is a semi-retired pirate captain.
  • Break Them by Talking: Kalvaxus tries this on the gang during the prom battle while using his draconic fear inducing abilities and he's able to get Fig and Adaine to turn tail by calling them unlovable and worthless, respectively.
  • Brick Joke: Bill Seacaster offhandedly says that when he dies he will leap into Hell and kill the Devil himself. After dying, he not only goes to Hell, he turns Kalvaxus into a hellish, fire-breathing pirate ship and sets off to conquer all the Nine Hells.
    • And earlier, they ask Besrar to surprise them with ice-cream at a later point - it starts raining ice-cream during the Dénouement.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Biz Glitterdew wants to be a suave smooth-talker that seduces all the women he's attracted to, but he is just a nerdy A.V. Club President whose predatory advances repulses others.
  • Chekhov's Armory: Episode 15 contains a prophecy which ties a lot of unresolved plot hooks together, including the tiny detail of restoring Prom King and Queen from the very first episode.
  • Chekhov's Boomerang: The party gains a pocket watch that stops time when they defeat Aelwyn, but they don't use the item until the final battle when Arthur Aguefort returns to life and tells Kristen to use it. According to Brennan Lee Mulligan, he was "mortified" during the final battle while the characters were having their asses kicked, as he had no way of reminding the players that Kristen had the watch until Kristen rolled a Nat 20, allowing him to create a plot excuse to remind Kristen of the watch in the form of Arthur Aguefort.
  • Chekhov's Classroom: Principal Aguefort's speech in the first episode mentions the strongest magic in the world being chronomancy - the watch that stops time is what saves the day.
  • Chekhov's Gag: In season 2, The Bad Kids find the name of Garthy O'Brien suspicious and figure it to be an acronym. The ultimate solution they come up with is "Night Yoarrbe", which most likely isn't a lead whatsoever, considering "Yoarrbe" (which they later shorten to "Yorb") isn't even a real word. However, the Hangman takes it extremely seriously as if it was a real and dangerous entity, screaming "SPEAK NOT OF THE NIGHT YORB!" Later, while high, Riz gets the name tattooed on his chest. The Night Yorb then becomes somewhat of an inside joke in the fandom, the joke being that it couldn't possibly mean anything. However, In the epilogue of the finale, Riz is shirtless and his mom scolds him for getting so many tattoos. When Riz reads his chestpiece back to her, he starts floating in the air as the sky blackens and booms "You have spoken the name of the Night Yorb! An age of darkness forevermore!", turning what was previously day into eternal night. As it turns out, the Night Yorb is a very real and very dangerous entity, possibly being the Big Bad of season 3.
  • Closet Key: Tracker kisses Kristen when they first meet at a nightclub, which causes Kristen to acknowledge her attraction towards other women.
  • Cool Bike: The Hangman is a living demonic bike that can drive itself and give dating advice to his master.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Basrar is a djinn who can only grant wishes relating to ice-cream.
  • Curbstomp Battle: The season 1 finale against Kalvaxus is one twofold. Despite their best efforts and the intervention of both Jawbone and Gorthalax, the entire party is wiped out, with everyone left unconscious and bleeding out on the ground while barely getting him to half health. Kristen, however, turns the tide with a natural 20 on a DM approved "chance" roll (after previously becoming stable yet unconscious by successfully completing her death saving throws) bringing her back to consciousness after a short sidetrack to Heaven where she creates a new deity and allowing her to bring the party back and use Aguefort's pocket watch to give everyone 12 hours to rest up and prepare. With everyone at full health and with all their spells back, the second half of the battle is more of a massacre than a fight.
  • Darkest Hour: At the climax of Season One. The forces of Kalvaxis attack and burn down the household of every member of the party, and there's genuine tension as the DM explains what happened to them all. Nearly all the party members get off light, with the exception of Fabian, who fights a Harvestman to help save his father, loses an eye permanently in the battle, and fails the saving throw to save his father's life, leading to his father's death.
  • Dawn of an Era: Kalvaxus returns, the sun god Sol falls from the heavens, with "Yes!" the new god to replace him.
  • Deus ex Machina: Literally: Kristen dies and goes to Heaven for the second time during the final battle where she gets to enter the Void, has her answers about the universe answered, creates a new God called "Yes!" and returns to life with Arthur Aguefort in tow, and turns the tide of the fight.
  • Diplomatic Impunity: The Abernants like using this a lot whenever they get into trouble with the law.
  • Dumb Muscle: Most of the orc and half-orc characters don't show much intelligence, but do deal a lot of damage to their surroundings.
  • Eldritch Location: The Forest of the Nightmare King. The forest has bizarre, shifting geography that operates on dream logic and is filled with twisted, gnarled trees. In the forest, bad dreams and illusions become real and expose the people within to their worst fears and anxieties. It can only be defeated by facing those fears.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Vice Principal Goldenhoard, aka Kalvaxus, the BBEG of the entire campaign, reacts to Penelope being clocked in the face by Fabian with "Jesus Christ! No, no, no!"
  • Eyes Always Averted: Both Zelda and Gorgug have difficulty looking at each other when conversing.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Fabian after he loses one eye in a fight at his house.
  • Fake Defector: Riz pretends to join the conspiracy, but he immediately pulls a gun on the person inviting him.
  • Fantastic Drug: Several. "Snuff" is Spyre's equivalent of cocaine or other stimulant drugs, and gets the characters, including Riz, extremely wired. Ficus smokes a plant very similar to marijuana in its effects and legality. "Dusk moss" is Spyre's equivalent of acid, and has similar precautions and supposed benefits.
  • Fantastic Racism: Implied with Adaine's parents, outright stated with Kristen's.
  • Feghoot: In an unusual non-literary example, two of the Fantasy High one-shots are feghoots: One involving a Beholder with a magical enchantment in her eye that makes her appear as a beautiful woman - thus, "beauty is in the eye of the Beholder" - and two, five evil spirits known as the Fouls turn up at a party and try to ruin it for everyone, making them, of course, "party Fouls".
  • First Episode Resurrection: Gorgug and Kristen die in the first battle, but are almost immediately resurrected in the most insane way possible.
  • Freak Out: Barbarians have the ability "Rage" where they go into a hard-to-kill state.
  • Gender-Equal Ensemble: The Bad Kids are made up of three boys and three girls.
  • Genre Deconstruction: The campaign frequently subverts, plays with, and otherwise lampoons common tropes of the fantasy adventure genre. Arthur Aguefort especially enjoys Lampshade Hanging during his speeches about what it means to be an adventurer, ie, "a mentally deranged psychopath committing violence on a whim... with no consequences."
  • Genre Shift: From Mystery Fiction and 80s high-school movie in the first season to straight up Horror in the second season.
  • Guy-on-Guy Is Hot: When Ragh Barkrock kisses Gorgug, everyone but Fabian (and Gorgug) wants to stick around to see what happens next.
  • Happily Adopted: Everyone thinks the Thistlespring family is amazing except for Gorgug.
  • He's Back!: Arthur Aguefort returns to life in the final battle against Kalvaxus, however he instantly gets possessed as is unable to help in the battle.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: The oft-mentioned KVX bank is actually a front for Kalvaxus' wealth, allowing him to have his "glittering hoard" right in the heart of Solace.
  • Hollywood Psych: Jawbone turns into a miraculous guidance school councilor despite having hit rock bottom in drug-dealing right before getting the job.
  • Homoerotic Dream: Lampshaded
  • Hot for Student: Fig has a consistent streak of trying to seduce adults into having sexual relations with her.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Gorthalax the Insatiable and Sklonda Gukgak wind up together.
  • I Kiss Your Hand: Tracker kisses Kristen's hand when they first introduce themselves.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Episode 9 reveals that Shellford — the aloof turtle member of the A/V Club — is this.
    Adaine: You know, kindness begets kindness, Shellford.
    Shellford: (Mentally) How could I ever be kind to somebody when I've never been kind to myself? (Aloud) Alright, fuckin' doinks! I'm happy.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: After defeating Biz, Riz gets so angry that Penny has been taken that he points a gun at him and gives him five seconds to answer his questions. When Biz hesitates, Riz blows off one of his fingers, then blows off a second. Subverted when it's revealed that Biz had false memories implanted, Riz apologises and sews the fingers back on.
  • Knight Templar: Coach Daybreak is a heavy believer in the Church of Sol. He is later revealed to be the leader of the radicalized terrorist cult: The Harvestmen.
  • Lady Drunk: Hallariel Seacaster is always seen with a drink in hand.
  • Lecherous Licking: Aelwyn does this towards Fabian after their initial meeting.
  • Likes Older Men: Fig flirts with three characters in the series: Dr. Asha, an adult dwarf, Vice Principal Goldenhoard, an adult dragonborn, and Hillariel Seacaster, Fabian's mom.
  • Magitek: Everyday items in the real world have magical equivalents in Elmsville. Crystals, for example, can function as both cell phones and go-pros.
  • Mind Screw: Quite a lot in the second season due to its focus on dreams and illusion.
    • The Forest of the Nightmare King in general is full of this, due to its reality-warping tendencies. Canonically all of the main characters spend days running around inside it, but experience those days as a matter of hours due to tripping on dusk moss. Brennan even states openly that if the player characters tried to comprehend what was going on they would go insane, because the Forest of the Nightmare King operates on dream logic and refuses to make sense.
    • The circumstances surrounding Kristen's death and resurrection towards the end of Season 2 - specifically the fact that when the others find her skeleton it's been there for 850 years.
  • Mighty Glacier: Gorgug was the only one who could handle any of the railway golem's attacks.
  • Munchkin: While the Bad Kids stay mostly on track with the plot at hand, Arthur Aguefort openly states that the Aguefort Adventuring Academy is designed to create "violent, deranged lunatics" who "freak the fuck out all the time, and just fuck shit right up".
  • Murder-Suicide: Arthur Aguefort kills Mr. Gibbons and then himself, firstly to save the lives of Gorgug and Kristen, and secondly as part of an insane gambit involving Sol, the Sun God and an ancient prophecy.
  • Nice Guys Finish Last: Biz uses this as the reason why he imprisons the women he is attracted to.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Adaine finally bests her sister and has her arrested for attempted murder...which leads to war being declared on Solace within the day for imprisoning a diplomat's child.
  • No Social Skills: Before joining the group, Gorgug didn't have many friends.
  • Not Afraid of Hell: Bill Seacaster fully acknowledges he's going to Hell when he dies after his long life of piracy and pillaging, but shows no fear, boldly declaring, "I SHALL LEAP INTO HELL AND KILL THE DEVIL HIMSELF!" Fig thinks this view is too badass for words.
  • Only Sane Man: Federal Agent Angela Worrel shows up and is shocked and appalled that the town is fine with the party going rogue (so to speak) and killing people because they're in adventuring school and that's what adventurers do.
    • Lawful Stupid: Then again, they broke the law while trying to stop Daybreak from ending the world and Johnny Spells from kidnapping more girls.
  • Orc Raised by Elves: Gorgug was raised by a pair of loving gnomes.
  • Our Demons Are Different: In the Fantasy High universe, there is a distinct difference between devils and demons. Devils are lawful evil religious entities, working simultaneously in opposition to and in tandem with the angels of a given religion. Demons, on the other hand, are chaotic evil and not affiliated with religious dichotomies. There may be times in the series where a devil character is mistakenly referred to as a demon, but they aren't synonyms.
  • Pair the Spares: Most of the single parental figures in the story wind up with each other.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil:
    • While the party isn't afraid to kill anyone, Kristen does revive any students who got manipulated into doing the conspiracy's dirty work. Notably, the only two that they leave dead are Penelope and Dayne, the two unrepentant masterminds.
    • Biz is very nearly on the recieving end of this also, and is only saved when Adaine realizes he's also been manipulated.
  • Police Are Useless: Comically so, as all but Riz's mom are utterly inept, to the point of misplacing evidence within the precinct.
  • The Power of Rock: The basis of Fig's bardic magic. More specifically used to free Gorthalax from his imprisonment.
  • Precision F-Strike:
    • "You fucking cunt!"
    • "Fuck! You! Dawg!"
  • Prophecies Are Always Right: Although the prophecy seemed ominous, Aguefort offers a different interpretation that is a lot more mundane, much to Adaine's chagrin.
  • Rambling Old Man Monologue: Principal Aguefort gives a speech to the incoming freshman that truly stuns every character listening.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Adaine tells Biz the exact reasons why his flirting and cocky attitude will never get him the respect that he wants.
  • Recovered Addict: After William Seacaster's death and Fabian's scolding, Hallariel decides to stop drinking and start training her son in the art of fencing.
  • Rock Me, Asmodeus!: Fig is part-demon, and as a result she's an exceptionally talented bass player. Her father, Gorthalax the Insatiable, is also a fuckin' sick guitarist, at least according to Brennan.
  • Rousing Speech: Kristen's uses of her skill "Inspiring Speech" often inspires her friends in unintended ways.
  • Running Gag: Several.
    • Gorgug constantly suspects anyone to be his dad.
    • Gorgug quietly singing to himself when he's angry, especially in earlier episodes. Usually followed by him Raging.
    • Kristen occasionally gives inspiring speeches that are far too confusing or emotional, always prompting at least one character to mutter the phrase "It's going to get inspiring soon".
    • Gilear's almost supernatural pathetic and mundane-ness causes him to constantly be in situations where he is humiliated, endangered, and maybe even killed. But don't worry, he's always brought back (albeit reluctantly).
    • Fig's ability "Bardic Inspiration" manifests in the form of her winking towards someone. This makes everyone affected sexually confused.
    • Fig playing the bassline to "Longview" by Green Day for a magical or charm effect.
    • "Hi, intrepid heroes!"
    • Adaine's Identify spell manifests as an effete-voiced automated assistant, who always starts their pronouncements with, "Ah, yes, the _____" and ends them with "This has been another use of the Identify spell."
    • Riz and his mom are goblins who talk normally and act like regular people, but they're also very messy eaters who noisily eat food in the way you would expect a goblin to eat food. This comes to a head when they noisily chow down on Kalvaxus's face as vengeance for eating Riz's Dad.
  • Running Gagged: The running gag of Gorgug asking people if they're his dad is finally ended when Gorgug actually meets his dad. In the first episode of the second season Murph makes a joke relating to it when Gorgug rolls badly, and Brennan responds "We concluded this bit in the final episode of the last season!"
  • Sacred First Kiss: Kristen basically takes everyone's first kiss when she outs herself for the second time and tells them to go to therapy if they feel disturbed by her actions.
  • Schizo Tech: The setting has the vibe of a movie made in The '80s set in The '50s, with malt shops, hot-rods and station-wagons, but also all the characters have crystals which act as stand-ins for smartphones, computers, cameras and hard-drives.
  • Sequel Hook: The first campaign ends with Arthur Aguefort asking if the kids remembered to lock his office door... because the crown of the Nightmare King seems to be missing.
    • Happens again at the end of the second campaign. This time, Riz accidentally summons the Night Yorb by speaking its name aloud, causing a pillar of darkness to explode from his chest into the sky, turning it instantly from day to night. A voice proclaims there shall be "an age of darkness, forevermore!" and suddenly Principal Aguefort appears, asking if Riz has given thought about his junior year project...
  • Shout-Out: It should have its own page.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Adaine and Aelwyn constantly bicker and cast magic spells on one another. It accelerates into a Cain and Abel relationship.
  • Socially Awkward Hero: Adaine, Gorgug, and Kristen have difficulty in speaking with others, especially those who they are attracted to.
  • Stress Vomit: Riz always barfs whenever he finds clues relating to his missing babysitter.
  • Twice Shy: Gorgug and Zelda.
    Ally: It's like watching Michael Cera talk to another Michael Cera.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: One of Bill Seacaster's ex-crewmembers is a tornado.
  • The Un Twist: In the penultimate episode, Murph says that he thought Vice Principal Goldenhoard was mean so that meant he was a good guy.
  • Urban Fantasy: The story seems to take place in an anachronistic 1960s city with all of their technology powered by mystical means.
  • Virgin Sacrifice: The Seven Maidens are all captured to fulfill the prophecy of Kalvaxus having seven virgins at the foot of his lair during the Prompocalypse.
  • We Can Rule Together: Riz is offered this by Biz Glitterdew, but he immediately rejects the offer by pulling a gun on the fairy.
  • Wham Episode: This campaign is built on several revelations
    • When Gorgug and Kristen die in the first battle, Principal Aguefort performs a murder-suicide with Guidance Councilor Gibbons in order to revive the player characters.
    • Aelwyn is a part of the palimpsest conspiracy.
    • The penultimate episode of the campaign hits us with the twin reveals that Principal Goldenhoard has been arc baddie Kalvaxus this whole time and that Adaine became the elven oracle when the original one died the day before the campaign started.
  • Wham Line: In the penultimate episode...
    [examining a school payroll roster]
    Riz: Hey guys... there's no dragonborn on here.
    Kristen: What?
    Riz: Vice Principal Goldenhoard isn't on here.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: The last couple minutes of the finale is this.
  • World's Best Warrior: Bill Seacaster refers to his wife, Hallariel, as the greatest fencer in the world , much to Fabian's surprise.
  • Would Hit a Girl: The entire gang, including heavy hitters Gorgug and Fabian, don't hold back against Penelope during the final battle, even though they don't feel great about it.
  • Would Hurt a Child / Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Zig-zagged. The adventurers are willing to fight skateboarding middle schoolers to find clues about the conspiracy, but they are relieved with word of their survival.
  • You Kill It, You Bought It: When Johnny Spells dies, Gorgug takes his jacket and Fabian tames his demonic motorbike.
  • Small Parent, Huge Child: Gorgug is comically tall compared to his adoptive parents, as revealed in the very first episode

    Escape from the Bloodkeep 

  • Affectionate Parody: Of The Lord of the Rings
  • Affably Evil: All the player characters, as well as some of the side characters, are generally incredibly nice and supportive to each other.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: When Maggie and Leiland are arguing over whose fault it is that Zaul'nazh has been irrevocably punted back to the realm of nightmares, she shuts him up with "where's the crown, Leiland?" (To add insult to injury, everyone else agrees with her.)
  • Artistic License – Physics: Acknowledged when Maggie uses a combination of Lilith's Reverse Gravity spell, her magic locket which allows her to jump higher, and a chain wrapped around an elf to swing into the air and kill Kasara. The players and Brennan acknowledge that with real physics it probably wouldn't be possible even with magic to help...but it's D&D, and since her rolls succeed, who cares, it's awesome.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: All the player characters refer to themselves as evil.
  • Civilized Animal: John Feathers, and the eagles in general. Society does not typically recognize them as such, though.
  • Dark Mistress: Maggie, who is Zaul'nazh's girlfriend.
  • Disappointed in You: Happens in episode 3, as Lilith tells her brood that she's "Not angry, just disappointed" for their failure to win a fight.
    Brennan: You guys have never seen a thousand spiders all lower their heads at the same time.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: One of the main things that draws people to Zaul'nazh's forces is the fact that absolutely anyone is welcome, especially the grotesque monsters of the world and people outcast from elsewhere. Sokhbarr, Lilith, and Markus at least all decide to usher in the age of a new Dark Lord because it's their only opportunity to carve a place for themselves and/or the creatures they protect in the world.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Leiland thinks child labor is wrong, and Sokhbarr actually calls him out on this.
    • Both Maggie and Leiland agree that Zaul'nazh is terrible for objectifying Maggie and Leiland.
  • Enemy Civil War: Brennan's original plan was to set all the player characters against each other. When this doesn't work out, he sets one up anyway with the players fighting Olag, the remaining Vinguri, and Hobbert and Frod.
  • Evil Is One Big, Happy Family: Much to Brennan's annoyance. The Vile Villains get along reasonably well before the death of Zaul'nazh. There's some friction between them immediately afterward, but they focus on defeating the encroaching Forces of Light and learn to truly rely on each other, rather than just work together. This comes to a head when the Boatman calls them out on this trope, only for them to defend themselves. Just because their evil doesn't mean they can't care about each other.
  • Evil Overlord: Zaul'nazh, Lord of Shadows
  • Evil Tower of Ominousness: The Bloodkeep, being a giant obsidian tower of doom. (Maggie's adjoining tower is red and much prettier.)
  • Expy: Most of the NPCs and some of the PCs are very obviously based on characters from The Lord of the Rings.
  • Family-Values Villain: Lilith and her spider children.
  • Fluffy Tamer: Sokhbarr is this, with J'er'em'ih and the lava mog.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Sokhbarr, especially towards monsters.
  • Frying Pan of Doom: Galfast Hamhead's weapon of choice.
  • Implausible Deniability: The crew's brief attempt to pretend that everything is fine after Zaul'nazh bites it and that he's just having "a sneeze". Lilith even lampshades it, pointing out that the entire zombie army just collapsed all at once, so obviously something is wrong.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Leiland, towards Zaul'nazh.
  • Mind Screw: Everything that J'er'em'ih does. Even Sokhbarr doesn't get all of it.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: In Bloodlines and Lifelines, Brennan describes all of the player characters as being united, plus J'er'em'ih and Old Pickering.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Efink Murderdeath. She gave herself this name.
  • Off the Rails: According to Word of God, the final encounter was going to be the Player Characters fighting each other to become the new Dark Lord. They wound up becoming such Fire-Forged Friends that Brennan had to improvise a different encounter.
  • Oh, No... Not Again!: Kasara says it verbatim when she gets yanked into the lava and instantly destroyed in episode 2.
  • Overlord Jr.: Maggie's baby, Leiland Jr.
  • Punctuation Shaker: J'er'em'ih.
  • Sky Pirate: Markus, who comes from an entire kingdom based on this concept.
  • Struggling Single Mother: Lilith is one, complete with constant wine-drinking.
  • Sympathetic P.O.V.: They might be the bad guys but between being Affably Evil, a number of Pet the Dog moments and the fact that several members of the Forces of Light are jerks you will find yourself rooting for them
  • Team Spirit: GO TEAM SPIDER!
  • Tom the Dark Lord: Maggie, Daughter of Darkness. Also, the Vinguri, who all have normal-sounding names, though they were renamed by Zaul'nazh.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Old Pickering, after his incompetence contributes to the destruction of the Siren.
  • The Power of Friendship: Where Efink gets her powers after her spirits leave her.
    • Turns into an Ignored Aesop when she abandons that and decides to become the avatar of Evil's power in the world, infusing her with nigh-limitless divinitory powers.
  • The Unpronounceable: The full name of the Scary Volcano.
  • Villain Protagonist: A whole team of them, as this is an evil campaign
  • Villains Out Shopping: Maggie takes John Feathers to the Market of Spines to buy a hat, and discuss another shopping trip at the end of Episode 5.
  • Wham Episode: Episode 5, "Bloodlines and Lifelines" in which Maggie gives birth, the party swears fealty to her child and then do a Hazy Feel Turn from Evil to "a different sort of evil" blowing Brennan's plans for a battle royale Evil Civil War out of the water
  • We ARE Struggling Together: In the first episode, the team is reeling from Zaul'nazh's death and haven't entirely bonded yet, so they spend a lot of time bickering and blaming each other. Also, Markus tries to convince the treasurer that the Lord of Shadows ordered the entire treasury moved to the Siren, which leads to another argument because the others think he's trying to cut and run (he's not, he just wants to make sure he gets paid).
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Johnathan Feathers points out that Eagles tend to get left out of the equation when discussing the "Free lands of Men", with Dwarves and Elves sometimes getting mentioned. This leads to Johnathan and another Eagle making a Face–Heel Turn and joining the party, as neither one is entirely happy with the Forces of Light in the matter.
  • Whole Plot Reference: It's practically The Lord of the Rings, but the bad guys' side - specifically, their side after the Artifact of Doom is destroyed, killing the Evil Overlord.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: All the PCs reassure Leiland of this when he's feeling useless.

    The Unsleeping City 
  • Ambiguously Human: Stephen Sondheim.
  • Ambiguous Situation: It's unclear if Kingston magic doesn't work outside of New York, or if it specifically doesn't work in New Jersey.
  • Badass Normal: Sofia Bicicleta/Lee, who even before learning about the magic of the city stabs a troll in both eyes with her stilettos via Flurry of Blows.
  • Balloonacy: The party have to climb several balloons from the Macy's Day Parade in order to defeat several monstrous clowns. No, not people in makeup, but real clowns.
  • Batter Up!: Esther Sinclair wields a silver baseball bat as her Arcane Focus to great effect.
  • Big Applesauce: It all takes place in New York City.
  • Big Friendly Dog: Ricky Matsui's noble steed Ox, a dalmatian whom the party are extremely protective of (especially Sofia).
  • The Chosen One: The Chosen Two, actually. Known as the Vox Fantasma and the Vox Populi, each act as the representative of the two sides of New York, the Sleeping World and the Waking World respectively. There have been many Voxes throughout New York's history but the campaign has the first occurrence where a Vox Fantasma and Vox Populi exist at the same time.
    • The Vox Fantasma is the envoy for the Dreaming World, and their power is derived from the dreams, wishes and nightmares of New York's people and the creatures that live in Nod, the Dream Realm and Sixth Borough. Pete is the current Vox Fantasma.
    • The Vox Populi is the voice of the Waking World and their power comes from the city itself and the people that are unaware of the magical world that exists. Kingston is the current Vox Populi.
    • There is a legend about a chosen one for the Order of the Concrete Fist, meant to be chosen at the top of the Empire State Building. Dale tried to become the chosen one by having The Chooser of the One choose him, to no avail. Sophia remembers that nothing in the Order of the Concrete Fist tells you who the chooser is, and realizes that's because the chosen one is whoever reaches the peak of the building and chooses themself.
  • Covert Group with Mundane Front: To the outside world, the defence of New York is, according to Ricky's sister, "some thing at Clinton Hill."
  • Crazy-Prepared: One particular miniature in Times Squaremageddon, namely Stephen Sondheim dual-wielding broadswords. That's a full custom 3D-printed and painted figurine just in case the party managed to summon both Sondheim and Santa and have them interact.
  • Down the Drain: The party enters the New York sewers in order to rescuse Em, the statue of Bethesda fountain, from the Rat King.
  • Dream Land: Nod, the Sixth Borough of New York City is described as a combination of this and Magical Land. It is shown as a surreal realm of endless night where the sky has more stars than darkness, and any rain or snow falls upwards out of the ground. The borough is home to a plethora of bizarre creatures like unicorns, a woman who lives in the moon, chimerical angel-bird-monkeys and is ruled by Nod, the Grey Orphan and Monarch of the Sleeping World.
  • Eye Scream: When Sofia drives a bunch of trolls away from a bachelorette party, she uses Flurry of Blows to jam her stilettos into a particularly unlucky troll's eyes. It doesn't kill him, but it freaks the trolls out enough that they book it.
  • Feathered Fiend: Chesley Sullenberger's apparition teches us that the geese that fly into the reactors of planes fully intend to do so, with a Dark Council of Geese masterminding every one of these instances in order to kill people.
  • Historical Domain Character: The Big Bad of Chapter I is Robert Moses, the legendarily controversial "master planner" of New York in the mid-20th century.
    • The former champions of the Questing Blade are all this, from Lou Gehrig to Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
  • Joisey: In Chapter II, several devils from New Jersey (including the Jersey Devil himself) try to get into New York via the Lincoln Tunnel. They are all huge jerks who Juul toxic smoke. Furthermore, Kingston's attack shorts out at the start of combat due to New Jersey's influence.
  • Masquerade: Most of New York has no idea about the magical world that co-exists with their own.
  • Monumental Battle: Both the first and final battles take place in Times Square, and the battle with Moses occurs in the New York Stock Exchange.
  • Monster Clown: Chapter II introduces us to the concept of True Clowns, which Brennan clarifies as being distinct from entertainers dressed in make-up. They are in this instance terrifying, sadistic creatures from the dream realm who hijack the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and attempt to kidnap Wally (aka Santa Claus).
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Pete is a drug addicted and drug dealing cowboy sorcerer chosen one.
  • Noodle Incident: Kingston and Misty often refer to a mummy that they fought several decades before the campaign started, which Kingston now keeps in an obsidian ankh underneath the salad bowl on the top of his fridge.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Esther and Sofia immediately notice Ricky struggling to be his usual happy self when Cody is given the Questing Blade over Ricky.
  • Painting the Medium: Played for Laughs in Chapter IInote . When Sofia casts Silence on Ricky, Zac mutes his microphone so he can't be heard screaming.
  • Phantom Zone: Nod/the Sixth Borough serves as this, especially during the crowded subway battle in Chapter II.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: Kingston Brown gets one in during the Stock Exchange fight: "You come for my family, you come for my friends, I will fucking drop you".
  • Running Gag: Because Sofia lives in Staten Island (which is a ferry ride away from most of New York), despite the fact that she's happy to have guests over, almost no one takes her up on it.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: Null's appearance in the museum is accompanied by a pulse of mental damage that instantly kills all the lighthearted familiars and animal companions (except for Cody's motorcycle), establishing the harrowing and serious stakes.
  • Take That!:
    • If you can't tell Brennan Lee Mulligan doesn't like SantaCon the first time it comes up (it sure says something that the normal drunk humans dressed as Santa are perfect cover for messed up magic Santa clones), you will definitely know by the end of SantaCon Mutant Melee, which is exactly what it sounds like and features some of the most horrific minis ever used in the show.
    • In a rare instance of a twofer Take That, Robert Moses is the main villain of Chapter I, and one of the first true confirmations that he's actually evil is when he wholeheartedly agrees with Pete when the latter lies by praising Ronald Reagan, and goes on a rant about what a genius he was.
    • The haunted subway train in Chapter II is similarly a very obvious dig at several types of annoying subway passengers.
    • Gladiator is a clear stand-in for Amazon, and the gentrification of New York is explored in detail throughout Chapter II.
  • Traintop Battle: During the Subway Battle in Chapter II, Sofia and a Frankenstein's monster end up atop one of the carriages.
  • Urban Fantasy: There really is magic happening within NYC.
  • What's Up, King Dude?: Pete and the rest of the group are able to speak to Nod, who they constantly refer to as "grey baby", much to the Monarch of the Sixth Borough's chagrin.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Misty/Rowan pulls an odd twist of this on the American Dream itself. She rejects the temptation it offers and severely weakens Robert Moses's attempt to make it manifest in his image by telling it, with conviction, that it doesn't need a physical body to be "real" - it already is in the minds of the people who dream of it.

    Tiny Heist 
  • And I Must Scream: Rick's backstory involves the fact that he was trapped behind a car seat for two years, in the dark, unable to move, able to hear, and subjected to endless arguments between two children who he has grown to hate. It was not pleasant, and was traumatizing enough that he's willing to die rather than get the love of a human child.
  • Change the Uncomfortable Subject: Inverted; it's not the person in question who doesn't want to talk about it, it's the people who hear the answer. In his Man About Town body, Rick has little to no filter, and when one of Ruthie the Shell's assistants asks him what it's like to be a toy without a human child to love him during a poker game, he explains his entire tragic And I Must Scream backstory, visibly disturbing basically everyone within earshot. Ruthie breaks in and asks everyone to keep table chatter to a minimum.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Only toys with faces can come alive, so Felix Flick carries around a cigarette lighter to burn the faces off toys who displease him. The only reason it doesn't happen to Car-Go is that Felix's moll Minetta begs him not to.
    • Special mention goes to Felix's demise. After being forced and bound into the seats of Car-Go's vehicle form, he is subjected to the unfortunate reality of being crushed to death via transformation sequence. Much rejoicing was had.
  • Delayed Explosion: After being established in Episode 4, the bomb that TI plants in Car-Go's chest and its associated detonator get tossed around and stolen by several characters throughout most of Episode 5. Eventually, Rick gets ahold of it and hurls it at Felix, surrounded by a swarm of goons... and it bounces harmlessly off his head. Nothing happens until the next round, when TI attacks the swarm of goons with a flamethrower.
    Justin: Hey! ...That didn't blow up the bomb?
  • Didn't Think This Through: When Garbonzo the bug mafioso lights a regular-sized match to light Agnes's cigarette, due to its size compared to him he can't just blow it out and spends a good amount of effort and almost lights himself on fire trying to put it out.
  • Interspecies Romance: Appears to be quite common in the setting, with Garbanzo Buglass the beetle and Agnes the fairy lightly flirting, Felix the steward dating Minetta the music box figurine and The Incredible Dantes, the turtle, aggressively flirting with pretty much everyone.
  • Mouse World: The entire campaign takes place in a suburban backyard.
  • Stylistic Suck: In-universe, the only scripts Boomer can find (that he didn't write himself) are horrible assignments from a play-writing class Dylan's mom teaches. Which explains why nobody comes to see him.

    A Crown of Candy 
  • Anthropomorphic Food: A good portion of Calorum are people that are sentient foodstuffs, with several denizens of Candia being literal desserts or sweets that have faces and limbs on them. Special mention goes to King Amethar's right hand Lord Calroy Cruller, a slice of cake whose demeanor is so grounded Zac had to remind himself he was imagining a talking piece of cake with arms and legs.
  • Anyone Can Die: Lapin Cadbury and Jet Rocks both die before season’s end.
  • Corrupt Church: The Bulbian Church reveals itself to be this, having plotted the assassination of King Amethar, unseat him from his position as king and using its influence to declare war on the nation of Candia.
  • Crapsaccharine World: A colorful and whimsical world of food with Game of Thrones-esque politics and passing references to a bloody conflict known as the Great Ravening War that occurred two decades before the campaign's start.
  • Darker and Edgier: To the point that Brennan on Dimension 20's official Twitter account had to warn people that the campaign would be darker in tone than previous campaigns and that characters would not be getting Plot Armor. Of course, this isn't surprising considering that it's inspired by A Song of Ice and Fire, which is itself a Darker and Edgier take on High Fantasy.
  • Level Ate: Calorum is a world where the populace and surrounding landscape are made of food. The six concordant kingdoms of Calorum are divided into the various groups within the food pyramid: Candia (where all the protagonists hail from), Fructera, Vegetania, Ceresia, the Dairy Islands and the Meat Lands.
  • The "Fun" in "Funeral": Jet's funeral is an extremely somber affair, to both the characters in-universe and viewers. However, it is then described that nearby, a little gumball farmer accidentally dropped some jellybeans and is trying to pick them up. The funeral-goers eventually pause the funereal tone of the scene to ask if he needs some help.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Enforced by the players. Brennan has asked during character creation that each backup character add another level of darkness into the show, and sure enough, all the players agrred:
    • Cumulous Rocks, Zac's secondary character, is an agent of the Spinning Star, an order that curates the magic of Candia to keep it accessible to its people. He's single-mindedly devoted to protecting the magic of Candia, and is completely merciless in his mission. He has, in his words, "a complicated relationship with death", as he doesn't mind that much people dying and in fact kills or tries to kill a lot of people and animals for a temporary boost of vitality or because they annoy him.
    • Saccharina Ghee, Emily's secondary character, is Amethar and Catherine Ghee's daughter, who was ruthlessly abused during all her childhood by the Bulbian nuns who run her orphanage. After an even more traumatising experience where she lost her connection to her aunt Lazuli, the only reassuring presence in her life so far, her hatred of the nuns and their Church grew even more, and she drowned them all. With her army of marauders at her side and as the High-Priestess of the Sweetening Path, she's had to fight dirty all her life to even think of winning against the Church and keep Candia's magical legacy away from them. Her tragic existence throws Amethar's failings back in his face, and greatly heightens them, and her terrible longing for a family of her own makes Ruby's rejection even harsher.
    • While none of the other cast members were able to use their backup characters, the unseen characters consisted of the revenant sugarless corpse of General Rococoa back from the dead for revenge (Siobhan), the angry and violent knight who secretly lusted after Queen Caramelinda (Ally), a necromancer with a body made entirely of melting molasses (Lou), and a horrific bubblegum monster (Murph).
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: When the campaign takes a significantly darker turn, lighthearted Team Pet Peppermint Preston is killed in the ensuing fight, while Lord Swirlie and his wife are executed shortly afterwards.
  • The Reveal: Episode 5, "Lapin's Big Day" ends with three bombshell revelations, all in quick succession:
    • King Amethar had a secret marriage to a woman from the Dairy Islands, which was not recognized by the Bulbian Church nor properly annulled.
    • His first marriage means that his second marriage to Queen Caramelinda is illegitimate and Amethar has no rightful claim to the throne. His children Jet and Ruby are also illegitimate bastards and have no claim to the throne.
    • The Pontifex of the Bulbian Church strips all three royals of land and official title, and since Amethar, Jet and Ruby are no longer royalty the title of Candia's ruler goes to the next in line - Duke Joren Jawbreaker - whose family stands in defiance of the Condordant Empire and the Bulbian Church. This leads to the Concordant Empire declaring war on Candia.
  • Running Gag:
    • Whenever King Amethar talks with someone who he fought with in the Great Ravening War, the conservation somehow always circles around to the fact that they've seen each other shit and piss in the trenches in an attempt to get honest with them.
      • Comes back to be Played for Drama when Lord Cruller stabs King Amethar in the back. The treacherous Lord points out that "a man shits himself when he dies," and that he'd be "happy to watch [Amethar] shit one last time."
  • Wham Episode: Again, the reveals of Episode 5 significantly alter the course of the story, with the other five kingdoms declaring war on Candia and their former royal family being forced to go on the run.
  • X Meets Y: This season is Game of Thrones meets Candyland.

    Pirates Of Leviathan 
  • City of Adventure: What else would you expect of a city that's basically a giant floatilla full of pirates?
  • Mundane Utility: A rare evil version. The villains of the campaign want to use a divine artifact in order to sink the city... so they can collect the insurance money.
  • No OSHA Compliance: The city consists of galleons slapped together by pirates with no sense of civil engineering. It's a miracle the city is still floating.
  • Not-So-Safe Harbor: This is Leviathan in a nutshell. How safe it is depends on how comfortable you are with everybody being a pirate.
  • Spin-Off: A direct spinoff to Fantasy High: Sophomore Year.

     Mice & Murder 
  • At Least I Admit It: After Buckster has a conversation with the Squire regarding the deaths in their respective businesses, Ally comments that they prefer Buckster, since he openly states that his workers have died and he doesn't care, while the Squire tries to cover it up.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • The bust of Emperor Barkus Aurelius: it is not only the murder weapon, but the incorrect date on the statuette itself is the combination needed to open the door to the Squire's underground vault of stolen treasure and the morgue where the fake corpses are assembled.
  • Expy: A good portion of the player characters are parodies of figures from Sherlock Holmes.
  • Fair-Play Whodunnit: The mystery is completely solvable for the audience with all the clues laid out by both Brennan and the players even before watching the finale.
  • Foreshadowing: This is a murder mystery, of course there are going to be clues that are brought up later as the mystery gets solved.
    • The fine ground glass that was discovered underneath the secret door into the study: it's the debris of a camera's shattered flash bulb.
    • When Lars, Gangie and Buckster confront the deadly masked assailant at the top of the elevator Gangie strikes them as they're retreating. When his shovel makes contact it causes an audible crunch on the figure's body: turns out Gangie broke the camera on the assailant's person.
    • Daisy can't quite shake her hunch that she's not looking at the real Squire Badger's body. It is in fact the Squire's real body but clues her and the rest of the sleuths into the fact that there is a conspiracy involving decoy corpses.
    • The sleuths are informed that there is a secret third floor to Loam Hall that is solely accessible via the elevator and only at 3 o'clock in the morning. They initially write this off as a little strange and are forced to wait until 3am until they can explore this avenue, until Buckster realizes 3 o'clock doesn't refer to a time, but a direction in which one has to turn the elevator's key to access that floor.
  • Never Suicide: The death of Squire William Brockhollow is initially seen as a suicide due to the fact that the victim was seen stabbing himself with a knife moments before he died but this is quickly disproved by Detective Cross.
  • Never the Obvious Suspect: In the same vein, the most obvious murder suspect is the maid Mrs. Molesly as she was the only person present in the room where Squire Badger died. Sylvester Cross again quickly rules them out as a major suspect due to being incapacitated by photosensitive epilepsy during the time the murder took place.
  • Politically Correct History: LGBT couples are more commonplace in this setting than would've been expected in the Edwardian era.
  • "Scooby-Doo" Hoax: The murder has heavy overtures of the supernatural, as the main setting of Loam Hall has a history of spectral activity and many of the guests believe that a ghost was responsible for the murder. In fact, the electromagnet that was used to kill Squire Badger inadvertently made it appear as if a poltergeist ravaged Squire Brockhollow's study as he was being killed.
    • Additionally, when Fletcher's henchmen are framing Sylvester for the crimes that have taken place in Loam Hall, it's made to seem like that the supposed killer is able to commit murder through magical and psychic means.
  • Shout-Out: A badger lady named Constance.
  • The Summation: Parodied in the finale. Buckster, not Sylvester, does end up gathering everybody in the drawing room claiming he has solved the mystery but in fact is acting as a diversion while the rest of the Sylvan Sleuths are busy uncovering the real killer's identity.
  • World of Funny Animals: Set in an alternate world where everyone is an anthropomorphic animal of one kind or another.
  • X Meets Y: This season is a Victorian murder mystery (Sherlock Holmes, the oeuvre of Agatha Christie) meets The Wind in the Willows.

    Misfits and Magic 
  • Badass Creed: The exchange students coin one for Chimeron: "Mess with the goat, get the horns!"
  • Bait-and-Switch: When Sam adopts an adorable little piglet as her magical familiar she says she's going to name it after her favorite movie. Danielle is clearly teeing up to say Babe but instead calls the pig Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
  • Breaking Old Trends: This is the first season of Dimension 20 where Brennan Lee Mulligan is a player, leaving the DMing duties to Aabria Iyengar. This is also the first season to use a completely different system from D&D5e.
  • Deconstruction: The entire campaign is a massive one for the kind of magical society and school Harry Potter had popularized, from its utter disconnection to the real world to how terrible the Wizarding School system would actually be for the students involved.
  • Deconstructive Parody: It takes the piss out of Harry Potter by ruthlessly parodying all its famous tropes.
  • Expy: Judging from their character art and introductory scene the trio of Digsby, Fergus and Tallulah are meant to be parodies of Harry, Ron and Hermione respectively.
  • Muggle: This is actually considered a slur in this universe.
  • Punny Name: The magical item that sorts students into the houses of Gowpenny is called the Confirmation Dais.note 
  • Small, Secluded World: The wizarding world is completely isolated from the modern world to the point where radios are unheard of. They don't even have the concept of modern plumbing.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Gowpenny Academy is occasionally spelled as Galpenny in the subtitles.
  • Take That!: Pretty much everybody onboard has stated this series would be a ruthless takedown of Harry Potter and its creator.
  • Toilet Humor: There are no restrooms at Gowpenny, wizards just go anywhere and then magic it away.note 
  • Tomato Surprise: Episode 4 has one on the level of The Matrix - magic ability is already latent in everybody.
  • Wizarding School: Gowpenny is basically Hogwarts in all but name, down to the very similarly divided house system with appropriately stereotyped animal crests.
    • Noble Bird of Prey: Hercinil is the heroic red and gold house in the same vein as Gryffindor. It also seems like they're the faculty favorite.
    • Scary Scorpions: Aqrabus is the cunning green and black house like Slytherin. They're also stereotyped as evil.
    • Cunning Like a Fox: Messanteu is the smart blue and copper house a la Ravenclaw. It's even explicitly stated that students can fail out of Messanteu for poor academic performance.
    • Extreme Omni-Goat: Chimeron is the yellow and pewter Hufflepuff House, and like Hufflepuff they're often ignored but they get the best food. Naturally, these are where our misfit protagonists are thrown in.

    The Seven 
  • Amazon Brigade: The party is made up of every kidnapped maiden from season one. Kicking ass and taking names all on their own.
  • Apocalypse How: Quests monitored by the Ministry of Adventure are classified from an A to F scale, which is determined by how impactful to the world at large the quest's conflict will be. For reference:
    • F class is the smallest, affecting a municipality.
    • E class quests affect a region within a country.
    • D class quests affect a country/continent.
    • C class quests affect a planet.
    • B class quests affect a plane of existence.
    • A class quests are the largest, and put the entire multiverse at risk. Talura grants Sam's accidental wish by initiating a class A quest, which she exploits to bring her sisters back into the physical realm but doom the multiverse to unmaking in the process.
  • Breaking the Fellowship: Invoked, due to some of the Seven being close to graduation. This causes all the girls to figure out a way to prevent breaking up via quests and a GED.
  • Found Family: All of the Seven consider each other sisters and will do whatever it takes to stay together.
  • How We Got Here: The opening of the first episode has the maidens chained up from the events of Fantasy High before they flash forward to their lives in Elmsville.
  • One Last Field Trip: Or in this case, one last epic quest before the group can graduate. Whether or not they'll be able to stick together is the underlying theme for this season.
  • Retcon: As a result of the Seven now being player characters, a lot of character details are adjusted from their Fantasy High incarnations.
    • Ostentatia has become "Jersey mansion trash".
    • Some classes have changed from the character builds released prior to Sophomore Year, to benefit the players and give them more control.
  • Running Gag: Whenever Brennan describes a potentially arousing scene (i.e. an attractive NPC or a player's epic turn), everybody at the table whips out their fans in approval.
  • Spin-Off: The second spinoff series to Fantasy High which involves other students from Augefort Academy.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: In a world where teens are schooled in the art of deadly adventuring, the death of one of their own for trying to instigate an apocalypse has devastating effects for her immediately family.

     Shriek Week 

  • Botanical Abomination: The sentient, monster-eating plant that slowly infiltrates and abducts the student populace.
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: Megan's fermentation projects are usually bizarre and off-putting concoctions that everyone around her are reluctant to consume. Some are genuinely good, while most others are downright foul to the point it's painfully acidic to the evil plant monster taking over the campus.
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: Monsters from mythologies from all over the world appear as students and faculty at Bram University.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Bram University's is "B. U.", a play on the phrase "Be You."
  • History with Celebrity: Seven frequently mentions the fact that her father is The Count from Sesame Street and name drops other Muppets as among her godparents and family friends.
  • Monster Mash: The main cast alone is made up of a werewolf, a ghost, a vampire witch and a mummy. The supporting cast ranges from other vampires and werewolves, a Frankenstein's monster, a chupacabra, Mothman, the descendants of Van Helsing and many others.
  • Once an Episode: Every morning when the main characters wake up to a new day, it always features a pre-recorded clip from the university's local radio show announcing the day's events.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Wacky College: Bram University is a college populated by classic horror movie monsters who get up to all sorts of shenanigans.

     A Starstruck Odyssey 

  • Action Prologue: The first episode immediately opens with the crew of the Red Hot weaving through an asteroid field while being assaulted by an armada of drone ships.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Despite Margaret's insistence that Lucienne is all in on Crown & Scepter's evil acts, not to mention her engagement to the future CEO, the more the show goes on, the less simple Lucienne's motives look. When Lucienne finally shows up in person and has a somewhat-candid conversation with Margaret, she seems more selfish than really bad, but is still adversarial. She's in a dangerous position with UFTP after being dragged into Natalia's schemes, and while she views Gnosis as a wonder who deserves protecting, she also absolutely wants to use them to save herself.
  • Arc Words: "The ball is rolling up!"
  • Berserk Button: Barry hates Fantanimalland, since it was where the Barry massacre happened.
  • Cain and Abel: More like Cain and Abels. For unknown reasons, Barry's brother Barry Nyne killed all of their other siblings, and would have killed Barry Syx too if not for the fact his power cell was empty. Subverted when it turns out that Barry Nyne wasn't responsible—he was hijacked by a brain slug when he split off from the other Barrys.
  • Call a Smeerp a "Rabbit": Aurora Nebbins is a royal blue mastiff entered in a dog show. A royal blue mastiff is apparently a spine-covered, fanged, venomous twenty-foot beast.
  • Crapsack World: From what has been seen so far of this setting it is a harrowing place to live in. Special mention has to go to Gunthrie and Sundry Sidney's backstories in particular. Gunthrie was turned into a cyborg after a disastrous first trek into space and is renting his robotic body from a greedy insurance company who literally charges him for every breath he takes, while Sidney is from a discontinued line of multi-purpose service androids and was about to be melted into scrap before she made her escape. Best exemplified by the original comic's mantra, repeated by Brennan here: "It's a tough galaxy out there, but somebody's gotta live in it."
    • Crapsaccharine World: The Gravvar worlds put a lot of effort into being picture-perfect, cheery theme parks, but they are just as bad as the rest of the galaxy, featuring a totalitarian government, zoo exhibits with people in them (the Aguatunisians are at least free to come and go, but they're still being exploited), surveillance and ominous "correction" centers fronted by smiling Uncle Bobs.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: While the fight against the Sheriff isn't actually this, due to a well-timed natural 20 on an intimidation check, the mess left behind makes it look like it was. As a result, the rest of the cops believe they're dealing with people much stronger than the Gunner Channel actually are, and decide to skip town.
  • The Dinnermobile: A sci-fi variation of one. The spaceship The Red Hot is shaped like a giant hot dog; it's explained that it is a former Amercadian lunch freighter that Captain Norman repurposed into a smuggling ship.
  • Easily Forgiven: Sidney forgives Auma for selling out the Gunner Channel basically immediately, reasoning that this character's betrayal was not about the money, but about UFTP's claim that giving up the Wurst's location would ensure the Gunner Channel wouldn't be hurt. Later she adds that she's only forgiven this character for putting her in danger, but she's mad on behalf of the rest of the crew.
  • The Enemy of My Enemy: The great big finale battle looks like all the Wurst's enemies against the Gunner Channel...until our heroes savvily deploy the evidence they gathered of UFTP's planned buyout of the Grivarr Worlds. Uncle Bob chummily thanks them for "helping a pal out" and swings around to aim at the UFTP ships.
  • Frame-Up: After Gust Weatherall's strange interaction with Skip, during which Riva gets a clear sense of danger from Weatherall, the news immediately starts reporting that Norm Takamori is responsible for the massacre of twelve nuns. Later turns out to actually have been the Sisters of the Cosmic Veil, and they weren't specifically targeting Norm—it was just bad luck that Weatherall took advantage of. The Sisters stole the valuable crystals that the Gunner Channel thought they were stealing, and covered up the theft by making it look like a proldier attack.
  • Free-Range Children: The Galactic Girl Guides seem to have no adult supervision whatsoever. (It is Anarchera, after all.)
  • Gold Digger: Lucienne, Margaret's very close friend (and quite possibly more in the past), gets a sweet promotion after becoming engaged to a scion of Crown & Scepter's majority owners, and basically admits to Margaret that the marriage is just for her own career. Later revealed to be faked—Lucienne made up the engagement to save herself from being collateral damage in Natalia's plan to fake her own death.
  • Gone Horribly Right: The bachelerotte party Riva recruits to sell Pleasure Putty end up being a little too into it. Zvoon gets so excited about being her own boss that she accidentally blows up the factory.
  • Last-Second Word Swap: Edwina Castor is about to say something unflattering to Sidney, except:
    Dr. Castor: There's good engineering work in you, it's just the concept is fl—
    Riva and Margaret: [meaningful negative noises]
    Gunnie: No.
    Dr. Castor:fine.
  • Manchild: The Barrys, before their deaths, were a downplayed version of this, enjoying going to a theme park and eating ice cream as their reward for a successful mission, and basically acting like giant kids—justified, because Barry and his brothers were all decanted fully grown, so they kind of are giant kids.
  • Meet the New Boss: Happened in the backstory of the setting. The Evil Empire was overthrown...and then the evil Crown & Scepter corporation took over. In fact, the new boss is almost literally the same as the old boss, because the main stakeholders of Crown & Scepter are the evil dictator's descendants.
  • Mistaken Identity: At the dog show, a mercenary mistakes a disguised Barry for one of his own comrades and starts chiding him for not following the plan. It soon becomes clear that he recognizes Barry just fine—he's just wrong about which Barry he's talking to.
  • Mood Whiplash: Barry's backstory flips suddenly from a fun action-movie-esque adventure of big, buff brothers saving innocents and celebrating their accomplishments at an amusement park to a brutal scene of fratricide.
  • Mundane Utility: The Galactic Girl Guides found the Plinth, an ancient, eldritch alien construct of immense psychic power which hates all organic life and longs to destroy the universe, in the heart of a dying star, and have been using it a battle royale several years running.
  • Naïve Newcomer: Zortch, the youngest royal of Rubian V, has no experience living outside the palace, and sucks at any kind of intrigue or sneaking around. They're aware they're not good at it, which stresses them out.
    Zortch: I hope you're the good guys, because I've just been trusting everybody.
  • Never Heard That One Before: Plug of Plug's Butt-Ugly Stuff Hut wryly says he's heard every possible permutation of the obvious "butt plug" joke.
  • Oh, Crap!: A mutual one during the dog show (see Mistaken Identity). The random merc tells Barry that his number is upside down, leading Barry to realize who exactly the merc has mistaken him for. His reaction in turn tips the merc off.
  • One Nation Under Copyright: Several corporations exist in this universe that basically act as ruling, governmental bodies. Two of note include the UFTP (United Free Trade Planets) and its parent company Crown & Scepter. Together these two companies own a large number of planets, and their executives actually outrank the ruling monarchies and leaders of said planets.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Dr. Edwina, one of the scientists who developed Sundry Sidney, gives her the tacit approval she needs to escape before she's melted down. Later it turns out to be actually have been Auma Lu, who came up with the idea for Sidney in the first place, who made sure Sidney could escape.
    • When Lucienne realizes that Margaret is on the Gravvar worlds at the same time the Guernican Art Squad plans a strike, she sends her an unusually candid warning to get off the planet immediately.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: When a Smash 'n Grab employer asks the team for a spurious "proldier's license", clearly as a way to swindle them out of their payment (conveniently, the "expedited fee" for the license is exactly the amount of credits the job was supposed to pay), a pissed-off Skip says "I've got your proldier's license right here!" and kicks him in the head with his new gun boots. And then proceeds to roll a natural 20 on initiative.
  • Puppeteer Parasite: In episode 2 we meet Zach's real character, the parasitic creature that takes over Takamori's body.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The main cast is the very definition of a motley crew, with the eternally frustrated captain possessed by a runaway prince brain parasite, a people-pleasing rogue android, a meathead clone trooper, a happy-go-lucky psychic alien roped into a multi-level marketing scheme, an unlucky cyborg who is literally renting his own right to live by a miserly insurance company and a businesswoman.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Despite their sheltered upbringing, Princeps Zortch has taken an active hand in trying to protect their moon.
  • Serious Business: In episode 3, the team is offered a job with a massive payout in great secrecy that turns out to be sabotaging a show dog so it can't compete.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Margaret reacts with great embarrassment to anyone pointing out that her feelings for Lucienne are obviously not platonic. When Riva describes her as being in love with Lucienne on Baustin, she lets out an exasperated yell and stomps dramatically behind a cactus.
  • Shipper on Deck: Riva and Sidney have gotten really invested in Margaret and Lucienne getting together. Riva repeatedly describes Margaret's feelings as romantic, and when the Gunner Channel meets Lucienne in person for the first time, they read her mind solely to see how she feels about Margaret. Sidney, meanwhile, wingwomans her heart out every chance she gets.
  • Skewed Priorities:
    • When the ship is being attacked, the manager from the lower deck asks Norman if he can push it back 90 minutes, since they're having a quarterly meeting and it's really hard to schedule those.
    • The Fantanimalland protector droids do nothing about violence inside the park...until it interfers with Gunnie trying to buy a maple cake. Gunnie takes advantage of this by dragging out the purchase as long as he possibly can so he can keep using them as a shield from the Guernican Art Squad.
  • Space Opera: Appears to be leaning into this side of science fiction, set the time of Anarchera after the fall of a tyrannical dictator and the galaxy has been plunged into lawless chaos.
  • Spin-Off: An actual play series based in the universe of Starstruck written by Elaine Lee (who also happens to be Brennan's mother). While it shares continuity with the comic, it follows a completely original cast of characters on their own adventure in the same galaxy.
  • Unfazed Everyman:
    • The Jib Job workers, despite being otherwise ordinary white collar professionals, consider a "hot exit"—ie, the ship their coworking space is on leaving a port under heavy fire—no more objectionable or frightening than heavy traffic.
    • The Swallop's employees are completely used to massive shootouts happening inside the restaurant. The only thing that surprises them is the Gunner Channel tipping them afterwards.
  • We Want Our Jerk Back!: Averted hard when Norman becomes drastically nicer in Episode 2 due to being possessed by whatever "Skip" is. Everyone is delighted with his new personality and makes absolutely no move to reverse the situation, even though they all know full well Skip isn't Norman because of Riva's psychic powers.
  • Wham Episode: "Every Day is Our Wurst Day", Episode 4, has the reveal that "Skip" is in fact a cerebroslug prince who is running away from an unspecified plot of the cerebroslugs, the moon of Rubian V is powering a massively powerful AI called Gnosis, Barry Nyne is on Rec 97 with them and has been hired to assassinate the Princeps, and Norm is accused of having murdered twelve nuns.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Cute?: Played for Laughs. Barry is originally opposed to taking the job to sabotage Aurora Nebbins and insists they find a way that won't hurt the animal, but when he realizes that a royal blue mastiff is actually a hulking, venomous monstrosity he's much more willing to just shoot her.