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Tons of characters, one big plot, and all the violence and humor you want, it truly is epic...

An Epic Comic is a comic book series created by Mario Hyrulia. It follows Sonic the Hedgehog and other characters in a large adventure. At first, it seems to be a mere crossover with Dr. Eggman, Bowser, and Dr. Wily teaming up to permanently kill off their rivals. Sonic narrowly escapes this fate, but is now stuck with a single death and it appears he is then on a quest to defeat the villains before they permanently kill off the other two. However, by the fifth issue, things escalate that involve the fourth wall, the 7th power, and the real world. Will Sonic stop this evil threat and save his world, (and the universes) from the hands of evil? Find out next time on the next thrilling installment of An Epic Comic!

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  • Actually, I Am Him: Corset is ??? and the narrator is the author.
  • Alternate Universe Fic: An odd example, the characters are the same from their original franchise, it's that ??? has seen an alternate universe his writers made as canon to the franchise that insults him greatly for what they do to him in there.
  • Attack Hello: When we first physically see the Nostalgia Critic, he comes down from the sky in his flying car and shoots down the Copper Chopper v.2.
  • Back from the Dead: A non-spoiler example, Corset. In more than one way...
  • Badass Cape: The members of the Society of the Free Mind in wear these with the symbol on the back.
  • Batman Gambit: Averted. The Austrailium missile has two wires, one red and one blue, the safe wire on bombs is commonly red, so most people think that the missile designer would shake it up and have the safe wire being blue. The missile designer apparently wants them to cut the blue wire, which is the unsafe one. The Nostalgia Critic points this out to Tails and he cuts the safe red wire.
  • Berserk Button: When the Nostalgia Critic insults the narrator about the comic, the narrator tries to pull this;
    NC: Your comic sucks right off the bat.
    Narrator: Bat Credit Card.
    NC: Hey! That's behind me.
    • Dr. Eggman hates it when people break the fourth wall.
  • Bait-and-Switch: What at first seems to be a simple villainous team-up, it turns into a complex cult with odd intentions; To literally kill all of OUR world's authors and rule their universe with nothing in their way.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Bowser, Eggman, and Dr. Wily
  • Big Brother Is Watching: The narrator is similar to this to keep the characters from breaking the comic rules and to warn the author of outside threats. However, since issue #7, he has been stabilizing the Plot Hole.
  • Black Helicopter: The Copper Chopper.
  • Bowdlerise: Done IN-universe by Sonic when he tears out the more, mature page, from "Meet the Spy."
    • How he knows that, he probably read ahead off-page.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Kneesocks fears Scanty has become this after becoming a free mind.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Almost the entire premise of the comic, everybody does this, and it's part of ???'s evil plan, only it's to WIPE the wall from existence.
    • The narrator claims too much of this messes up the comic, by creating errors.
    • However, mass breaking of the fourth wall is shown to result in the screen/page cracking.
      • The author was rushing and gave a lazy excuse for the errors.
  • Breath Weapon: Bowser, naturally.
  • Brick Joke: After Dr. Wily hacks the comic and puts his and Eggman's scene first with a few ascetic changes. The narrator catches him and Wily resets the comic. Later, when the same scene is repeated, Wily gets the strange feeling of deja vu.
  • Butt-Monkey: The narrator of all people, he is shot down by most people for what he does and even Panty and Stocking a reluctant that he is gone, stabilizing the Plot Home. He bites back when it's revealed that HE'S the 7th Power.
  • Car Fu: Stocking and Chuck drive their jeep up a ramp into the air and smash into the Copper Chopper.
  • Chaos Is Evil: Corset and ??? is obsessed with chaos.
  • Cool Car: Both Panty and Stocking's jeep, See Through and the Nostalgia Critic's flying car with lasers.
  • Curse Cut Short: Usually the angles and demons are about to swear when someone/something interrupts the rest of the word.

  • Death Is Cheap: At least you think that until your extra lives are cut from you.
  • End-of-Series Awareness: ??? is aware of this and uses this knowledge to get more people to join the SFM.
  • Energy Beings: ???'s plasma arms can be considered this, and appear to be somewhat sentient.
  • Excalibur: 7 Different blades. Forged together with the Chaos Emeralds and the Master Emerald creates to Sword of Oryts.
  • Extremely Short Timespan: According to An Epic Comic, the events of Team Fortress 2's "Meet the Spy" are only a day away from "Meet the Rabbid Heavy Taming Engineer."
    • And then in just a few minutes, "Make a Mann Out of You"'s climax breaks loose, Team Fortress 2 is a VERY chaotic place.
  • Fight Magnet: Wherever Sonic and his friends go, they're always end up getting involved in a fight one way or another.
    • Justified as half of them WANT them dead and the other half just confuse them for enemies.
    RED Soldier: (Offscreen) Get that BLU (Sonic) men!
  • Fight Off the Kryptonite: Panty does this to stop the Demon Shard missile from destroying ???'s flying fortress. She lives.

  • Good Weapon, Evil Weapon:
    • The angels' white and blue guns against the demons' yellow and black guns.
    • The Sword of Oryts (good) has a white blade, and the Sword of Daryts (bad) has a black blade.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Completely averted when the Soldier blows off the Spy's head with a shotgun. Sonic lampshades this after watching this.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: ???
  • Guardian of the Multiverse: Knuckles
  • Hard Light: The plasma-hands that ???/Corset summon that can manipulate with physical objects.
  • Homage: The second conversation between the Daemon Sisters and ??? pays homage to with the recreation of the scene where Darth Vader talks to Emperor Palatine about Luke (Or in this case, the Nostalgia Critic.)
  • Hellish Copter: The first Copper Chopper, justified because the thing that destroyed it was a FLYING JEEP controlled by a crazy... dog... thing...
  • Imagination-Based Superpower: Corset's and ???'s plasma arms are created from their mind and can become a variety of things;
    • Hands, duh.
    • Cracks deep in stone walls to create a giant doomship.
    • And clones/imposters of himself.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Tails
  • Interactive Narrator: This narrator hates when people break the comic's rating rules and extreme breaking of the fourth wall. The characters be mean to him for this and some outright torture him by causing significant visual damage to the fourth wall. Who knew they were picking a fight with the author?

  • Killed Off for Real: If your extra lives are cut from you, this is a legitimate threat.
  • Kryptonite Factor: Demon Shard is a type of crystal found in the deepest pits of the Underworld, it is very deadly to angels.
  • Large Ham: Almost every male villain is this, including the narrator and the Nostalgia Critic.
  • Lemony Narrator: Check, the narrator is seen constantly conversing with the characters, stopping what they are doing, and even bringing in other characters. It doesn't get any weirder when it turns out he's the author.
  • Line-of-Sight Name: The Nostalgia Critic is trying to think of a store name where he got the "Spy" getup and not get killed. He stares at the group of soldiers and says, "Men... Co."
    • Fortunately, they mistake it for Mann Co., the store in their game, and let him live.

  • MacGuffin: The seven Chaos Emeralds, the seven blades of Excalibur, and the Master Emerald to create the Sword of Oryts.
  • Man Behind the Man: Played with, Corset is behind ???'s doings because they are the same person.
  • Medium Blending:
    • The common occurrence of seeing 2D characters interacting in 3D environments, live-action people and even real life people.
    • Bowser apparently has the ability to change his medium apparently after the events of Mario and Luigi: Dream Team.
    • The chaos dimension outside of the comic seems to constantly change and even have effects on Scanty and Kneesocks upon entering the zone.
  • Media Watchdog: The narrator is a spoof of the U.S. Media Watchdogs that allow as much violence as humanly possible, but will not tolerate foul language or sensual content. The characters lampshade this to death and hate on the narrator for what he has to do.
  • Messianic Archetype: When you think at it, there's an ENTIRE cast of archetypes.
    God: The Author/ The 7th Power
    The Holy Ghost: The narrator
    Jesus: The Nostalgia Critic
    The Devil: ???
    The Antichrist: Corset
  • Metafictional Device: The pages themselves in the comic, they can be messed with just like with real life comic books.
  • Mexican Standoff: A metaporical example that involves only villains;
    • Hades and Bowsers are planning to backstab each other first and then take out the other villains.
    • Eggman and Wily also plan to take out each other first and then the others.
    • Scanty and Kneesocks plan to backstab ??? and Corset and then take over the universe with ??? planning to backstab them and even expand on just taking over the universe.
  • My Name Is ???: The name of the mysterious person from the chaos dimension and leader of the SFM.
  • Mystery Cult: The Society of the Free Mind's (SFM) inner circle is only accessible if you become a free mind. The reason for this being is that you can't actually fully comprehend the true intentions if your mind is limited to the comic. ]]
  • No Fourth Wall: The narrator claims that this will cause the end of the world.
  • No Name Given: The unknown person, (later called ???) that is assisting Scanty and Kneesocks and leader of the Society of the Free Mind.
  • Ominous Opera Cape: Scanty flat out says that Corset is wearing one of these. She soon also gets one.
  • Once per Episode:
    • Each comic ending with the narrator stating "to be continued..."
    • Played with when he is confronted with the demon sisters threatening to tear the fourth wall down.
    • Even inside a massive space anomaly, he still finishes with the phrase after quitting to count the bottles of beer on the wall.
  • Order Versus Chaos: In the battle between the Sword of Oryts and the Sword of Daryts, the wielder of the Sword of Oryts (Order) was good and the wielder of the Sword of Daryts (Chaos) was bad. ??? believes that order will defeat chaos as the trope goes. However, Sonic and Critic reveal that it's not order that beats chaos, it's that good beats evil.

  • Punched Across the Room: Hades gets punched by ??? and is knocked back into the river of death.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: Sonic, of all people, to quote Duke Nukem of all things;
    Sonic: Time to waste lives and kick butt, and I'm all out of lives...
  • Pure Energy: Corset's/???'s plasma-like hands are supposedly made of this.
  • Put on a Bus:
  • Rage Against the Author: ???'s plan for ALL of the authors that mistreat their characters.
  • Reading Ahead in the Script: Sonic does this twice, the first to show Panty and Stocking that they're going to the Valve canon and the second being off-page to rip out the more, 'sensitive' page.
  • Realism: Oh things become real, when the characters enter our world.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Corset and after Scanty becomes a free mind, her eyes grow with the symbol in purple.
  • Riding the Bomb: Sonic and his team ride the Austrailium missile to get to the Smash Bros. Tournament, thanks to Tails' hacking.
  • Rocket Ride: Tails' hacking reprograms the Austrailium missile so Sonic and friends can ride it to the Smash Bros. Tournament.
  • Roll Out the Red Carpet:
    • Used by the Daemon Sisters to knock out Sonic in their small Smash Bros. battle.
    • Sonic gets hit by it earlier when the sisters first arrive.
  • Running Gag: The final page constantly noting about Hades' broken roof and everyone laughing at Panty's and Stocking's last name.

  • Screen Tap: Whenever the fourth wall is broken too much, (page ripping, hole tearing, folding the pages, etc.) visible cracks and damage is shown on the screen/page.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The unnamed entity, (later named ???) being sealed inside the chaos pocket outside the comic. What makes this example odd is that he was able to leave it anytime we wanted, but instead waited until the demon sisters found it and contacted him for their backstabbing plan.
  • Self-Insert Fic: The author inserts himself as the narrator of the comic.
  • Signed Up for the Dental: Parodied by Cubot and Orbot;
    Cubot: Why do we continue to work for Eggman?
    Orbot: Well he does have good dental.
    Cubot: But we don't even have teeth.
  • Supernatural Is Purple: The Society of the Free Mind's powers are shown in purple.
  • Super Smoke: ??? uses this to his his true identity.
  • Terrible Trio: It WAS going to be this with Bowser, Eggman, and Wily until Bowser let Hades join.
  • Trope Overdosed: This comic is TRYING to put in as many tropes as possible.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: What may happen if the Big Bad fully destroys the fourth wall.

  • Walking Spoiler: The unnamed big bad. Pretty much, everything after issue #5 is complete spoiler zone.
  • Webcomic Time: It takes about 1-2 weeks for Mario Hyrulia to make a new issue, which focuses on events of, at most, a single day.
  • Wire Dilemma: An odd example, Tails has to hack into the Austrailium missile with two wires. One wire allows changes to be made to it and the other wire locks the missile so one can tamper with it. With the help of the Nostalgia Critic knowing of Batman Gambits, they cut the right wire, re-coordinating the missile.
    • This is odd however, since whoever designed the missile probably wants the hacker to think that instead of the (common) red wire being cut, they made the safe wire blue. The Nostalgia Critic is one step ahead of this by knowing the plot and tells Tails to cut the red wire.
  • World of Chaos: The chaos dimension outside the comic but still within the fourth wall. ??? has mastered many of his powers within there.
  • Your Head Asplode: The Spy gets the receiving end of this when the Soldier pulls a shotgun on him.

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