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Webcomic / Dubious Company

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Pirates, ninjas, and other cliches, wholesale.

"Elator's Archetype though, pegs him as being able to stumble his way through any situation none the worse for wear."
Sal (who could be referring to anyone in the cast)

Dubious Company is an adventure comedy comic written by Ben Hsu (AKA Tagalong) and drawn by Elaine Tipping (AKA Tria).

It follows Captain Walter Herindale and his best buddy Tiren as they build an assorted quirky crew in order to do... something, mostly heavy drinking. All the while they spoof and play with every trope, Cliché, and genre they come across. Oh, and dealing with Emperor Kreedor's Elite Guards.

Can be found here. note 

Also see the Crowning Moments and Character Page!

This webcomic contains examples (by story arc) of:

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    Comic In General 
  • Aerith and Bob: We have Walter, Leeroy, Mary, Sue, Marty, Gary and (possibly) Sal mixing with Tiren, Elator (Elly), Izor, Kreedor, etc.
  • Creator Cameo: Tria, Tagalong, and their webmaster occasionally appear.
  • Magic Versus Science: sort of. The Imperial Elites rely heavily on magic, with limited technological understanding. The pirates are heavy on the technology, and have no access to magic. Both sides are presented with advantages and limitations.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Emperor Kreedor takes this up to eleven. So far he hasn't left his throne once in the entire comic. Not even gaining godlike powers has enticed him to actually carry out his evil plans himself.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Everyone, very subtlety through-out the run. Originally, the pirates were only able to defeat the Sues by attacking them in their sleep and still needed to fight dirty and outnumber them. During the rematch at Kreedor's castle, they were only slightly outmatched while going one-on-one.
  • Unsound Effect: sound effects for gestures are common. Such as "nod" and "stand".

    Shipwrecked In Paradise 
  • Keelhauling: Walter claims this as a punishment, until Tiren deconstructs its usefulness on a flying ship.
  • What Did I Do Last Night?: The series starts OFF with Tiren wondering that. Walter found her as a stowaway while she was sleeping. It happens a few more times in the story. (Hey, they're pirates. They get drunk)

    Of Rescues and Mutinies 
  • Born Lucky:
    • Sal is the future high priestess of the god of Randomness, things tend to go her way.
    • As the crew is nearby Sal, this is often extend to them. This includes suddenly finding cover in the middle of a fight on their own ship.
  • Crash-Into Hello: How did Elly meet Mary? Walter threw him on her.
  • Walk the Plank: Walter subjects Barry to this. Tiren complains about doing it while docked.

    Traitor In Our Midst 
  • Head Desk: Mary and Sue use their Twin Telepathy to debrief each other. When Mary goes off on a tangent about Elly, Sue does this to shut it off. It gets worse when Sue "calls" Mary and realizes she's talking to someone about when they went through puberty.

    Get The Kitty 

    The Empire Strikes... Next? 
  • Word of Gay: Namely that Marty is straight. He's just absolutely sure that Elly is a girl.

    Izor's Amazing Plan (Of Amazement)! 
  • Batman Gambit: Izor pulls this with Sal in order to overthrow Kreedor. It involved Sal being sacrificed only to be "reborn" as the spirit of a god to grant Kreedor godhood. Izor would later assassinate him while his guard was down.
  • Dare to Be Badass: Part of Izor's We Can Rule Together speech to Sal. If she follows his plan, the world conquering stops, if not more people will die.
  • Properly Paranoid: Kreedor knows that Tiren is the best fighter. So, she is locked in a metal box, with all her weapons removed, and that box is suspended in air.
  • Raccoon in the Works: Not only does Izor's plan go horribly wrong by the timely intervention of the raccoon, but by himself when he alters an overly complex ritual. Izor knows nothing about magic theory. Unaltered the ritual would have killed Sal and nothing more. By altering it, the pirates' intervention, and the raccoon becoming an accidental substitute for Sal, the ritual flung everyone into another dimension and caused... well... we still don't know.
  • Storming the Castle: The pirates try this after breaking out of the dungeon to save Sal from ritualistic sacrifice. It would have been easier if Kreedor's Haunted Castle wasn't The Maze.

    On The Middle of Nowhere 

    Back To School 
  • Sitting on the Roof: Used by Tiren and Fumiko in the High School arc. It is at this point Tiren realizes she has no idea who Fumiko is.

    Festival Of Veils 
  • Arrested for Heroism: Sal just revealed who was the real king after the Queen threatened to kill the impostor. The first thing the Queen does is order Elly arrested to face trial (and death)
  • Title Drop: "I forsee this coming Celebration of Veils will be beset by... Dubious Company."

    Star Something? (Title pending) 

     The Search for the McGuffins!! 
  • MacGuffin: To beat Kreedor, some items are needed. Phred actually refers to them as McGuffins.
  • Running Gag: Kreedor REALLY wants his tomatoes which Izor stole to frustrate Kreedor. Barry and Izor have also started using them as currency.

     The Evil Tower of Evil 
  • Combat Pragmatist: Tiren has never been shy about her love of fighting, but she kills the villain by taking one of the Prince's swords and kills the villain in mid spellcast.

     Supplemental & Filler 
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: Phred visits Sal and Leeroy as a pair of sweatpants.
  • Buffy Speak: When the server crashed in September 2011, a picture was thrown up as a stop gap. In it, Tria can be seen saying "It went splody"