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I Killed the Hero?! is a comedy/fantasy comic that makes fun on gaming tropes in every shape and size.

In the world of Ultimate Destiny 2, Striker, the Hero prepares to embark on his journey the night before the game begins while the NPCs rehearse their one line of dialog. Ludwig, a Blacksmith NPC and Striker’s best buddy, is charged with crafting the Hero’s first weapon (it’s the weakest weapon in the game, but, hey, it’s something). Too bad Striker ends up impaled on that sword before he can begin his quest! And unfortunately for all the NPCs in Starta Town, the bad guys aren’t too picky about wrecking the place, hero or no hero.

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Looks like it’s up to a certain Blacksmith to hammer things back into place…

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This comic contains examples of:

  • Almighty Janitor: For a Blacksmith NPC, Ludwig’s pretty tough, especially when it turns out his Determinator aspects leak into his stats.
  • Badass Crew: the group Striker is supposed to gather together, which Ludwig now has to do, if they want to defeat the Scarlet Army.
  • Berserker Tears: Miranda gets this while chewing out the townsfolk.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Ludwig and Miranda are both very nice, friendly people. You don’t want to mess with them.
  • The Blacksmith: Ludwig's NPC trade.
  • The Chosen One: Striker. It turns out later to be The Chosen Many while Ludwig, the Unchosen One, takes on the task of gathering them all together.
  • Cool Old Guy: The Elder keeps a level head and is a generally likable guy.
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  • Determinator: Ludwig never gives up.
  • Doomed Hometown: Starta Town, and Miranda is smart enough to know it. Ludwig manages to save it, though.
  • Fiery Redhead: Although Miranda is a Nice Girl, she’s also got a pretty sharp tongue even when she’s in captivity.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Sure, Striker seems like a nice fellow and would make a fine hero. But you did see the title, right?
  • Game-Breaking Bug: Striker isn’t dead, he’s just glitched, but the story can’t properly progress without him.
  • The Hero Dies: Well, yeah. Except, no. He’s just been glitched.
  • Ignored Enamored Underling: Oxford seems to have a thing for King Satan. In fact, he all but says so after Ludwig kills him.
  • Keet: Striker is a pretty excitable guy.
  • Meaningful Name: Mr. Pudge is indeed pudgy.
  • Mr. Exposition: The Elder delivers quite a bit of plot information.
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  • Non-Player Character: Everyone but Striker. But then…
  • Sword of Plot Advancement: Played with. It’s supposed to be the sword Striker starts with, but, well…either way, it did end up affecting the plot.
  • Tears of Remorse: Poor Ludwig wears his regret on his sleeve.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Every single NPC except for Miranda, Mr. Pudge, and the Elder write Ludwig off at best and at worst rub it in his face that Striker is dead.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer...: Ludwig’s Weapon of Choice, given that’s he’s a blacksmith and all.
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