Although Realm of Owls has a documentary-like narrative without a particular main cast, the creators themselves may occasionally turn into main characters when they embark on a journey.
Realm of Owls started in May 22, 2016. It became a part of the SpiderForest webcomic collective in 2017.
Realm of Owls contains examples of:
- The Ace: Aviatar travels, fights and meditates so confidently that he obviously knows what he is doing.
- Animal-Themed Superbeing: Mystery Horse took his name from, well, a horse and has super powers. At least he claims to have.
- Big Ball of Violence: When the owl people fight, they might turn into a dust ball of fists and faces.
- Blind Shoulder Toss: A couple of characters throw the original Das Law book behind. Also, the third member of Tip-Top Tempo Crusaders throws her broken lute away.
- The Cat Came Back: No matter how far behind AD Moslo is left, he finds his way back to haunt Gheralf.
- Cheshire Cat Grin: Vayandil and Gheralf's doppelgängers grin all the time, except without teeth, because they are owls.
- Chest Insignia: Peacemongers sport a surprised face insignia that later changes to an angry face insignia. Aviatar also has his own chest insignia loosely resembling an Ankh.
- Cute Owl: Especially the owl people's babies, but also the adults tend to look cute when they goof around and stare at stuff happening in front of them.
- Doppelgänger: Vayandil and Gheralf are chased by unsettlingly grinning copies of themselves.
- Filler Strips: The series has occasional filler material, specifically sections of Lord of the Realm reading fan mail.
- Fourth-Wall Mail Slot: The Lord of the Realm reads mail sent by fans.
- Funny Animal: Owl people's appearance follows owl anatomy for the most part, but they have some human-like attributes, such as hands instead of wings. It is also hard to tell genders apart, for the differences are as minimal as with most of the real-life owl species.
- Ghibli Hills: Outside the city of Buffet, the realm is filled with wilderness free from an intervention by advanced societies. Places like forests, swamps, grassy hills and a volcano.
- Hammerspace: Aviatar's bags hold all the weapons and items he needs.
- Head Turned Backwards: The people being owls, heads turning backwards are a norm rather than an exception, but it still works as a comedic effect.
- Hobos: Living in the outskirts of the city of Buffet, the hobos look, act and live like real-life hobos, but are mostly perfectly fine or even happy with their lifestyle.
- Humanlike Hand Anatomy: The owl people have a bone structure resembling a human hand rather than their wing feathers acting like fingers.
- Meaningful Name: The largest city is named Buffet because of an endless supply of rats to eat.
- Not the Fall That Kills You: Some people, especially the lofty who live in high homes, fall long distances but don't die when hitting the ground.
- Other Me Annoys Me: The doppelgängers smile perpetually, which annoys Vayandil greatly.
- Palm-Fist Tap: Sah taps in discovering that there is a lot simpler solution to the problem.
- Pauper Patches: The hobos, being hobos, wear patched clothing.
- Self-Insert Fic: The comic's creators have owly counterparts who live in the city among the other owls.
- Thinking Tic: The detectives have their hand on their chin so much that it is practically a part of being professional.
- Thousand-Yard Stare: Cacko keeps sitting and staring into distance, frozen in place and nobody knows what she has seen or gone through.
- Trademark Favorite Food: For some reason the owl people like bananas so much that they farm them.
- World of Funny Animals: The owl people are the comic's equivalent of humans. There are also other anthropomorphic animals that have human intelligence, like the Beast Lord who is a long-spined cat.