Sneaky Goblins tells the story of Dank, a rogue-in-training who is rather lacking in experience and practical skills. After being expelled from the first year of assassin school, he checks out a shady-looking job listing out of sheer desperation. With a nigh-impossible task before him, and murder by employer looming if he gives up, Dank has to play the whole adventure by the seat of his pants, and hope he's good enoughand lucky enoughto survive.
Sneaky Goblins is written and drawn by Rene Pfitzner, a former animator for Disney and contributor to multiple comics and websites. It was begun in 2015, and has been completed. Its universe is set as a hybrid of Middle-earth and Azeroth.
Sneaky Goblins contains examples of:
- And Call Him "George"!: Bog has apparently had multiple pet rabbits.
- Angry Guard Dog: That was the wrong farm from which to try to steal chickens.
- Art Evolution: Compare Dank before and after his adventure.
- Blank Stare: In panel 2, Bog realizes Dank was lying to him earlier.
- Chekhov's Gun: The bones of Murdock the wizard, which Sonya takes for use as spell components, and Bog later reanimates to attempt escape from Elvish jail.
- Crystal Ball: The seeing-orb of Murdock the wizard.
- Eye of Newt: Sonya takes Murdock's bones for making spells.
- Failure Montage: Dank tries to kill a pig for breakfast.
- Fantastic Slurs: A human farmer calls Dank and Grimwold, who are goblins, bloody frogs.
- Fantasy Gun Control: Averted. Guns are occasionally used, but armor and medieval weapons are common.
- Just Take the Poster: Dank does this to find his first job.
- Knee-capping: Dank's father considers threatening the principal to get Dank back into school.
- Language of Magic: Sonya and Murdock both cast with words.
- Magical Gesture: Bog has got this down, more or less.
- Mooks: The blue-skinned creatures Dank kills to get to the seeing-eye of Murdock the wizard.
- Motivational Lie: Dank convinces Bog to take on the wizard.
- Real Men Cook: This burly guard from the mountain pass.
- Recruitment by Rescue: Engineered by Dank to convince Bog to join him.
- Retirony: Allan the town guard tells his friend about how he planned to quit his job to settle down, marry his girlfriend, and raise a family. Alas, we hardly knew thee.
- Shout-Out: Sophie taunts enemies like Hellboy.
- Stock Foreign Name: Boris Stroganoff, boss of the Saurwind Slugs gang.
- Wizard Duel: Sonya vs. Murdock on this page and the next.
- You Will Know What to Do: The pack Grimwold gives Dank at the beginning of their quest. It's a glider Dank later uses to escape from the tower where the Relic is kept.